The day I drew and posted Ask Axe Cop 8, a star was born. We found out that Axe Cop has a pet Tyranosaurus Rex named Wexter who has robot machine gun arms. He breathes fire and has a super-duper fast bite.
There was an image in that episode that has had a greater response than any other image in an Axe Cop yet. It is an image that, I didn't honestly even realize at the time, summed up manliness and the 5 year old boy's imagination all in one drawing… It was the image of Axe Cop riding Wexter to the moon to fight bad guys:
I decided I want to enlarge this image and color it. Offer it as a desktop at the very least… so I enlarged the small drawing from the comic and had a friend spot color it real quick and dirty.
But I was not satisfied. I wanted to print this thing into an awesome giant poster. I wanted the full color to be glorious. I wanted to take time and really go in there and detail this thing. So I decided to blow it up, then totally re-ink it at a bigger size:
Here are some close ups, comparing the old and new versions. First, Wexter's head:
Then Axe Cop…
Then the aliens…
And because I made this image longer (to fit poster size) I added a couple more aliens. One taking a round in the chest:
So, my next step is to add solid color to the whole image (colorists call it “flatting”) then from there start shading, lighting and all that fun stuff. I will keep blogging my progress so you can see how it is coming, then when it is ready it will be available as a desk top, and as a poster in the store. Coloring is not my specialty but I like to give it my best shot every once in a while.
If anyone reading this is an awesome colorist and ever wants to collab on something, I am always looking for someone who is good at coloring and likes doing it.