Shout out by Ariana Greenblatt
Ariana Greenblatt, the actress that plays Tiny Tina in the upcoming Borderlands Movie, tweeted out my artwork of her in the Tiny Tina outfit. So, folks, I have made it to Hollywood, I can retire now :P. Sometimes, I wonder if I spend too much time on my thumbnails and is it all worth it. Things like this show me that I spend my time well. Thanks, Ariana, looking forward to seeing you on the big screen!
My Tiny Tina Artwork
I use this artwork as one of my thumbnails here up on the site. For this, I photoshopped one of Ariana’s press photos. First I cut out the background and ran the image through a paintbrush filter. This way you kinda get the hand-painted look that the Borderlands games are known for. And of course, there needs to be a black outline around the “character”.
Then I layered the Tiny Tina assets over her. I actually got these from the Borderlands 3 Cosplay Guides. This was a relatively simple cut-out process and placing them at the correct scale over Ariana. I made sure beforehand that the assets that I wanted to use also would fit the angle Ariana is posing in.
Now I needed a good image for the background. Tiny Tina is known for her explosions, so I booted up Borderlands 3 and took some photo’s from Psychos getting blown up. This also gave me the color pallet that I needed to use to add a bit of a glow to Ariana. This makes it more believable that she is part of the environment.
That leaves us with some final details. A bit of color correction. Adding some more linework on Ariana’s face, around the eyes and nose. I also added a bit of a glow and lens flare to the Tiny Tina headpiece she is wearing. Ariana already nailed the Tiny tina pink lipstick, therefore, I didn’t need to do adjust this.
Another nice detail is the paw print underneath her eye. It’s a small detail but Tiny Tina has it in the game but as a fan, I just had to take it a step further. I know I spend a lot of time on my thumbnails. Looking at the images other media use, they are just lazy. Some even use wallpapers from my site and slap a cutout of the actor on top of it. But mostly it’s just 2 images next to each other with the actor stock photo on the left and an image of the game character on the right.