This piece is a happy accident that happened while trying out some new art techniques. I recently saw a video of one of my favorite artists, Adam Hughes, demonstrating how he uses gray Copic markers with pencils and inks. I like to paint digitally in Photoshop, and painting a piece in grayscale generally cuts down a lot of painting time. (Since you’ve laid down the proper values you can use almost any color palette and everything will look right.)
The Copic markers are a lot of fun to work with. They’re basically like playing with watercolors in pen form. Here you can see the 3 stages of this piece:
I worked off of photo reference for her pose and clothing, but i ended up changing her face, hair and tattoos. In some ways I wish I had planned this piece better. I did the sketch for practice and because the photo was cropped I didn’t bother drawing in the rest of her right hand. I could have, but I was actually thinking of just throwing this sketch away. Since it was meant to be disposable I decided to try out the Copic markers and was pleasantly surprised by the results. So I decided to mess around in Photoshop and see what would happen. I kept rolling the dice and didn’t expect to like the end results. The lesson here is always finish the anatomy drawing!
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As usual – this and more of my art can be seen in my gallery. Stay tuned!