If you would say that Haywire was boring, I hate you. If you would say that I’m terrible at capturing likenesses, I agree, but you’re still a jerk for saying it.
As exciting of a movie as Haywire was, I’m kind of pissed off at myself for drawing such a static, bland image to represent it. I wanted to depict Gina Carano duking it out with one of her many male foes, but I became discouraged after scrapping my 5th or 6th unsatisfactory layout. At that point I drew this image, which I was happy with until I inked it and lost any semblance of a decent Carano likeness that I’d previously achieved. For several days I planned to draw a new Haywire card in the hopes of doing a 2012 movie that I loved the justice it deserves, but because I’m lazy and I’ve been watching the Lord Of The Rings extended edition special features in anticipation of seeing The Hobbit all week, I never got around to it.
So, I ended up resigning myself to the old mantra of “I’ll fix it in the coloring stage,” which is surely some sort of oxymoron when the “I” in “I’ll” refers to me and “fix it in the coloring stage” means “improve the image at least a little bit via the application of color.” My main goal here was to, in some way, shape, or form, create an homage to the awesome color palette on display in Haywire. I watched a Youtube video on how to do gradients, I dropped some photos from Google into the background and warped them beyond recognition, I sampled colors from actual screen caps from Haywire, and I even fell back on my new favorite trick for making it look like I now how to use Photoshop: color holds.
And this is what you get.
In the words of my former Kubert School classmate Chris Staggs, which he wrote on the back of an assignment he’d previously turned in for a class when he gave it to me on the last day of school: “Enjoy my B- efforts.”
Drawn on 2-ply bristol, inked with Pitt pens, and abused in Photoshop.