Recently I was called upon to create six images for a card game called "One Hit Kill" created by John August. There are some super fun cards and I had the pleasure of creating a handful of them. This particular card I'm featuring was one of my favorites to work on. Basically it's a badass scout ready to take on the world and kick some butt. Images of a sweet girl in uniform yielding a baseball bat, hunting knife and a black and blue eye immediately entered my head.
Stop. Reign it in. This has to have a softer approach than that plus it needs to remain kid friendly. So let's think magical or smart and sassy tough girl. Let's give the client a choice.
FYI: I was netflixing Buffy the Vampire Slayer while working on this piece. Super girl power infused inspiration right there.
|Original Graphite Sketches. She needed to be a sassy scout with attitude. I thought pink brass knuckles would be a fun addition. I also thought that a magical cookie box could hold a lot of power. After all they don't ever last very long in the cupboard...constantly calling out my name. Pretty powerful cookies if you ask my bathroom scale.|
|I wanted a round cookie motif in the background so I designed the initial base in Illustrator using the polar grid and basic shape tools. Oh, and the almighty pen tool. Don't hate the pen tool. Love it.|
|Some more badges. I knew most of these would be covered by her arm and pink brass knuckles but I still needed them drawn out.|
|This is the final before the cookie correction. Below is a step by step process of the piece which includes the final cookie correction. It's about 10 seconds so it shouldn't bore you too fast.|
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