This was a personal piece I worked on to play with digitally rendering an ink image. Often a “cel style” approach is the simple answer to coloring an inked drawing, but I wanted to see if I could do something that had less of a cartoon feel. It also was an absolute blast inking the motorcycle and the textures of the old wooden fence.
Instead of over-rendering and noodling the color too much, I let my ink do a lot of the work for me in establishing form and texture. This allowed me to to keep a lot of the rendering pretty simple and play with color temperature a little bit. I also didn’t delineate a majority of the background. Instead, I inked the focal points and large pieces and left the background to be more gently rendered digitally to complement the crispness of the ink work.
I created a quick digital sketch and value study and printed that out to do the final ink drawing on. Once the final drawing was complete, I scanned the ink illustration into Photoshop and finished the color process digitally.