A self-commission on a deadline. My niece’s birthday was this weekend, and a personal gift was in order, but I only had an hour. I picked one of her favorite characters: “Coraline”, from the great recent stop-motion animation movie of the same name. (All rights reserved for “Coraline” by their owners). This was a personal gift for my niece, which is “fair use”. Also fair, the fact that I wanted to try out my new color brush pens!
I tried the new brush pen colors separately, and realized I didn’t have blue for the hair, so I settled with grey. I picked a clean page from my sketchbook, and drew a larger, and lighter version of the rough. When I was happy with that, I inked the outlines in dark grey, and cleaned the stray pencil markings.
As I started inking with colors, I realized the way I used the brown pen brush was a mistake. The eyes turned out too dark. This is something I could have avoided if I tested the colors more carefully. I later found out that all I needed was a lighter touch. Yellow worked fine for the raincoat. Light grey was a fair substitute for the blue on her hair.
Lessons learned here? (some of these I already knew, but they bear repetition.) (1) Deadlines can be a great motivator to get things done. (2) You can make do, even if you don’t have the right colors. (3) Rushing a job is dangerous. Getting the eyes right would have been easy if I wasn’t in such a hurry. (4) I need to get more brush pens in different colors. They’re so cool to use. (5) Brush pens vary noticeably in quality, depending on the manufacturer. These new ones were a bit difficult if I wanted to get varying line-widths. (6) I love the speed you can use with brush pens vs with brushes. The great Tom Beland recently told me at the PR Comic Con that drawing with a pencil is like hanging with the guys. Rough play, and all that. And that inking with brushes was more like dancing with a woman. You need to be cool, have grace, and move with style. I kind of stepped on my partner’s toes a bit, so to speak.
I hope you enjoyed this fun little experiment. I know I did.
Oh yeah… almost forgot. My niece liked it very much. She wasn’t expecting it.
Thanks for visiting. Have a great art time!