Astronaut in Steps

Since I’v been drawing so many astronauts and astroscapes, I thought I’d throw back the curtain a little and explain my process. I have skipped the penciling stage in this post, but, faithful readers, if you would like to see that stage, I’d be happy to oblige.

I had originally applied a wash directly to this piece, but I took it out when I decided to apply a wash digitally. astronaut

Here’s the astronaut sans wash.

astronaut

This is the wash that I did on a separate piece of bristol. Once it dried, I used a brush to splatter white ink over it to resemble stars.

space

I touched up some of the shadows on the astronaut. I also tool parts of another wash to create the “depressurizing bolt” emitted from the astronaut’s cracked helmet. In the future, I’d like to ad another tone to the astronaut’s body, and maybe add some planets. dying astronaut

 

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More Pickelhauben

A lot’s been going on: I’m working on multiple comics, writing copy, and trying to learn new illustration software.

To keep me grounded in these turbulent times, I go to my comfort zone: hats and helmets!

I found a great reference picture for these and decided that I’d use a wash on one and just use value on the other.

pickelhaube

Cuirassier’s Lion Helmet

Long time followers of this blog will know that I am a fan of fancy military helmets, particularly the Prussian Pickelhaube. I just happened upon this image, and it struck me as an opportunity to ink wash! I applied the color in photoshop.

(PS: if anyone finds a type-o in this post, my cat walked over the keyboard)

Cuirassier helmet