BEHIND THE SCENES AND PREVIEWS
Most often the case with any piece, believe it or not, is that
the actual final execution of it is easy part. The bulk of
the time, thought and effort goes into planning...laying things
out...arranging the composition for the fullest effect.
There's the initial inspiration (which is fairly instant) there
is the converting that inspiration into a workable
plan/compostion/layout (that could take days...man hour upon man
hour of working and reworking "measure twice, cut once" is a
phrase that applies here. I like to have everything
figured out to the last line before I get right down to making
the final piece. because when I don't...it's usually a
nightmare). The final execution of it is usually the least
stressful or mentally taxing part of the whole process.
This piece is the exception that proves the rule. The
composition is pretty straight forward, because that is what's
called for. I did a little fancy stuff via adding a third
vanishing point to have the observer feel they are looking down
at the scene...
Just for good measure I made sure an equal amount of percision
was used on all of the planes...
I decided to give myself a little breathing room and do the
planes on a different layer, but basically they get refined to
the same degree as the final penciled first layer. (below)
and that...was the easy part.
What I am neck deep in now is the tedious precise inking of all
those lines and details. It is a grind. I'm usuing a no.0 brush
( gives you about a .25 line wide...uhm...think of half of a
mechanical pencil's line) to give it as much life and charm and
energy as I can. And that...in this case...takes
quite a while.
Here's a close up that'll make you glad you don't ink with a
*note that the lines on his tail have been white out-ed...I had
a minor accident. There was much cursing*
but...in the middle of all that, inking the planes is almost a
It is time consuming, to be sure. But it's coming along well.
More pics soon...