I referenced “Fashion: A History from the 18th to the 20th century,” for this drawing. It’s a great book to own for artists. You can look to it for patterns, stitching, how certain materials are affected by light, and folds and they way they interact with gravity and the forms underneath. This piece was done with graphite and micron on smooth marker paper.
Another study from the great reference book, “The Hula Kahiko Collection,” by Kim Taylor Reece. This was a close-up portrait of one of Mr. Taylor’s subjects that caught my eye when I first flipped through the book. I knew I had to draw her.
I used my go-to technique of sharp angles and upsidedownedness to get the her likeness.
The image cropped off her hair so I had to draw up a stylized interpretation of it, which was a happy accident (RIP Bob Ross.) Everything else was just an effort to get a nice silhouette. The final touch was adding bits and pieces of micron for the darks. It’s necessary for that nice pop.
There are definitely some things I wish I would’ve approached differently, but that’s the objective with these studies; is to try things you think might have otherwise worked out. For example, before the island/ocean background, I had just made up a wreathe of very made-up leaves and it just looked… off. I couldn’t really figure out what I didn’t like about them, but I went based on instinct. That’s when drawing with a light line in a light color (I prefer Prismacolor Col-Erase pencils for this) really helps out. I was able to change that out easily.
Thank you for looking and maybe reading. Bless all
He was exiled…
… 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!