Hi thereJust a quick post today showing the process shots of producing the two new mats I have done over the weekend (present perfect excusable there as the weekend is not over at the time of writing!) For both of these I had the Star Wars & Star Trek movies on for inspiration and freeze-framed several times to take screenshots!First step is work area preparation. I generally use the Kitchen as it has a big window, numerous light sources, multiple plugs for compressors, large work surfaces, and of course beer in the fridge!
The Felt was cut to size (with a couple of inches spare all round and taped to the wall. I prefer working on a vertical surface, it make the mat easier to access and the reservoir of the airbrushes remains upright.First step on this, or any mat, was to get some base colours down. I mixed various shades of blues, purples, and reds.The compressors were set to around 45psi (felt is far more forgiving than plastic so the pressure can be raised a little) and I started to spray. I concentrated the lighter tones around the top/centre to provide a focal point and deeper richer tones towards the edges.
I continued to define this area with successively lighter colours until I was happy with the definition and shape of the features
At this point I went back in with a very deep blue to redefine some areas and add some details. I also sprayed on some inks to add some depth to the colours. Inks are good for this as they intensify colours and take away the chalkiness that can occur when highlighting with cream/off-white.
I think I could have stopped here but an idea had come into my head.. Asteroid belt! To do this I decided I wanted them to be more or less siluetted against the background with stark edges to define their shape. I roughly cut and ripped out about 10 different shapes from a piece of paper and started to spray with pure black using these as templates. I varied the orientation of these and reused them across the belt. The smaller shapes were just freehanded on.
In the photo below I have just started to define the asteroids on the left. I looked for the nearest or strongest light sources to decide where to put the highlights. These were just freehand sprayed on with thin lines.
Once this was done I decided to add a large asteroid in the bottom right hand corner to add weight to the design. This was blocked in with black and highlighted in the same way as the other smaller asteroids
A few close ups;
And the finished Mat with a few more ink sprays to intensify colours
So, that's it for the first mat.. Now on to the second. The processes involved are more or less the same so I'll let the photos speak for themselves till I come to something different. The bottom was masked off for the edge of a planet, the only clear idea I had before starting. The colours change a bit in these shots as the natural light was fading and more electic light was taking over.
The little planet was painted using a tea plate size template cut out from a piece of lining paper and taped onto the mat. The interior was painted black and then highlighted closest to the light source. I started adding a little detail to the surface of the larger planet.
At this point I decided to start an intense light feature. This took a few attempts to get right!!
At this point, once again I could have stopped but I wanted to push the envelope a bit so decided to do some weird and wonderful lens light-refraction-burst things. Sorry I don't know the technical word. I found a few source pictures
I decided on the top right idea and cut out 6 or 7 circles form lining paper. I defined a straight line from the centre of the light source to the surface of the large planet and lined the circles to this. I held each one in place and gently sprayed the top and bottom edge so as to just define the shape without it being too dominant. The tops of each of these circles was then picked out with a small white dot
So that's it. Each mat took around two hours to produce. I hope that was of some use to you. If you have any questions please don't hesitate to leave a comment or contact me on twitter @wrkbnchwarriors
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