Here’s my Illustration Friday submission for the topic: Acrobat. I’ve been practicing drawing Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and I figured I’d do double duty for once. This is an inked sketchbook page. Yes, these turtles, being Ninjas, are also acrobats, so there you go! Well, its a gymnast’s grip, if you want a better connection with the topic.
On to process for this quick piece. Feeling Illustration Friday withdrawals, I did a quick run of roughs. I focused on a simple element to be inked. I didn’t use image references, but I did look at my own hand, imagining three fingers. After the 3rd rough, I had to run an errand, but kept practicing using the “Brushes” app on my iPod. (I may add that image here if I finish it).
When I came back, I drew the 4th one, deciding on shapes, and the 5th one deciding on details, and some shading. The final piece above was based on the 5th penciled sketch.
I thought about using a lightbox to speed things up. Not having one, I used a little lamp on one side, held the two pages together, vertically, and lightly drew the outline to be inked on a new page. It was quick and easy, drawing on pages suspended upright, still attached to the sketchbook (this means I had no backing, and yes, I was enjoying my own goofiness). An imaginary lightbox. Had a good time rushing this, throwing care to the wind, and enjoying the inking very much. I used Faber Castell PITT pens (brush pen and fine micron-like models). Hope you enjoyed it. Thanks for dropping by, and have a great art time!