in the strangest, most unheard of corners and edges of the planet. Where endangered creatures and outcasts prospered, there she would be; sharing stories and imparting philosophies amongst a population eagerly seeking what she had already found.
I really want to get better at writing, so that means I’ll probably have to start reading more. I’ll start by re-reading one of my favorite books, “Hatchet,” by Gary Paulsen. It’s a short read, but one of the only fiction books I own In the end, I would love to write a huge story, involving all of my demons, aliens, and creatures. I really have no clue how to compose a story though, so buckle up for the journey.
… to Planet 16. Considering himself king in this strangely empty stretch of humid land, he adopted a crown.
Figured I’d start giving these creatures some sort of a backstory. Keeping it to a few sentences for now though.
This piece here was done with mainly graphite and white charcoal. Prismacolor colored pencils were used for the eyes, galaxy gem, and background elements. Winsor & Newton gouache was used for the finishing touches on the highlights and stars in the galaxy gem. All done on a 10×13 piece of toned paper. Cheers!
I applied some gouache or the highlights and micron pen size 1 for the shadow areas. At some point, I lost interest and just hurried up and finished it. I really need to work on my speed. Hopefully, I’ll be moving on to bigger paper after I finish this sketchbook. 24 pages to go!
At this stage, I start to map out the big shapes, starting with the shadows. I’m still using only an HB pencil so I still have some wiggle room to push the darkest areas. I use the same method for the light areas. I’m always aware of my light source so I know where to and where not to use the white. I’m also staying aware of local value of things; i.e. sleeves, belt, jewel. And I’m still trying to figure out the head design and what to do with the “ears.” I shoulda not outlined those parts 😦
A new technique I’m using? No erasing. Unfortunately, I’m not getting that finished look so I might have to use it. We’ll see what the blending stump will do first. Okay bye