Apologies for the lack of posts, friends: I am weeks away from turning in my thesis, and I have been spending most of my time putting finishing touches on it.
Those few moments that I’ve had to myself, however, I’ve been drawing robots on toned paper. I know that I’ve extolled the virtues of toned paper before, but I’d appreciate it if you’d indulge me again; you see, I have just found out about prismacolor pencils. I mean, I’ve know OF them, but I finally got acquainted with a white prisma pencil, and it is so sweet that I fear I may fall through the pencil marks into another dimension. It allows some really cool gradients of white, so you can be as light or heavy handed as you want. It’s perfect for roboting around, because of all of the shiny materials that one finds in a bot.
I colored this robot in a few different ways:
I used a gradient to do the bulk of the coloring on this robot, then I used a screen brush to add some highlights.
I colored this robot by hand. Using my red brush pen, I feathered lines over the black feathered lines.
I colored the high-lights, the shadows, and the mid-tones in photoshop, but I used only the lasso and bucket tool, so you can really see where each color starts and stops.
I had the great pleasure to reunite with Rosie the labrador. She’s a very sweet pooch: whenever you hold her leash, she takes her end gently in her teeth to lead you to where she wants you to go. Rosie is also an avid water pooch.
I also finally got around to sketching and washing this water tower. My girlfriend and I pass this on the freeway fairly often, and it’s a very cool subject, with a lot of direct and indirect light sources. I wanted to make some trees, too, but I really didn’t want to put a lot of effort into them. My solution: blow some ink around.
And I thought I’d get back to my comfort zone and draw a Robot. It’s destroying a city for good measure.