Emiliano Santalucia and I have been doing all the packaging illustrations for the MOTU mini-statues since they began.
Emiliano draws 'em up and I ruin them with my colors.
I was really happy with how Jitsu came out.
They never print exactly how I want, but does anything ever print like you want?
The figure is on a gray background because the figure is on a layer so it can be transfered to the packaging template.
In instances like that, I always color over gray so there is a neutral influence on my tonal range.
Tony Moore gave me some good advice on how to approach rendering in the future.
Work with mid tones and work out to highlights and shadows.
In the past, I've always done midtones/shadows out to highlights.
I did a little of that with Jitsu and the shadows, which allowed me to shadow his ribcage; leaning his torso forward,
and it allowed me to push his legs back, bringing his metal hand and arm forward without the aid of planial gradients to mask back areas of the figure.
I still haven't pushed shadows as far as I should.
I'll be working on that as time progresses.