From Pencils To Inks…

I’m often asked how I do what I do… Artists’, we get that a lot, right? I happily let people know that there are no magic wands involved and that the process usually employs only a little elbow grease, a jot of focus and the ability to apply oneself.

As a teacher, it’s ultra important for me, that my students understand this…

Here’s a drawing from a couple of years ago and the three-step-process I took to achieve the final (inked) version:

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Bins…

I liked this drawing from a few months ago, thought I’d tighten things up with some scratchy line art…

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Hide And Seek. Steps…

Thought I’d simplify things this morning. I began this idea yesterday and felt obliged to see it through to completion. Here’s how it came into being…

 

  1. The rough idea. Just scribbling the elements of the image down, letting it happen…

badgers hide and seek2_smlTightening things up a little, also thinking in terms of tone…

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Taking the overall thing a few steps further. The image is tightening up a lot more, giving me more to work with and the direction of the overall image…

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Here’s how things look before I begin adding the colour in photoshop. I knew I didn’t want any cross-hatching or any elaborate linework so, keeping things as simple as possible…

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And here’s how things ended up…

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Nuts

I knew there was a critter missing from this merry band. Was going through my reference photos this morning and saw my Squirrel folder. Will draw this character some more…

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The Fantasy Artroom KIckstarter Is On A Roll…

After a day, the pledges have begun rolling in…. If you’d like to be involved, please repost the links, pledge, share to your Facebook wall (etc), every little helps. The book is being developed for beginner to intermediate students who love fantasy art, but not limited to fantasy art. he techniques in the book will be useful across a whole range of genres and the mediums covered are pencil, pen and ink and watercolour.
Click on the video below to find out more.

Thanks, In Advance!

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