This is my submission to Illustration Friday for the topic: Burning.
I have double-purposed this piece to “submit” to the 30 Character Challenge as 2 characters. You can see that post in my Impulsive Sketching Blog. Although it is technically not a sketch, I’m posting it there because I am running all of my 30 Character submissions in that site this month.
I had this idea on my way home. Two characters. One’s condition precipitates the other’s actions. Sammy turns into a fire monster, and Wally tries to eliminate him. Character background story can be found here.
Meant to be a quick “on-the-fly” sketch to catch up in the challenge, I also wanted to submit it to Illustration Friday. It turned into the type of experiments I post in this blog.
The rough led to a not so good sketch. I inked it to take it to another level. It was ok, but it lacked punch. Looking for a straight edge, I bumped into a set of pastel pencils I had yet to open, so I colored it. I was pleasantly surprised with the soft quality of the colors. I could intensify and blend colors easily. These pastels pencils warrant an experiment on their own. My enthusiasm shot up when I noticed how well suited they were for the initially muted backgrounds. Vegetation and other background elements took on textures I liked. I had forgotten how pastels can give a piece character. I finished colors as well as I could, and touched up on the ink lines that were dulled in places by the pastels. Blowing off excess pastel dust as carefully as I could without a drafting brush, I got a few smudges, but the erasers on the pencils were of some help. I applied the final touches to the fire character, whose flames still looked dull. I used a cheap yellow pen brush I had bought last year, and the nature of the flames was more evident afterwards. It was scanned carefully minding the dust on the scanner’s glass. To sum up, I used light penciling for the rough, inks from a micron-like pen, pastel pencils for colors, and a yellow pen brush, on sketchbook paper. I had no idea this would become so involved, nor did I intend for it to be an art experiment. In the end, something that promised to be just mediocre turned into a worthwhile and interesting experience in terms of art exploration.
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