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Design Workshop channel. This time, I’ll work from a drawing made by son Ryunosuke about 2 years ago. It was in the notebook for a while. I was waiting for inspiration, and for some time to take care of it. Its head is like a recorder, there is a magnetic tape on the top. The shoulders are speakers. On its belly there’s a kind of vinyl record deck. We can spot a few gauges too. As usual, I started by a research stage. I made a few sketches based on Ryunosuke’s drawing, which is very flat to a three dimensional version. Once this work on the details is completed (arms, hands, etc.) I think about how staging the character in the picture. Since the theme is music (the robot has speakers on its body) I tried to sketch a dancing pose. And I also decided to insert another character that we created before “Acid Grooveman”, a futuristic DJ. These sketches are researches for the pose of the character. Usually I try to be efficient so that all my sketches fit on one single sheet. You can see here that I wasn’t confident, I tried too many things. It was a bad omen about what will happen later. Based on these sketches, I started the final drawing, did all the pencil work, the inking, the watercolor, and completed the illustration. And here is the result. The robot is here, in the pose I designed, in front of a sky with dynamic speed lines. and… After finishing it, I took a look back at it, and realized that I really didn’t like the result. It’s a lot less spectacular that what I was hoped, because of various reasons, such as the color scheme. Too much blue, blue shadows all over the character, on the metallic parts, the background is the same color, therefore the character has no impact. And even if the design may be nice it doesn’t tell any story, it’s just a show off pose of the robot in the center of the picture. I was disappointed. Usually after I finish a drawing, I’m satisfied, I’m having a break, I take some photos,
I prepare posts for social networks. This time I didn’t do any of this. I sat again on the drawing desk, and I started another attempt. I thought a lot and even if it’s only a small drawing, I made this new sketch A totally different direction for the illustration. The robot became some kind of metal giant coming out of a waste dump. His entire body is made of rusty metallic parts and it holds in its hand Justice, a character we made previously, with her friend Noah, who’s around. A completely different attempt, with strong silhouettes on a white background. I took Ryunosuke drawing to analyze it again. What pointed me to this new idea? It’s this area, around the head. There are some cables hanging down. The lower part of the face is dislocated, wobbly, leaning on the side. Those elements gave me the idea of the broken robot, made of junk. I start with the global composition of the drawing, roughly. I had some hard time to draw Justice’s pose. I tried to have her holding her cross-shaped sword. Eventually, I gave up and she has a simpler pose. On top of the first pass of drawing I made, I add lots of details, improvising, as it’s a broken giant, made of metal parts from the dump, it needs some randomness. I can follow my inspiration, my imagination, while drawing many small details. Now I’m drawing Noah, Justice’s buddy. I often draw them together, on the same illustrations. And now, I draw the garbage dump, a lot of junk and mess, very randomly. But I try to give some depth to it too The pencil work is finished I’ll start to ink it… The inking took a lot of time, because of all the details That being said, there’s nothing too structured here. I don’t need a ruler, and I can go quite fast. I add a lot of little strokes to make the scratches, the metallic parts twisted, torn apart… It’s pretty fun to do. On the human characters, I have to be more precise, you can see that they’re very small if you compare them next to my pen’s nib, or my fingers. Real time, now inking Noah. I use the same felt pen to ink all the picture. It has a fine nib, but soft. If I press harder, the stroke will be bolder. It’s convenient to keep the same pen to ink small things precisely and being able to make bold strokes from time to time. Almost done… The drawing is ready for the coloring. The coloring is a little special on this one. Usually I paint flat, even colors at the beginning. But this time, the character is somehow also a background. I put some efforts into giving him its rusty aspect. There are color gradation on most of its parts. Grey is blending into rust colors. prepared in advance a color palette with shades of grey, rust, brown, red… Greys mixed with some green, light grey, dark grey… Here you can see I’m mixing grey with a lighter one, adding rust onto it, a brown color, and they’ll mix while drying. resulting in smooth effects. When it will be dry, I’ll make another pass to add small rust marks. You’ll see that on the finished piece. Adding some details…
Ryunosuke drew some red on the face of the robot So I try to be as close as possible even if I took a lot of freedom on this one. I paint all the little cables in red.
It adds some color touches to the picture, it’s nice And to give more realism I add a layer of shadow with a shade of grey-green. All the grey colors of this drawing have been mixed with some green. The purpose was to find a nice harmony in the global color palette. And here is the finished piece! I personally find much better than the first attempt. I think this drawing tells a story,
there’s an atmosphere. I hope you enjoyed the video I think it’s interesting because it shows that from one drawing source you can adapt it different ways. And also, I hope the video demonstrated that it’s important to allow yourself to criticize your own work. Even if it’s difficult to redraw entirely a finished piece. To say “No, it’s not good. I have to start over”. But it’s sometimes important to do if you want to go further and have a better result in the end. And I hope you’ll like this second drawing more than the first one. That’s it, thanks a lot.
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