Friday, September 16, 2011

Mesmerizing Duck King

zdepski's illustration of the Duck King - Moebius tribute
The Duck King
A tribute to Jean "Moebius" Giraud, and his influential work with Alejandro Jodorowsky and the Incal series in Heavy Metal. I was very taken with Giraud's work when I was a high school and college student in the early 1980s, and seeing his newer work with the Wacom Cintiq tablet furthers my interest.

The Duck King is just a weird little sketch from my trusty Strathmore sketchbook, imported into Photoshop for line clean-up and color. I used my old Intuos3 tablet in Photoshop CS5. You'll notice the same blue-gray used from the Hover Vespa piece, which was still in my color swatches in Photoshop. I think it works well with the little yellow Duck King ducking bubbles.

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15 comments:

Connie said...

Clever stuff!

Z-Kids said...

Love this!

Elizabeth Rose Stanton said...

Really nice. I love the color, and the pov.
Shiny.....mesmerizing ;)

michele said...

The Duck King had me so mesmerized, I couldn't look away. But I finally noticed the cool Hover Vespa when he was duck-king behind the bubbles! Both are great!

k.h.whitaker said...

I like this very much, very mesmerizing ;)

ArtSnark said...

fun & wacky illo

Savanna Rodriguez said...

Beautiful work in photo shop. This looks like something that could be printed on a t-shirt or something.

andrea said...

Cool!!! I love Moebius, too...

zillustration said...

Thank you, all! Pushing these goofy drawings to different places has been a great exercise. You go places the piece wants to go, not really thinking about a specific "final".

Richard Ewing said...

Moebius was one of my favorites in the early eighties when I was a high school/college student as well He was the coolest thing going.
I like the twists on the crown.



nice tribute.

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Ian Summers said...

Nice!

Anne Cooper said...

Great work! I can see this expanding into a storyline, perhaps the court of the Duck King? :) I'm a big Moebius fan too, his environments and landscapes in particular are superb.

Ana said...

great work!

Indigene said...

Very cool! :)

Anonymous said...

Illustration is a serious business. You got a wonderful gift. Would you care the share the software you used on each? I am getting fond of several drawing apps now that I have an iPad. Do you use them?