Starting off with a very rough pencil sketch (left piece) and moving on to working in the details of piece. The overall layout of the sketch is where all the final “what if I put this here?” or “that doesn’t work” comes into play. Always, always, make sure your pencil roughs stay clean around the edges! Since this illustration is of a KV 2 (Russian military tank), I had to research different versions of the tank specs and schematics to make sure accuracy was held (where it could be).
When it comes time to start inking up (right piece), make sure you are using an appropriate inking media or utensil. Since this piece is going be using watercolor for shading and coloring… I went with a pot of India ink and pen and supplemented it with a Faber Castell India ink pen (brush nib). Paper is white cotton rag 110lb and as creamy in texture and glorious to boot! Though I can’t name the paper (for reasons) I’d recommend either Arches (if you’ve got the bugdet) or Crane’s Lettra. Hot press will give you a smooth paper finish and cold press will give you a rougher paper finish. The watercolor and ink will react differently to the paper… so keep that in mind!
And below is the final, finished version of Boris the Soviet Love Tank! If you’re a WOT (World of Tanks) person, this one may look a little familiar.
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