Wednesday, August 08, 2007

The Terminator

So, I had planned to do a different picture, but I was struggling a bit, so I decided to do something else, I will finish the other one though.
Quite taken with halftoning at the moment, might permanently add it to my personal catalogue of fx. Incase you don't recognise the scene, just picture Pill Paxton's corpse at Arnie's feet.
Er, what else? Hmm, the logo's 'inspired' by Monstermag stuff which I'm very taken with at the mo. It also reminds me of the logo for 'The Invaders'.... a Quinn Martin production!

Edit. A brief comment from Peter Bangs, allows me to ramble about my 'technique' :)
After scanning my line art I turned it red and removed the bg. In a seperate layer I filled in the main shape with a lighter red, then painted the tones in using white or varying degrees of transparency. Selected the 'colour halftone' from the pixelate/filter menu I set the 4 channels to the same degree to give the dots a uniform look. The I laid the original line work over the halftoned layer.
I used another layer to give Arnie a solid white bg and coloured the blood on his hand, this allowed me to make the fist nice and dark but still keep the halftoned shading effect
(I also didn't like the way the fist looked when I tried colouring it as part of the halftone) - don't know how well it shows up, maybe better on the larger version.
Originally the bg was going to be a flat blue so as not to jar with the halftone, but it didn't work, so I went for something a bit more textured. The logo was a hand drawn after thought that I really like now, looks like The Cramps version of the Terminator or something.
And that's it, apart from the trial and error I went through to figure all that out:)


Peter Bangs said...

Very nice. How are you applying the half tone? I've been struggling to figure out how to do this in Photoshop and it's driving me slightly crazy.

paulhd said...

Cheers. How do I do it? Wrong, I suspect. If you've seen my Deathrace 2000 pic, I faked a half tone by using a sort of potato print effect (which for that pic I prefered) This time round I'm still messing but I think it's a bit more 'proper'. I'll add the 'how to' to the original post.

Peter Bangs said...

Just out of interest, have you seen the newest incarnation of Scooby Doo, "Shaggy and Scooby Doo get a clue"? It's been done by WB Animation rather than HB with new character designs which are, frankly, the best they've ever looked.(IMHO) Plus the recurring villain is called Dr Phibes and Scoobs and Shaggy are no longer total cowards.

If you get a few minutes spare check out some of the websites about the show. Unless you're a dyed in the wool traditionalist I think you'll approve.

kelvingreen said...

Nice. The Terminator as low-budget 50's/60's US TV show! Love the halftone dots; I was thinking of doing something similar for a piece I've been humming and hawing about for months. Might take the plunge and do it now.

paulhd said...

Thanks Kelvin, give the halftoning a go, can't hurt.
Yeah, I really like the new look Scooby ans Shaggy Peter.

Andrew Glazebrook said...

Super de duper Paul !!

paulhd said...

Cheers Andrew!