Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Nightmare

Pencil/Ink and Digital 11"x17"

I haven't done a dark piece in awhile with all my Cowboy Mummy work as well as with my new project: Captain Cushing and His Pirate Crew (Which you'll see later), but it was pretty fun and easy. It's amazing what a texture can do for you as it pretty much brings the whole piece together (as you can see below in my preliminaries). I had another project in my Comic Book Illustration class that had us ink two pieces (The Hulk by Kevin Nowlan and Hellboy by David Finch). I tackled The Hulk in a loose style similar to a favorite of mine, Jeff Lemire, and was really happy with how it turned out and wanted to experiment more with loose brush work. I figured this was the perfect project to try it.

The project was to draw a figure experiencing a nightmare without focusing entirely on facial expression. I did this by tensing the body around the blanket in a fetal position and then really only using the eyes to help out. I pretty much knew what I wanted out of the project from the get go, and just sitting down and drawing it didn't really change much.

Some personal criticisms: Some bad tangents. Especially with the pinky fingers. I don't know why I didn't have them overlap the blanket. Also, I'm not sure if I like that the boy covers the mouth or not. Otherwise, I'm pretty happy with it.

Here's some preliminary work from this piece (I didn't have a scanner when I did my pencils):

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