A marker drawing I did at the last Utrecht demo.
I'm going to give the framed original to my friend, who returns from his trip to France this week (that's his dog, Billie).
|The original chalkboard illustration.|
I did the canvas in the background, the black brush, and the red sketchbook!
|Here's our illustration on the cover of Utrecht's Back-To-School flyer!|
There's my name in the bottom corner!
|I helped with some of the shading on the shirt, and some of the lettering for the title.|
|I started on the face by laying out flat medium tones, then gradually added the darks and lights, |
blending with my fingers as I went along.
It's a long process, but with patience, it really pays off.
|After laying out the face and making some minor adjustments |
(you can see I lowered the nose and adjusted the jawline a bit), I added the hair.
|Now for the body. When working on the chalkboard, |
I discovered it was much easier to break the illustration down into sections,
starting with the head, then the upper chest, then the left shoulder, then the right arm, etc. etc.
|The reference image had very unusual anatomy on the right arm, |
so I had to flub it until I could get a better reference image.
|Reworking the arm, adding the brace.|
|The right hand proved to be the most difficult part for me.|
|After getting to a good stopping point with the hand,|
I moved on to the torso.
The hand wasn't perfect, but I could always come back
and make adjustments later after the entire illustration was laid out.
|You can see how I started to build the form, |
working from darker colors to lighter colors,
and from larger basic shapes to smaller finer details.
|The finished torso.|
|The pants were a little difficult to get right, but I got there,|
then moved on to the quiver, which was surprisingly easy and fun to work on.
|The finished quiver.|
|Added the left hand, which had to be flubbed.|
|Worked on the bow, starting with the left side.|
|Added some light blues to the bow to give it some reality.|
|Just a couple more things to work on and then some minor adjustments!|
|This is how I worked on the bow: |
I laid out a flat black color and added lighter colors from there,
blending with my fingers at first.
|A closer (though blurry- sorry!) shot of the right side of the bow.|
|Started to add some lighter tones with a soft pastel,|
blending with my fingers.
|Added some finder details with a white charcoal pencil.|
|Added some darker blacks to sharpen the details,|
using a black charcoal pencil.
|Started working on the arrow.|
|Full shot, arrow still in progress.|
I made some minor adjustments to his face to give it more depth.
|Finished the arrow.|
|Added the bow string and.... Finished!|
|Detail shot of the torso.|
|Detail shot of the right arm and the left side of the bow, with the quiver in the background.|
|Detail shot of the other side of the bow with the arrow.|
|Detail shot of the face.|
|The full illustration!|
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