If you are a lurker from Imgur (and you might be one) then the ol’ Whappity Whappity Stormtrooper meme in not lost on you… for all other’s here is a fun “in process” project for the upcoming central New York Tech Garden gallery exhibit “Star Wars vs. Star Trek: The Logical Choice”.
(Above) Pencil drawings and roughs always come first. Notice all the smudges and eraser crud?
Laying down red color layers. Watercolor, liquid acrylic and gosh knows what else!
Greys and blacks are the last step along with touch-ups and overall composition checks. Thanks for scrollin’ and if you’d like to pick up a print.
This post first appeared on January 17th, 2016. “Whappity Whappity” was featured in the 2016 “Star Wars vs. Star Trek: A Logical Choice” group art exhibit at The Tech Garden Gallery in Syracuse New York.
“Feel Good Hit of the Summer” illustration featuring tongue-in-cheek humorous illustration of nicotine, valium, vicodin, marijuana, ecstasy and alcohol. as a parody illustration as inspired by the lyrics of The Queens of Stone Age.
The first sketches appeared on February 26th, 2014 and February 27th, 2014. The illustration piece was featured in the 2013 juried show “On My Own Time” group exhibit at the Everson Museum of Art and the Szozda Gallery in Syracuse, NY.
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.
I remember this sketching/drawing exercise to work on hand/line rhythm waaaaay back in the day via something similar to a book in the “Draw 50” or Ed Emberley series. In this case, it showed a similarly tutorial how to draw “perfect” scales and to identify symmetrical line patterns.
Recently, it showed up on an older episode of “Miami Ink”, I think. There was an episode where the infamously brilliant tattoo artist Ami James was giving an eerily similar tutorial on this sketching technique. Curious, indeed.