Process: Kung Fu meets Fu Manchu


I embarked on taking this composition in a more experimental direction. I wanted to mimic the old mis-registered prints from movie posters and wrap it up in a loving tribute to Shang-Chi, Master of Kung Fu.

kung_fu_guy

I wasn’t happy with the initial pencil rendering of Fu Manchu, so I scrapped it completely and started over again.

kung_fu_guy_colored

After performing a grayscale test, I realized that what was missing was highlight values. So I added them in. Here’s the first pass grayscale test.

kung_fu_guy_grayscale1

And the second pass, with the highlights added around Shang’s muscles and face.

kung_fu_guy_grayscale2

Finally, here’s the finished piece.

kung_fu_guy_final