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Super Hellboy by Drew Wise. Part of the upcoming Hellboy 20th Anniversary tribute art show @Hero Complex Gallery. Over 100 amazing artists will pay tribute to Mike Mignola’s Hellboy Universe! We will feature artwork from the show every week until the show premiere May 2nd.

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Demon(s)

My contribution to Hero Complex Gallery’s 20th Anniversary Hellboy show Friday May 2nd in Los Angeles, California. It’s an honor for me to be chosen to display for this show as Hellboy was my favorite comic growing up and a huge influence on my work.

Below are process shots divided into five steps I generally follow with every piece I do. 

Step 1: I divide the page into subdivisions based loosely on Andrew Loomis’ “informal subdivisions” in which you divide the space unevenly allowing you to visualize compositions more creatively. This is purely a creative endeavor and not a mechanic one. The tweaks I made to the process drastically reduce the numbers of angles possible which is inherently limiting but I usually function best when there are less choices and it forces me to come up with more creative solutions.

Step 2: Look for the composition. This is where the divisions help. If you have an idea in mind an image starts to form. I had a general idea in mind here. I love two things specifically about the Hellboy series. One; its unbelievable cast of monsters and demons and the idea of its protagonist constantly struggling against hordes of them, larger than life. I knew I wanted to depict that somehow. Secondly, I love Mike Mignola’s compositions. A favorite trick of mine and one that works since the dawn of time; from classical paintings to comics is the vertical placement of a figure against a blank background and a secondary compositional element that runs diagonally behind the primary vertical element. Look at Mignola’s covers. You will usually find this formula and a variation of it in almost every single one. So the idea became Hellboy on the bottom of the frame “topped” by a cast of demons and monsters.

Step 3: Once I visualized and finished the sketch, I brought it into Adobe Illustrator where I began building the illustration. I say building because I don’t consider it drawing any longer. It’s more about moving and dragging shapes and broken up shapes around sticking as closely to the original grid as possible.

Step 4: I rarely ever have a color scheme in mind so when I transition from outlines to shapes, I usually work in grayscale that allows me to build the values I will follow with the colors. Since I only work with flat shapes, this is usually tricky as I need to be careful about creating contrast everywhere without much of the color feeling too flat or not coherent to the image I want to build.

Step 5: For this piece I wanted to stay relatively true to the Hellboy color schemes Mignola uses. A bright red to make Hellboy stand out from the rest of the characters on the same page. I rarely work with such a dark palette so this was fairly new to me. Essentially three weights of color here. The warm grays of the demons, the yellow accents and the red of Hellboy. Finally I usually bring the final piece into Photoshop if I need to add adjustment layers tweaking hues and contrast.

Final also shown with original grid.

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This is my piece for the Hellboy 20th Anniversary show. The show opens May 2nd at Hero Complex Gallery in LA. The show is featuring some heavy hitters like Mike Mignola (creator of Hellboy), C.F. Payne, Brent Engstrom and many, many more. I’m really excited to be a part of this show!

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I wanted to share a little behind-the-scenes look of my Hellboy design (“Anung Un Rama, the beast with the heart of gold”) currently on display for the Hellboy 20th Anniversary Art Show at Hero Complex Gallery

To me, Hellboy is one of the richest treasures of Illustration & storytelling combined. (Mike) Mignola is a true master, who makes everything he draws look flawless, yet you can trace the evolution of his craft over the years. This is one of the many reasons I’ve found myself feasting on his books over & over again (good eye protein). You can always tell it is about quality. That’s something I highly admire and try to incorporate in all of my work and my life in general. 

When I started to work on my tribute I was frustrated because I wanted to draw 20 different images I had thumbnailed, but none of them satisfied me. I wanted something that combined them into one…one meaningful love letter that said it all. I kept going back to a doodle I had done 4 years back of Hellboy bearing his heart (which is heavily inspired by the cover of “Hellboy - the island #2,” which is my favorite Hellboy illustration (see first pic above)). I thought about Hellboy’s dual roles of protector & destroyer, the symbols that go along with him, and ultimately his sacrifice for the greater good.

What you see above is a layer by layer summary from start to finish. If you got this far, thank-you for reading!

Best,

-CHOGRIN
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Manuel Kilger’s Hellboy for the upcoming Hellboy 20th Anniversary tribute art show @Hero Complex Gallery. Over 100 amazing artists will pay tribute to Mike Mignola’s Hellboy Universe! We will feature artwork from the show every week until the show premiere May 2nd.

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The big Hellboy 20th Anniversary show opens tonight! Here is my painting for it. Right Hand of Doom - 11" x 17" - cel vinyl acrylic. Hope to catch you there!

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Pam Wishbow’s Hellboy for the upcoming Hellboy 20th Anniversary tribute art show @Hero Complex Gallery. Over 100 amazing artists will pay tribute to Mike Mignola’s Hellboy Universe! We will feature artwork from the show until the show premiere this Friday, May 2nd.

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This is my humble contribution to the official Hellboy 20th Anniversary Art Show at Hero Complex Gallery in LA this Friday. I can’t make it, but knowing that something I drew will exist in the same room as Mike Mignola is enough excitement for me!

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My piece is of course a parody of the great Milton Glaser’s iconic Bob Dylan poster (1966), which was inspired by the cutout self-portraits of Marcel Duchamp (1957), which were in turn based on something called Real Life (sp?) which I believe was a show that aired on NBC in the mid-80s.

A preview of Yema Yema’s Hellboy for the upcoming Hellboy 20th Anniversary tribute art show @Hero Complex Gallery. Over 100 amazing artists will pay tribute to Mike Mignola’s Hellboy Universe! We will feature artwork from the show every week until the show premiere May 2nd.

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Alina Chau’s Hellboy for the upcoming Hellboy 20th Anniversary tribute art show @Hero Complex Gallery. Over 100 amazing artists will pay tribute to Mike Mignola’s Hellboy Universe! We will feature artwork from the show every week until the show premiere May 2nd.

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Brad Hill’s Kroenen for the upcoming Hellboy 20th Anniversary tribute art show @Hero Complex Gallery. Over 100 amazing artists will pay tribute to Mike Mignola’s Hellboy Universe! We will feature artwork from the show every week until the show premiere May 2nd.

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Blain Hefner’s Hellboy for the upcoming Hellboy 20th Anniversary tribute art show @Hero Complex Gallery. Over 100 amazing artists will pay tribute to Mike Mignola’s Hellboy Universe! We will feature artwork from the show every week until the show premiere May 2nd.

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Rich Pellegrino’s Hellboy for the upcoming Hellboy 20th Anniversary tribute art show @Hero Complex Gallery. Over 100 amazing artists will pay tribute to Mike Mignola’s Hellboy Universe! We will feature artwork from the show until the show premiere tomorrow, Friday, May 2nd.

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Gris Grimly’s Hellboy for the upcoming Hellboy 20th Anniversary tribute art show @Hero Complex Gallery. Over 100 amazing artists will pay tribute to Mike Mignola’s Hellboy Universe! Premieres tonight!

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Erik Svetoft’s Kriegaffe for the upcoming Hellboy 20th Anniversary tribute art show @Hero Complex Gallery. Over 100 amazing artists will pay tribute to Mike Mignola’s Hellboy Universe! We will feature artwork from the show every week until the show premiere May 2nd.

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Simon Varela's Alien from Hellboy, for the upcoming Hellboy 20th Anniversary tribute art show @Hero Complex Gallery. Over 100 amazing artists will pay tribute to Mike Mignola’s Hellboy Universe! Premieres tonight!

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