Wednesday, January 17, 2007

More Pirates - Work in progress

A quick WIP of a new picture. Pirates seem to be dominating my somewhat lacklustre artistic career at the moment. This one isn't a contract job though - it's for me. It's for a book project I hope to pitch this Spring.
If you're interested in my technique (or lack of it), here's how I work.

First, I do loads of sketches until I arrive at the final image. I then copy it in pencil (usually a 2H) onto thick, untextured, pre-stretched cartridge paper or artboard. I then build up the colour with an eclectic mix of Cotman watercolours, magic markers, Daler Rowney gouache, marker pens, Windsor and Newton inks and (as with the pants) collage.

Then out comes the black ink. I use a mix of brush pens, dip pens and roller-balls. I also use coloured biros on some areas for outlines or extra detail (beard hairs etc.). Finally I add highlights in white gouache, watercolour pencils and (occasionally) Tippex. Okay ... I may not be a purist. But I do get the work completed on time.

I'll post the finished pic when it's ... er ... finished. I'm having fun with this one. I liked the idea of adding lots of little humorous details ... like the skull clothes pegs and the spare beard in the laundry basket and the skull and crossbones Y-fronts.

Everyone should have a pair of skull and crossbones Y-fronts.


Spud said...

Great Great Great!!! Loving it. Just the background to go lol..

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