I’d quite like to illustrate some plays one day.
This Illustration Friday picture began as mammoths.
First I tried to draw them without reference, but it turned out I was a bit hazy on which parts were raised and which lowered, and started evolving a sort of hairy bison-pig.
Reference didn’t necessarily help that much. They have those weird elephant knees and feet (why do elephants paint their toenails red?) which make them look a bit like two men in a hide.
Then it trended a bit violent with the hedgehog mafia (not show) but I pulled a Spielberg and turned their guns into icecream cones, and after that it was all inevitable, really.
I drew the final image digitally, and while I like it I prefer the weight of hand-drawn lines. I may rework the image at some point, but in the meantime it is up on Redbubble on some t-shirts and as stickers for summer.
In which I endeavour to learn my way around Inkscape by way of Harry Potter fanart. Specifically young, mod McGonagall.
This began as a pen and ink drawing, which I may yet colour with watercolour. I don’t plan to use vector programs much more than I do at present (mostly for cleaning up lines), but there are always techniques it will be useful to know in case of future emergencies (this PSA brought to you by past emergencies).
A little pen and ink Neverland drawing with digital colour. I’ve put the colours separately below, because I like how they read – they almost work without the lines.
The clearly readable silhouette is an important principle of art (especially, I think, animation). It makes sure you can easily read exactly what’s going on. It’s something I think about a lot with my cut-paper pieces, and less with drawings than I should.
These are some of the earlier sketches for the idea. I still like them, and would like to play around with them, but I have Just A Few things due between now and when I fly out to America and Readercon!
The beginnings of fairytales (historic or galactic) are freighted with nostalgia, bearing endlessly back into a past that may not have existed and yet always has been long gone. It’s part of the logic of fairytales that I love, a clear warning that they happen on a plane of myth and symbol. “Outside, over there… Maybe it did and maybe it didn’t… Now hear o my best beloved, and listen, and attend… A long time ago…”
These two sketches are from fairytales-in-development, at the point where I was finding my way into that tone. Pencil and watercolour above, ballpoint pen below.
And here’s another, the cover of a sketchbook for a project with Angela Slatter. This is just for me, but here, too, I aiming to strike the note that will let me enter the mood and story when I sit down to draw (along with a key to the colours I’ve used).