Another post from the friendly art challenge experiments. This one was to draw “Big Vs. Small” while somehow adding the elements of a clown nose and a penguin. For some reason, I decided I had enough (magical) free time to do a two page comic (it did start out as a one page sketch, so maybe that’s where I messed up). So, for that reason I stayed up until 4am last night drawing comics about an anthropomorphic penguin with an itch for sword slicing clown noses from trolls.
All in all, I probably spent near ten hours on this. Probably a bit less, but it’s been a busy week and I’ve had trouble keeping track of time. But, I did figure out how to describe my “steps” in creating art. And it goes a little something like this:
1 – Loose content decisions. Before I even really start “sketching” out the characters or places, I decide what I will draw and where. If it’s a comic or sequential art, I also decide all the “camera angles” and panel sizes at this step.
2 – Sketching. After I decide the “camera angles” and where everything will be, I need to explore how it will look. This is where I loosely and quickly plan out and start fixing the anatomy and perspective and construction (of the figures and environments) that I decided on in phase 1.
3 – Possible sketch refining stage. This isn’t always necessary, at least not on everything I sketched, but sometimes I need to go back and re-sketch something to fix blaring issues that I couldn’t figure out with my first sketch. Sometimes this also happens because I decide to add more detail or something that I didn’t plan out so good the first time. I usually do this step in a vibrant color for some reason… I don’t know why but it helps.
4 – Clean line drawing. Once I’ve got a handle on the construction and design of everything, I go in with the intent to create clean and final lines.
5 – Coloring. Obviously the next step is adding color and that in itself is a big process and should have it’s own break down of steps… unfortunately, I’m still figuring that part out. I’ll try to pay attention more in the future and let you know when I figure out what I’m doing there (frankly, I’ll probably be better with color when I do, so you might know before I do).
Thanks again for stopping by, I hope you enjoyed your visit or learned something… maybe something about how dangerous a penguinman is with a sword?