Monday, December 8, 2008
I'm busy plowing through a long list of commissions that I want to get done before the holidays -- well, actually, before the 20th, since that's the day the lovely Miss Erika Loen and I are getting married. (See how I snuck that news in there without any fanfare? Clever, huh?) With Christmas, a honeymoon and New Year's (and her birthday!) all mixed up in there, I don't figure I'll get a whole lot done from the 20th until a little bit into January! So until then, I'm drawing up a storm, selling art on eBay, promoting my carnival sideshow figures (available now!) and crossing my fingers all our wedding plans go smoothly.
Now -- here's the newest batch of drawings. Since some have expressed an interest in my process, here are a couple in progress pics of Crystal and Lockjaw. After digging up character/costume reference on the web and from my bookshelves, I start with a 5.5 x 8.5 sketchbook and work up a fairly tight pencil prelim (first pic). I then scan that, enlarge it, print it out at 11 x14 and tighten the image up a bit on the printout -- still in pencil (pic #2). I then lightbox the pencils onto bristol board (not shown) and go on to ink and color (#3). I'm not charging enough for these, am I?
And yes -- as a private joke, I scribbled Kirby's cigar into Lockjaw's mouth. Just in the prelims. Yeah -- dogs shouldn't oughta smoke -- but damnit, it's funny how much he looks like Jack....