Time McFlys – 80s Movie Illustration

On October 26th I got my draw on to celebrate cult 1980s (eighties) movie Back to the Future and illustrated this Marty McFly piece in honour of the day that our intrepid time-traveller arrived in the future.

Back to the Future 2 - Marty McFly circa 2015!

Back to the Future 2 – Marty McFly circa 2015!

It was based on this rough sketch I inked and coloured in my moleskin whilst I was watching the film with my kids last month, I liked the character in the illustration so much that I decided to redraw the line art, scan into photoshop and try some digital colouring.

Sketchbook version of my Marty McFly character.

Sketchbook version of my Marty McFly character.

Having enjoyed illustrating 2015 Marty for Back to the Future day, I turned my attention to the other time periods to see if I could capture the essence of Mr McFly in those films.

First – Temporal Experiment number 1 (I know – I am a total geek!) Marty McFly 1985.

Twin Pines Mall - Marty McFly 1985. You built a time machine!

Twin Pines Mall – Marty McFly 1985. You built a time machine!

Fifties Marty McFly – Johnny Be Goode given a Hendrix slant at the Enchantment Under the Sea Dance in 1955.

Fifties Marty Rocking Out the Enchantment Under the Sea Dance!

Fifties Marty Rocking Out the Enchantment Under the Sea Dance!

Finally to complete the set I captured Marty giving it his best ‘Clint Eastwood’ look from Back to the Future part 3 – 1885.

Final showdown for Marty and Biff. Hill Valley town square - 1885

Final showdown for Marty and Biff. Hill Valley town square – 1885

Time McFlys when you are having fun!

The process for the four illustrations was pretty much the same:

  • Pencil sketch to ink outline
  • Scanned into photoshop and cleaned up.
  • Added a base layer of colour underneath the outline using some great marker pens I downloaded from Nanda S on Deviantart .
  • I then added a couple of highlights using a mix of soft eraser and very soft, low opacity white brush.
  • Merged the colour and ink layers in a new photoshop document and printed on 300gsm cardstock.

I hope you like them – Time McFlys when you are having fun!

 

Marty McFly - BTTF character illustration

Fully Interactive: The Monster Sneeze From Mars! – Now on iTunes

The Monster Sneeze From Mars!

The Monster Sneeze From Mars! Now Available on iTunes and iBooks

The Monster Sneeze From Mars! Now Available on iTunes and iBooks

 

My first interactive e-book, The Monster Sneeze From Mars! is now available on the iTunes store for all Apple devices.

The e-Book is fully interactive, allowing children to play with the pictures and fun animations to help this mischievous tale of aliens, sneezing and a mischievous relationship of a Dad and his daughter come to life.