When it comes to creating art for deadlines, my current weapon of choice is my Wacom Cintiq. But last week, I had a serious urge to grab a (real) pencil and put it to (real) paper beyond a simple sketch.
I decided to do a piece that will hopefully become one in a series of paintings based on classic fairy tales.
I cracked open my sketchbook, cranked up some Henry Jackman music for some dramatic ambience, and got to sketching!
I got the drawing pretty far along and completed in my sketchbook, then scanned it into photoshop for some minimal refining. My goal was to remind myself that I can draw and that I don't have to rely on the Undo button to create my art. I'm really focusing on trying to create portfolio pieces that incorporate more traditional media.
So, a quick rundown of how I did it (it's very basic):
The cleaned up drawing was set to a multiply layer on the top of the others and the coloring was done using flat blocks of color on subsequent layers. Being that I tried to get all the darks and lights figured out in the pencil drawing itself, only minimal highlights were added to the color. After that, some glows were added on top of all the layers, and that’s it!
I had amazing fun doing this and can’t wait to sink my teeth into more!