I decided to do a doodle from a stock image I found on good old Deviant Art:
|My legs can't do that.|
The pose is a little crazy but I think it's dynamic and fun so that was a nice starting point. I sketched it out once just to figure out what the muscles were doing and then I came out with a drawing that looked like this:
|I adjusted the pose a bit, but it still doesn't feel quite right.|
Once I scanned that in I started working on Photoshop and inked in the line work. So far it's pretty much how I normally work, nothing special. I tweaked the feet a little more trying to make him look somewhat... natural. I think it came out all right.
|Let there be line!|
|Lookin' good! But still a little cartoony.|
|I struggled a little with the intensity of the background, didn't want it too busy.|
I ended up pulling the outline color to nearly black to keep the figure popping into the foreground. With the background I'm learning that there is a danger of making things too crazy and losing the focal point. Overall for a learning effort I think it came out reasonably well.