I am so thankful for my Patron! Every month I show my appreciation by randomly selecting a Patron to receive a one of a kind, original piece of artwork, hand-drawn by yours truly!
Andrew, this little beauty is on it’s way to you! Thank you for your support!
As a Patron, you can see how I am writing, illustrating, and designing my first Comic-Novel! It is a realtime diary and knowledge share from me, a thirty-year design veteran as I pursue this personal goal and stretch beyond my creative comfort zone and grow.
So, please enjoy this process post for free! It is an excellent example of the type of content I am sharing!
Digital artwork has so many advantages over analog (traditional) artwork. I could list them all, and it would echo hundreds of pro and con lists you can readily find online. So, I am not going to go there. What value I think I can add is like any tool, where can it be used to make all the artwork you create better and save you time.
For this piece, I had multiple goals,
-Create a prize-worthy piece of artwork to give to one of my Patrons
-Explore some designs for Kickstarter rewards
-Try something new
-Continue to explore the final outlook for one of my characters
So, this character is from my book that is in development. He doesn’t have a name yet. However, I already know his beginning and end. The view is another angle from a scene in my book (which you can see and read the prototype online for free). This artwork shows considerably more of him than his first appearance in the book. I used this opportunity to explore what some of his armor might be. What is interesting about his character is that he doesn’t fight with some monstrous sword or axe as the genre might demand. He engages in combat with a long knife (as pictured) and a sword-breaker on the other hand.
I drew the scene for this card in ClipStudio Paint, so I had maximum editability, and the base artwork would serve for a digital piece as part of my backer rewards. I am always trying to maximize my efforts.
The artwork is 6x9in and a 600dpi resolution file making it future proof. Mainly I will be able to do almost anything with it after.
When I had the roughs the way I liked them, I printed it on my Brother $99 B/W laser printer.
I took a piece of 12x18in Cougar, 100# cover stock and cut it down with some straight edges and an X-Acto knife to multiple 6x9in cards.
I used post-it notes to fasten the blank cardstock to the laser-printed rough. I use post-it notes for a couple of reasons, the glue doesn’t harm the sheet (unless you leave it on for an un-Godly length of time) and I fold the corners up so I have “handles” that I can use to reposition the card as I am drawing.
On my LED light tablet, I completed the final drawing using the rough as my guide. I was not happy with it for some reason, so fighting the urge to erase it all, I put it away for a day, and when I came back to it, I could see more clearly what was wrong. The door was too short. So, I freehanded the more extended door in place and proceeded to ink and color the final piece.
I inked the final piece with a 01 Prismacolor fine tip ink pen. I line mostly everything first with thin lines and then go back with a brush pen to selectively fatten up lines and add an irregular stroke to things.
For color, I used a Tombow brush marker, N89, and N79 for the gray tones, using multiple passes to build the values. I then used these “no-brand” watercolor brushes I purchased at a local Micheals.
I hope that I shared something that will help you achieve your creative goals. I know you have them, so what’s the hold-up? Get after it!