I’m still experimenting with using white ink highlights on robots and cityscapes. I also love to combine a wash with the stark black and white.
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.
I then inked it.
I was originally planning on leaving it black and white, but I eventually decided to apply a wash and some ink splatter.
The original piece is fairly large, and even with my large format printer, I had to stitch this together.
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.
Here’s the astronaut sans wash.
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.
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.