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Inception: The Big Under cover by JRSly Inception: The Big Under cover by JRSly
My entry for the Inception: The Big Under comic book cover contest.

Check out my blog for work-in-progress shots. [link]

This was a lot of fun to make. And it was a great exercise to help me learn to work better. The deadline forced me to conceptualize as fast as possible, work quicker and keep my nose to the grindstone. I think I'll definitely see an improvement in my drawings, and the time it takes to create them in the future.

Painted in Photoshop CS4 over the course of the last couple weeks, off and on as work and family/holiday obligations would allow.

Some of my thoughts on why I did what I did. I think a cover is a lot like a movie poster in that it should function as advertisement as well as art. It should tell you something about the story while at the same time pique your curiosity and make you ask questions about what happens.

Immediately, I think this cover tells you Saito is a central focus and there is a distinct Japanese theme. And Nash being featured prominently can convey that it's a prequel story. The samurai sword seppuku is a compelling, striking image that has to grab your attention. And the mysterious girl in red? Who is this? Who is she shooting at? What are the circumstances involved?

A goal I always kept in mind was to avoid as best as possible conflicts with the inner art. For example, we don't know what Sonia looks like, so I didn't really want to create my own image of her that was unlike the version you'd see in the story. So she's heavily shadowed. An execution that serves both the purpose of not conflicting, as well as creating an air of mystery and intrigue. Likewise, I didn't want to fully illustrate the exciting opening scene because we don't know what the riders look like exactly.

Okay, I've prattled on long enough, thanks for looking!
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ZeroEnd Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2011
I think you've got this one won. Congrats on making the semi-finals.
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JRSly Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks very much, I hope so, that'd be great!
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kittythejuggalette Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2011
i love it!
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thenarnianlullaby12 Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2011
Ohmanohmanohmanohmanohman,this is sooooooooooooo cool! Yours stands out from the others cause it actually has elements of the story that make me want to read the comic, like the faceless woman and the biker about to stab himself. Well done! :D
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JRSly Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks, I felt that was important, making an image that was distinct from the movie. Something unique and pertinent to the comic story instead of just a, no matter how well rendered and composed, generic Inception image. I hope Mr. Nolan feels the same way.
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Cospoison Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2011
Very creative, well composed and well painted: compliments for your talent!!
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muffinpoodle Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very dynamic design! And beautiful painting skills.
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JRSly Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks, and to Cospoison above. I've felt like some of my other paintings had been too overworked to the point of being bland, so I tried to hold back and leave some rough brushstrokes and not blend everything to death. Glad it still looks good!
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JRSly Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for the comments, I'm really excited just to have made it this far!
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AnathemicConfusions Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This seems the best to me!
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TheCreativeJenn Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
I can tell that this was fun to make. Good job!! I'm so glad this one made it to the finals. :heart:
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ProjectENDO Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2010  Professional Filmographer
Your cover totally kicks my cover's ass.
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JRSly Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ha, thanks. I really dig your composition, it's very creative. Minimal but still powerful. Here's hoping we both at least get to the top 15!
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ProjectENDO Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2010  Professional Filmographer
I doubt mine's gonna get that far, but thanks for the optimism ;)
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shway--dude Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2010   General Artist
nash but no arthur? poor arthur.
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JRSly Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I figure Arthur gets enough love from fans, where as Nash never really got a chance to shine in the movie. And the comic story is much more 'Cobb and Nash' and Arthur doesn't figure in as much.
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