Aby-a-Day – 4 Juni: “Forget about style; worry about results” (Cartoon Tuesday)

Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Finals was yesterday, and the series is split 2-2, with Boston and St. Louis winning a game each home and away. Last week, I posted a drawing of Jacoby as the iconic “flying Bobby Orr”. This week, it’s finished!

jakeorr-uni

But apart from sharing the final drawing, I thought I would also share the layers that create it. This is the “Uniform” layer, which I coloured using the incredibly useful NHL Uniform Database to make certain I got the colours and stripes right.

jakeorr-justjake

This is Jake’s colouring. It’s actually three different layers merged together to get the depth of colour in his fur. The whiskers and eyeshine are on a separate layer.

jakeorr-combined

This is the finished Jake and his shadow. Then, for the background, I ran the original photo of Bobby Orr through the “cutout” filter.

jakeorr-facecloseup

I am particularly proud of the way his head turned out. Aby markings are deceptively complex to render realistically.

Hopefully this will give Boston a little luck in the next two or three games…GO BRUINS!

4 thoughts on “Aby-a-Day – 4 Juni: “Forget about style; worry about results” (Cartoon Tuesday)

  1. OMG, this is truly awesome! (But aren’t you too young to remember Bobby Orr? Never mind, your Boston/Canadian roots would do it…🙂)

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  2. I loved this cartoon–instantly recognizable as Jake–when it was in black and white and your coloring work is fantastic, Thank you for the close-ups. Aby color is indeed extremely difficult to get right, which is why I have never bought a print or a tee shirt featuring an Aby.

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