Thursday, April 02, 2009

More Bettie Page art

This is the piece I wanted to create back in December for Bettie Page's tribute but at the time I only managed a simple cartoon. So it's a little late to be a tribute, but anytime's a good time to draw Bettie. Expect more soon.

Here's a link showing the pencils and the halfway stage on the colours.


Blogger Unknown said...

freakin AMAZING!!!!!!!!!

Youre my hero....

1:30 PM  
Blogger Sagan Lacy said...

Geez Chris! Incredible!

3:36 PM  
Blogger Josh Spencer said...

These are great Chris! Its good to know you will always be WAY better than me. :)

8:50 PM  
Blogger Mark Selan said...

That's is absolutely, without a doubt, stunningly beautiful.

8:52 PM  
Blogger karl van der elst said...

absolutely great...

12:00 AM  
Blogger Jason Chalker said...

Beautiful light. Awesome job!

12:00 AM  
Blogger Scribbler said...

Holy ***t that's fantastic! Beautiful structure and lighting!

3:43 AM  
Blogger Mike Eppe said...

Cool drawing! Hot girl! Great work!

7:22 PM  
Blogger Mathieu Reynès said...

Incredible color work ! Beautifull :)

12:40 AM  
Blogger J. Nowland said...

Hey Chris.... WOW.... yeah... that about covers it... you have (yet again) made me feel like I have an ass load to learn.... but in a good way... thanks again... now I need to find all my brain bits...


6:39 PM  
Blogger Jorge said...

Wow !!! It´s great !!! I wanna add you to my own blog:

Greetins from Spain.

7:32 AM  
Blogger Arthur Gil Larsen said...

Fantastic work!
I really like the rendering on this one. Great cast shadows and variance in colour saturation. So much cool looking contrasts in this one

10:46 AM  
Blogger Carlos Mal said...

Your art is amazing. I wanted to add this site to my reader, but it seems your rss feed doesn't work.

12:49 PM  
Blogger Chris Wahl said...

Thanks everyone!!

Carlos Mal- I'm not sure what the problem is, but if anyone is having a problem let me know as well. Meanwhile Carlos, here are the feeds I know work-

9:11 PM  
Blogger Carlos Mal said...

Thanks, I added the feedburner one and it works perfectly. Thanks for replying so fast!

9:37 PM  
Blogger Fabian said...

Hell yeah! Great Bettie you did!! :)

7:34 AM  
Blogger Nico Di Mattia said...

It´s freaking awesome man!! Cheers.

4:08 AM  

BEAUTIFUL illustration!!!

2:51 AM  
Blogger lady cupcake said...

This is so wonderful. I think everyone else has already said it, but thank you for creating such a beautiful tribute. It's never too late for a tribute.

2:05 PM  
Blogger Kyle Poling said...

I have to agree with all the past comments, beautiful work - love the pose, color, and the lighting is awesome, perfect - love it!

11:57 AM  
Blogger Craig Phillips said...

wooo GREAT ! Love it.

7:37 PM  
Blogger Michael Dooney said...

Fantastic! I love the way your digital stuff has such a traditional hand done quality, so nice. Thanks for showing the stages, love that!

11:37 PM  
Blogger CCG Coordinator said...

Hi Chris,
Great job on this! I know I have asked similar questions before - please forgive if a repeat. What is your process with this piece? Did you use reference images? Is your first image actually a pencil drawing? Or is it done digitally? What drawing program(s) are you using? I'd love to see the layered file to see the progression?
Thanks for sharing!

4:03 AM  
Blogger Chris Wahl said...

Thanks all!

Jonathan- Originally the scanned pencil sketch was intended for someone else to colour, but when that didn't eventuate I decided to give it a go, as I really liked the pose.

It was based on a photo of Bettie Page, but I altered a few things to make it more appealing (mainly the flow of her hair, her expression and a slight stylisation of her physique). You can see the photo here-

Digitally I used Photoshop CS4. The linework was colorised on a separate layer. Flat colours were added onto another. A hard round brush with pen pressure opacity was used for painting. Once the initial painting was done the piece was flattened and the pencils were blended into the paint using the smudge tool with a speckled brush.

I didn't use many layers on this so unfortunately only have limited progression to show (namely the pencils and the halfway point, linked on the post)

1:09 PM  
Blogger Andrew Glazebrook said...

AWESOME !!!!!!!!! A fabulous picture of Bettie !

10:24 AM  
Blogger Chris Wahl said...

Thanks Andrew!

8:36 PM  
Blogger Dominic Bugatto said...

Damn that's fine.

4:35 AM  
Blogger Mark Sonntag said...

This is a great picture dude, it's up there with Dave Stevens.

2:31 PM  
Blogger Chris Wahl said...

Thanks guys!

Mark- We've gotta catch up one of these days. Been a while.

7:17 PM  
Blogger Stuart Ruel said...

Great reading your process man, simple stuff and well used. Any time IS a good time for betty.

12:55 AM  
Blogger Chris Wahl said...

Thanks Stuart!

1:10 PM  
Blogger kenmeyerjr said...

Wow...I didn't anyone could make Bettie Page look sexier than she actually looked in real life...but I think you have done, the core shadow tones on her legs (and everywhere) are subtle and gorgeous!

2:09 PM  
Blogger Chris Wahl said...

Thanks Ken!

5:42 PM  
Blogger Dapper Dan said...

Amazing work on your blog. Kudos!

5:22 PM  
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