the client conceived this entire scene, everything from her wardrobe to the way she’d be walking away after having completed a job, I just did my best to illustrate it. I’ve never been good at drawing backgrounds (you’ll notice most of my art is a subject but no setting) so I wasn’t quite sure how I could show that this was a bar. When I’m not sure how I’m supposed to depict something, I look to cartoons, since they say a lot with very few details. immediately, Moe’s Tavern from The Simpsons came to mind, so I copied elements of it, even throwing in Moe himself as the bartender. the bad guys on the floor, and the bar itself were initially going to be just black and white, in a sort of Frank Miller style, but I started adding more detail “just for clarification” and it kind of got out of hand. that, coupled with the fact that I started re-reading and becoming re-inspired by AKIRA, eventually had me putting all sorts of details in; from the texture on the wood panels to the game on the TV. I used pencil for her skin so she’d stand out against the rough and grimy atmosphere, but didn’t want her looking TOO soft, so I made sure to make the scene extra bloody, and have her sort of walking away like an 80s action movie badass in front of an explosion. The client wanted her wearing that T-Shirt and cutoffs, which I thought would look great with Doc Martens and loose hair to give her a kind of punk/grunge/hipster style. her shirt and glasses were the perfect opportunity for me to use my favorite-color Sharpie, lavender, while the tiny details on her boots allowed me to play with my XS point pens.
gone in pen, pencil, and Sharpie on an 11 x 17” comic art board