Fitting all the pieces together
And at long last, here is the final sketch for the still-unnamed bar-room
What you see above is what I'll be coloring. If you read the
first issue of IMPrint, you'll see the
evolution to the final perspective of the room. The
second issue covered the development of
various characters, and now
you can see the result of all that sketching.
The piece is being done on 1/8" Strathmore hot-press illustration board.
This provides a durable ground, necessary for the high amount of punishment it
will receive from the business end of my Prismacolors. The hot-press
finish means it has very little tooth or texture
to get in the way of the detail I like to give my artwork.
I'll be using Prismacolors. These are great colored pencils for my style:
soft and waxy enough to give rich, deep color, but hard enough to
provide fine detail when well sharpened.
You'll notice the red numbers on the drawing above. Below are detailed
shots of those areas with accompanying notes. Of course, I can't show you an
up-close look at everything- I have to leave some mysteries!
But these will give you a good first look at some
details, as well as a better look at my sketching style.
|| 1) This is the ogreish main character I developed in the last
issue of IMPrint. All I had to do was refine him
as I drew him onto the illustration board, then flesh out his clothing.
2) The okapi-based centaur took a lot more work to develop,
but I'm really happy with the end result. This sketch doesn't show
any of the body markings he'll eventually wear.
|| 3) The bartender's pose changed a good deal from
the original sketch. It seemed more interesting and interactive
One of the MANY "extras" hanging out in, under, or behind the action. This
guy looks more like an alien than a fantasy creature, but I was drawing from
classic D&D monsters like the otyugh.
|| 5) If you have been to many fantasy convention art shows,
you know how much of a staple the winged cat is to fantasy art. So here's the
bar's aloof resident cat hanging out in the rafters with her friend the winged
mouse, calmly watching the fray.
| 6) This little section is actually a composite of several of
the character sketches shown last month. The basic idea for the pose can be
seen in one of the sketches. Some characters have been composited, but
at least one maintains the semi-aquatic nature.
| ||7) And those pesky guys playing cards again!
And now the real work begins!
I've taken a slow pace up until now, but things will speed up as the colored
pencil gets layed down.