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.
Another piece available from my etsy shop.
I have some new work for sale in my etsy shop. The series is a set of framed charcoal on vellum on graphite on paper drawings. Basically, I did a tight graphite drawing on paper, then I sprayed it with fixative, let it dry, and did another drawing in charcoal on vellum on top of that. It makes the darks deep and the transitions a little more ghostly, which I like. A lot of the stuff on etsy is … how do I say this … feminine? Is that fair? So I decided to do a series that might feel at home in a man’s office (preferably one with the works of Teddy Roosevelt on the bookshelves). I may add to it over time, but my next task is to begin a series of pieces that might be fitting on a shelf near the works of Charles Dickens. I’ll keep you posted.