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Fitting all the pieces together

And at long last, here is the final sketch for the still-unnamed bar-room brawl:

the final drawing

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.

orgeguy 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. okapiguy
bartender 3) The bartender's pose changed a good deal from the original sketch. It seemed more interesting and interactive this way.
4) 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. otyugh
winged cat in the rafters 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. smaller fight
old guys playing cards7) 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.


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