I think this was inspired by a Star Wars Tie Fighter pilot action figure that belonged to my brother. Or to be specific, I built upon the helmet and the chest plate design.
In the sketch, I added a weapon in the left hand, a truncheon in his right, body armour-plating, and armoured cables (the idea was that the weapons and other equipment were hooked to his armoured suit’s control systems).
Coloured with watercolour pencils (i.e. water-soluble colour pencils) and inked over with black and a little of red (I remembered I only had these two ink colours available).
A sketch was made on plain A4 paper, in pencil. Then it was outlined with a marker point (with a heavier point) and then scanned (as JPEG file).
Using Photoshop Elements, the outlines were picked up using the Marquee tool as a separate layer. Colour fills were made over several layers (with colour gradients), then finishing it off with a photo-filter (“Render->Lens Flare” effect).
This version was enhanced using Photoshop Elements to brighten the colour tones. I realised the original colours looked rather faded so for the re-prints of the guides, I cropped the image from the original Hi-Res scan, then adjusted the Brightness and Contrast.
I was experimenting with the various settings in Audacity (freeware — a must-try) and discovered that you could speed up the recording under the Set Rate feature (see screenshot).
After toying with a few settings on the rate, I settled at about 70,000 Hz as it gave the best overall sound — the piano keys now sounded like an electric banjo or Sitar.
Ref: Music Experiment: January Skies
Play a few bars, take sample recordings, adjust the volume controls… try a few takes… sounds OK.
Fiddled with sound editing software — that took a longer time but it was easy enough.
Happy with edited recording? OK, find a audio hosting service, create an account, upload file — and hey, I’ve become a published musician in less than a day!
Only minor editing involved — cutting out the front and end (where there was just silence), increasing the overall playback volume, and adding a “Wah-wah” effect to one small part near the end of the track.