IN­DIE COMICS

Learn how Brett Par­son paints the ul­ti­mate rebel – Tank Girl!

ImagineFX: Sci-fi & Fantasy Art magazine - - Front Page -

So I must have been ei­ther 11 or 12 years old when I first dis­cov­ered Tank Girl. A comic book mu­seum that I would go to, of­ten sev­eral times a month, was hav­ing an ex­hibit of all the art­work from the orig­i­nal se­ries. This was my first in­tro­duc­tion to Tank Girl, to the art of Jamie Hewlett (now fa­mous for cre­at­ing the car­toon band Go­ril­laz), and to the bizarre slap-stick writ­ing of Alan Martin... it would change my young brain for­ever. It was the first time I re­alised that comics can be fun. Twenty years later and I’ve had the hon­our of work­ing with Alan Martin on a few Tank Girl sto­ries, which are hope­fully help­ing a whole new gen­er­a­tion of warped young minds to dis­cover her.

Now if you’re think­ing, “Who the #$@! is Tank Girl?”, do your­self a favour and buy as many books as you can. But if you’re al­ready a fan, then you’ll un­der­stand how ex­cited I was when ImagineFX con­tacted me about hav­ing her on the cover. This work­shop re­veals my process of cre­at­ing an im­age of Tank Girl from the rough sketch and fi­nal line work in Sketch­Book Pro, to the fin­ished colours in Pho­to­shop. It’ll help to have an un­der­stand­ing of ba­sic draw­ing meth­ods, and how to treat light and shadow. But all of these tech­niques can be ap­plied to a wide range of skill sets and styles. So strap on your boots, slap a Band Aid on your head, and let’s have some fun!

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