Wednesday, January 27, 2016

From Roughs To Finished Illustration




How did I arrive at the finished illustration on the upper left?

First it was a fun story to illustrate about a rescue mission gone wrong in the amazon and how the rescuer was able to complete his mission and survive. It was like a pulp adventure story based on a real life story. I was asked to illustrate three scene's, in this one I had to illustrate the main character evading a charging crocodile.






I provided three rough sketches for the scene. All of them were done in Sketchbook Pro. I had a tight deadline and the fastest way I could work this sketch is by doing it digitally.

The editor picked the rough in the center (B).







I took that rough and enlarged it in Sketchbook Pro and began to develop the drawing further. I had more reference for the crocodile than I did for the male figure so a lot of this was from imagination.


I took a few tries at refining the mans pose.




 After I was satisfied with the pose I placed the figure on a separate layer from the crocodile and the background and began to paint.





I painted the illustration in the manner I always paint using Sketchbook Pro. I did not save the steps in the painting from start to finish but I have many videos on YouTube like the one below where I show and explain how I work.














Wednesday, January 13, 2016

A Sketch Before I Fall Asleep




One of the things that I am determined to do is draw everyday. Some days are harder than others though. Sometimes after a long day at work, I come back home to see my son in my chair on my computer,  or I have to  help my son out either with his Spanish homework or some other need. I also need to spend some time with my wife and my other son. Then I'm exhausted.

I know whatever I sketch at that point isn't going to look very good and that I would be relying on imagination and memory rather than drawing from observation or at least a photo reference. Some of these just look awful, but I need to do it. My drawing is better when I do it consistently. I also begin to grapple with my weaknesses in drawing which I can't do if I don't draw everyday.

So these are my emergency end of the day I got to get this in before I fall asleep sketches.





I used a photo for this watercolor sketch of my wife.