I did some more that I wanted to show you, continuing to experiment with this simplistic and self-expressive style.
It’s self-expressive because it carries on with my impulse to record feelings and moments that I want to capture and the lining colour, as well as the extra details, is a reflection of that feeling. The muscle-man tells that muscles don’t compare to real, practical muscle and it’s comical of the typical “meathead” as they’re called around here. Another one to mention is the sleeping fella, whom resembles me and my consistent bouts of fatigue when I get up in the morning.
Like I said, it’s simplistic and self-expressive so although it’s cartoony and most often comical, it’s also personal :).
Being able to interpret and capture the surrounding environment in any kind of media is a crucial skill to have for an artist/illustrator. Since I’ll be referencing objects and places in the real world for my inspiration, recording any peculiar detail will be helpful as a guide and refine my technical drawing skills, no matter how rough or neat. Here’s some pen drawings I did of objects in and around my surroundings:
Also, I happened upon a book called Gray’s Anatomy by Henry Gray and as it says, GA is one of the best reference books for students, doctors and artists. This will also be helpful towards my aspirations in terms of being able to study anatomy and get a better insight into how each body part, nerve, muscle and gland works so I can draw the best figures possible.
It’s a huge book, but as mentioned earlier, it’s for reference when I need to look something up. This kind of book will be essential for when I head off to University in September and it’ll be a great learning tool.
Simple concept, the meerkat plays the role of the scout in my animal kingdom.
Being as one of the most naturally careful and alert species on the planet, they make the ideal scout for their abilities to spot danger and move/hide quickly.
I’m bucking up the drawings in terms of quality so I can get more detail in. Just so that they seem more “full” as a piece of concept art or whatever. I mentioned in a previous blog post about these initial sketches staying initial and just jotting down all the ideas and creating them first. Once that’s done, I can get to creating more complete illustrations.
With all the time and effort it took, here is the final product, all hand drawn.
I decided to make the text scribbled and a bit messy, something dynamic and cartoony for the sake of the design. A lot of it is shaded for depth, but I used a variety of colours to bring across the craziness/insanity of our character, Murray Walker. The blue for the wires contrasts with his hair colour and it’s a decent colour for wires. The toughest part, was making a 2D illustration appear 3D, so I was literally drilling some tones and shading in some areas that were a bit more sunk in than other parts. The background is white because of two reasons: 1. Paint would crease the paper and 2. Using pencil, ink or oil pastel would ruin the overall piece. Plus the fact it would draw attention away from the main subject. With enough detail and colours in the illustration already, the piece didn’t need a snazzy background to compliment it.
Well, after finishing it, I signed it (of course), took some pictures and handed the final product to the client (aka. my dad and his friend) and I also provided them with some good quality photographs too. It’s received positive feedback and I hope you guys like it too :).
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