[ Kyu // process ]
1 | Thumbnail stage. Roughing out poses, ideas, etc.
2 | Rough sketch. Taking a thumbnail to a more finalized stage. At this point, I’m exploring the lines and shapes, keeping negative space in mind.
3 | Final sketch. Using tracing paper and graphite, I copy the rough sketch onto the final paper, then go back in with a stronger pencil lead to define the lines.
4 | Lines. For this piece, I used Microns to make the black lines, and Daler-Rowney Pearlescent acrylic ink for the blue ones (it shimmers!).
5 | Main body I. Used Copic markers and a Pentel Pocket Brush pen to get the scaly texture.
6 | Main body II. Varying the value of the markers, I finished putting in the color for the main body. Had to be mindful of the blue lines, though, as they were easily covered up by the darker color.
7 | FILIGREE. Holy biscuits, I thought this part was going to be hard, as I haven’t really done filigree before. Instead, it was really fun! Just letting the brain flow with the lines and form was delightful. (Though I may have over-done it??)
8 | Final piece. Oops. I got so over-eager in getting the essence effect in, that I spaced scanning more WIP stages, sorry! Basically, I used another color of that Pearlescent ink for the main form. Then I went back with blue Copics to tighten it up a bit. White gel pen for the accents, and Lyra Polycolor pencil for the under-lighting.
9 | Scratch sheet. I like to keep a piece of paper nearby that’s the same as the final paper, so I can mess around and experiment on it, rather than the final drawing. Decided to include it, because maybe y’all may find it interesting?
Hope this was helpful and fun to view!