While I have (still) not managed to read issue fifteen (and onwards) for More Than Meets the Eye, I really, really enjoyed the debut of the Scavengers and Grimlock joining the crew of the Weak Anthropic Principle. I love all the Dinobots, and while Swoop may be my favourite, who wouldn’t have a soft spot for a giant T Rex that proclaims himself to be king and either breathes fire or has a flaming sword? So his communication difficulties just made me feel for him. From famed and feared Autobot warrior, to this.
And while I may not have read past issue fifteen, there is still fan art and fanfiction, which I have delved into to read as much about the Scavengers as possible (usually with Fulcrum or Misfire driving the story), and I always find myself endlessly amused by the ones where Grimlock only listens to Fulcrum. The K-Classer and the Dinobot. A friendship made in the Well.
I would like to point out that this is my first time drawing Grimlock, and he was easy in the areas I thought he’d be difficult, and difficult in the areas I thought would be easy. Example one being his face mask. Because while it is glorious and I do adore it so very much, I revised certain parts of it a good number of times. At the bottom of the post is a progress video for this.
With the sketch, I was only very briefly glancing at comic panels with Grimlock in them (my favourite set being where Misfire tells him about a ‘sophisticated form of military parley’ while making the time out sign), hence the difference between the sketch and the lines I did later.
Here was where I started relying more heavily on my comic references, but it resulted in a greater level of accuracy, and I’m quite pleased with the results. The reason for all the grays was to have the areas for colours already marked out and their layers set to alpha lock so that I’d be able to just apply colour later.
I added the colours, and then I made a new layer and set it to overlay so that I could just apply some general highlights with two different airbrushes.
I used a few more overlay layers both for the highlights and shadows, which is something I haven’t tried with shadows before. I’m not entirely sure whether or not I like it more than using the multiply layer, but I’ll experiment a bit more with that in another picture, in all probability. The great thing about using the overlay layers was that I didn’t have to constantly switch colours like I would when shading on the same layer to build up to a bright spot. It also meant I used the smudge tool less.