Illustration Friday: Giant

This is all-digital, much to the chagrin of my wrist, and many thanks to the amazing stumpy pencil photoshop brush.* But I think I like it all right. Any thoughts would be most welcome.

One of the things I learned about myself during my all-too-brief time with Pikaland’s Bootcamp was this: I will repeat nigh-identical sketches for a subject if I am not entirely confident about what I’m doing, until I either solve the problem, run out of time and do it anyway, or give up. In my mind I think I am solving entirely different, usually extremely minor problems, but in fact I am just redrawing the thing until the light bulb goes off in my brain indicating the thing that is actually wrong. In this case (having doodled a bunch of things first and selected this as the one I liked the most,) the giant’s legs were originally much longer, with his knees tucked up almost to his chin. While that was of course much more physically probable, it worked far less well visually than these stumps my poor giant calls legs. I probably drew it six times with long legs, and then another two or three with short ones.

The funny thing is that I am a very fast learner when it comes to learning information. What is turning out to be true, however, is that I am an inexorably slow developer of images. Even the seemingly simplest of my images winds up taking just ages. Maybe that process will shorten with time and practice. Or not.

* And which I heard about from Jon Davis, who deploys the brush with great flair.

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5 Responses to “Illustration Friday: Giant”

  1. Kristine says:

    All digital!? Fantastic. I certainly wouldn’t have thought it. I love it. The giant is so charming, albeit a little sad. But I like it. ­čÖé

  2. erika says:

    all I can say is that I love it. beautiful work!

  3. dinkydivas says:

    I love the seeming simplicity of this, and the textures too. It was most useful reading about your process too. I keep being drawn back for another peek ^-^

  4. Isabelle says:

    Very sensitive, personnal drawing. Beautiful.

  5. AG Fabrega says:

    Agree w/above: that IS a charming + sad giant. I like how nicely everything works to get that “gentle” feel: the expressions/postures, color and brush type (although a little curious about your choice of the darker burgundy for background color). Very nice.