For whatever reason, I have been very interested in drawing prize machines of late. I wonder if I have that degenerative brain disorder that Maurice Ravel had? Whatever the reason, prize machines are composed of very basic shapes and aid in my practice.
Always interested to try new rendering techniques, I have been playing with the saturation on some of my illustrations in Photoshop. I started with the goal of moving from purely black line work, and that has led me into some interesting territory.
Additionally, I’ve been playing with various methods of applying midtones. In the examples that I have provided, I used a mixture of halftone dots, mezzotint, and pointizing.
What I really wanted to do here was get back to some of that good ol’ line work. But What can I do to spice things up? I can try doing these tapered lines! One of my professors does this sort of line work as if he were a machine. I plan on drinking his blood to gain his powers.
I loved drawing this robot, but I will say that I found this technique even more time consuming than my other line work, perhaps because this is done without the aid of a ruler.