For this next design I decided to try something a bit more abstract. I began by finding an image of a gnarly gorilla.
I cut out the gorilla's face and then masked out the left hald, duplicated the layer and then flipped it horizontally to create a more mirrored and symmetrical effect to the gorilla's face.
Over top a solid black background I added a few blending modes including a gradient overlay and curves adjustment layer to tweak out the colour in the gorilla's face.
Next came the tedious process of painting in each strand of hair, using the Wacom drawing tablet made things much easier. I decided to use bright and dull shades of both green and blue to define the different tonal values.
Next, I added some green ooze dripping from the gorilla's mouth.
Now to incorporate the ape into a suitable environment. I painted in a Rorschach-esque splatter design behind the gorilla to add a bit of depth, adding in some dripping paint effect.
To finish off the design I added a few light effects in the background to give the illusion of stars, keeping with the symmetrical theme. And here you have the psychedelic space ape.