Octopus for the New Year

Happy New Year, everyone!

Hard to believe that another year has gone by. And in honor of the 18th year of this century, I have here and octopus. I realize that octopi have eight arms and not 18, but let’s  not worry about that.

I started with a pencil sketch that started out very loose, then I gradually tightened up a bit.

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I then inked it.

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I was originally planning on leaving it black and white, but I eventually decided to apply a wash and some ink splatter.

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The original piece is fairly large, and even with my large format printer, I had to stitch this together.

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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.

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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.

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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

 

Self Portraits

When my mom sent me a Panettone, I did not realize that it would make me look so regal. You see, this Panettone came in a wooden crown type of  container, and my fiancee took a fine picture of me wearing my new headgear.

As you might expect, I used this opportunity to draw myself in many different styles. I used ink wash, digital colors in Photoshop and Illustrator, and just plain brush strokes.

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