Blog posted by Ste Pickford on Mon, 20 Mar 2017
Here’s the finished illustration. Overall I was happy with this one, but I’d started to get worried that I’d end up repeating myself in later illustrations. A cup of tea in every drawing would be fine, but I didn’t want to keep draw the same elements in different positions nine more times after this. I decided to pause the drawing at this point and instead of jumping straight in to the chapter three illustration, instead I went through the book again and made notes on all the other chapters and plan out the remaining illustrations before drawing anything else.
The upside-down face in the centre is actually a photo of my partner, from about twenty years ago. The inking went well on the face - I particularly like the inside of the mouth which came out exactly as I hoped it would.
I’m very happy with the top half, less so with the bottom half. The inking on the arms and shoulders at the bottom left looks a bit amateurish and cheapo, and shows me still getting to grips with Clip Studio and digital inking, whereas the inking on the penis-candle thing at the top looks spot on, so my final rendering was a bit hit and miss at this stage. Still, I never would have even attempted to ink anything this complicated on paper.
There’s a recurring theme in the book of windows and screens, which I didn’t really spot until later on, and it’s something I perhaps didn’t get enough of in the illustrations, but I like the window into a screen showing a football match at the bottom. I deliberately tried to make it look like the match was being watched in The Phantom Zone from Superman II.
Click the 'Predecessor post' link below to see the photo reference version.
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