Thursday, February 21, 2013

A Monster Sketch

-By Mike Butkus


I put the thumbnail of the finished sketch in the corner so you can see how I got here. The first thing I did is block out the anatomy and the overall shape. I used a black prismacolor pencil on Duralene paper, making sure to have at least 20 sheets of the Duralene paper stacked beneath so I could get a nice smooth line.


Here you can see how I really focused on the skeletal structure, blocking out large shapes and redefining them, making sure nothing is too symmetrical. I used a 600 wet and dry sheet of sand paper on the side to get a nice chisel point on my Prismacolor pencil.


In this stage I start chiseling out the muscle structures and start thinking about my dark and light shapes and where I want my core shadows to further define the muscle structures.


Now I start designing my shapes to really capture the overall expression of the creature and this process is a transformative process where by I constantly reevaluate the look of the creature. Don’t be afraid to erase!


The last step demonstrates the final finishing touches using the airbrush to soften shadows, and gouache in the white highlights to make the details pop. If you look at the overall shape of the creature,…it’s one big letter C.

14 comments:

  1. Wow, I like the tatoo like carvings on the shoulder, it adss to the solidity.

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  2. Wow, just...awesome. I am stunned by the effect of airbrush and white gouache. Where can we see the finished scetch?

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  3. Maybe a stupid question Mike, but where do you find erasable Black Prismacolor pencils? Thanx!

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    1. Maybe it's me but I think he didnt fully erase the raw scetch. That's the bad thing about coloured pencils-they look great but unless you are rly experienced, made mistakes leave trails

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    2. you CAN erase any dry medium on Dura Lene.

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  4. Why the choice for a Prismacolor pencil instead of a graphite drawing pencil? Just curious, is it the waxy quality you're looking for? The demo is very inspirational. Thanks.

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    1. I can't answer for Mike, but personally I like to use colored pencils for a few reasons. Firstly, they 'glide' on the paper in a slightly different manner than graphite does. Secondly, they don't smudge under hand as easy, making the work surface a lot cleaner.

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    2. Love using a prismacolor white. I know Donato uses either chalk or white charcoal in his drawings, and I know how they can smudge. I just wonder what he does to keep those works so clean.

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  5. It looks like he is working on vellum or something similar? You can use a solvent like Gamsol or Turpenoid to great effect with colored pencil especially on a surface like vellum or mylar.

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  6. Hey thank you guys!!

    And yes, I draw with both hands in #1 I use my left hand to block in the larger shapes and create a different kind of line,
    the Dura-lene works great for this. Also you guys asked about color pencils, prisma does make an erasable pencil, again it works great on Dura-lene.

    Cheers
    Mike

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  7. Than graphite does. Secondly http://dissertationplanet.com they don't smudge under hand as easy, making the work surface a lot cleaner.

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  8. Nice demonstration. I typically use black and white charcoal on grey paper or newsprint for practice and character concepts, but I should try using the prismacolor pencil as well to see how it goes.

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  9. What exactly is Black Prismacolor pencil? Is it just black coloured prismacolor pencil crayon? I've been hearing a lot of artists use this pencil and not sure what model they're talking about!

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