I added color in Photoshop to the toned paper drawings. I'm liking this look.
drawings with color added
November 19th, 2014
A mouse with a library
The owl and the hairy beast
More drawing on toned paper with prismacolor pencils. I'm trying out anthropomorphizing animals more using reference.
I pushed these sketches a little bit and tried to add a bit more life and expression to them. I like the way they turned out.
Los Angeles Museum of Natural History
I recently went to Los Angeles Museum of Natural History. I was planning to sketch animals and bones. . and I did a little bit. But the halls they have the stuffed animals in are dark (with lit displays) and I couldn't see the paper. So I took pictures and did the sketches at home.
This is from a seal display. There were some seagulls off on the left side. I will be posting more drawings from my reference gathering trip to the museum.
I'm not working on a project with these right now, I'm just generally interested in drawing animals and this is a good place to get reference.
This is Tuscan Red and White Prismacolor pencils on toned paper.
I start out with sketching on paper with pencil
I do some digital sketching in Photoshop and clean up some drawings. While drawing these cars I looked at some real cars to see if my memory had missed anything major. I also have these kinds of thoughts: "I don't know if the mirrors are necessary because the eyes are on the hood . . but if I start thinking like that then what are the seats for? I'll keep the mirrors. What about an engine? Can I have a tongue instead of an engine? Maybe I should go with for an old VW Beetle with the engine in the back? No. It's a cartoon. No one's going to question it."
Before I start work on the final image, I draw little sketches to figure out a composition (here are only a few of the sketches - these can be in pencil or drawn on the computer). I think about things like what angle we are viewing the scene from and what the story needs to show. If this is for a picture book I also think about where the text will be. I then look at pictures of things that will be in the image. These pictures might be of woods and trees and wolves to get the feeling of what they should look like before I draw cartoony versions. If the real thing is easily looked at, I might just look out the window at a car or a tree.