Dusty – Illustration Friday

I’ve been looking at some steam punk artwork this week (Steampunk Palin to be exact), which got me moderately interested in trying some things in that style. While this isn’t really that theme, the illustrations I was looking at are what led me to this idea, which I thought came out pretty good.

I used the same pen I used for the chicken mystery piece, which is just a Bic gel ink writing pen, fine point. For whatever reason I’ve really taken to using it for sketching and thought I’d see how I liked it for filling in shading. It makes really smooth lines and never seems to skip, which is usually the problem I have when using any pen for this type of work.

So, all-in-all, I think this one came out pretty good. I suppose I could have done more with the background, but I was really just trying to see what I could do with dust vs. no dust on a figure. I also played around a bit with adding tint colors over top of a base color which I also thought was fairly successful. And, of course, I layered a filter over top with some selective erasing to push the contrast and shapes, while highlighting specific areas of detail (which appears to be my theme for this year again).

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8 Responses to “Dusty – Illustration Friday”

  1. Indigene Says:

    She looks great!

  2. poppylocke Says:

    Brilliant work! The colours and tones work perfectly!
    Reminded me of a scene in the Tank Girl movie where she takes a shower of sand đŸ™‚

    • timjohnillustration Says:

      yeah, between the steam punk stuff I was looking through and Tank Girl, which I recently re-watched, there was a lot of influence there.

  3. Ivy Kam-O'Donnell Says:

    Great sketch! I love how she turned out. Thanks for sharing.

  4. shirley Says:

    Wow! Awesome illustration..great piece.

  5. Rui Lourenço Says:

    Amazing illustration! the ink looks great.

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