I contribute occasionally to a site called Storywarren. Starting this week, every Friday will feature a story, or poem, or song for kids. Some will be new, but some will be old. This Friday’s post is an old story about a young Alexander the Great and his horse Bucephalus. I did the illustration below in photoshop.
The great thing about photoshop is that you can thumbnail by zooming out. I roughed-in the necessary elements until I found something sort of satisfactory.
The eye scans the picture better if the composition is flipped. So I flipped the sketch and roughed in the values.
Lastly, I tweaked a few things and added a subtle color gradient for interest.
And there you have it: Alexander and Bucephalus, or as the kids in the neighborhood used to call them, Al and Butch.
One of the new pieces in my etsy shop.
Here is a framed Buffalo drawing for sale in my etsy shop. It also is charcoal on vellum on graphite on paper.