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Slave Leia, part 8

28 Jul

Of course, the previous drawing couldn’t continue its way into the oblivion of being forgotten by the artist on purpose, without at least one retry, so I could perhaps learn something from it. I penciled this one completely from memory, with the exception of the weapon. I peeked a little bit at the original reference photo, although not too closely.

Slave Leia, part 8

I first roughly sketched her pose with a true-line, a line true the core of her body (or where her body is supposed to be. That didn’t work out completely, but it helped me to get there 80 percent. That last 20 percent was just hard work by drawing, redrawing and re-evaluating the overall pose.

If you look closely, you can see I used a body length of five heads, giving her a more teenage appearance. I tried to accentuate that by placing the eyes a little bit higher in the head than you would when drawing an adult. On the other hand, I took great care to make her legs longer than half the her body length, which is more like the proportions in an adult woman. I think this combination works great in comics.

In hindsight, I could have given her a somewhat broader hips, not much, just a tad. Drawing is often about those seemingly frivolous details, not because of a nerdy deposition of the draftsperson (although it helps), but because such details are unconsciously noticed by others. It says something non-verbally about your character.

I guess if you design a character you have to weigh all these factors, visualize it, and then draw like crazy to get the right feel in your motor neuron memory (aka muscle memory).

In short, it is a lot of work, and you really have to like doing it, if you want to keep doing it. Drawing comics art is not for the lazy among us. But if you’re eager to work hard, long hours, and curious about the world, other artists and learning new things, you have what it takes to draw comics.

That is all.

With great freedom comes great responsibility

28 Jul

Steps to Freedom

Originally uploaded by coruscantcouture

I used this photo as my reference for a new drawing. It has the title “Steps to Freedom”. I took the liberty to change the perspective. However, you have to think it through some more, otherwise you end up with an unusable drawing, like the one below.

Slave Leia, part 7

I can see why the photographer has chosen his point of view. He wanted all of Leia and her weapon to be in view. In the perspective I have chosen for my sketch, that is not really possible without making Leia really small (or draw on a very large piece of paper. There is a logic to picking a camera angle. As a draftsman you have the freedom to pick your own angle, but I guess you can’t just pick any angle. It has to make sense.

That is all.

Slave Leia, part 6

28 Jul

This version of Leia was particularly hard to do, because the pose is so familiar. I had to do a lot of tweaking after I had sketched and inked her.

Slave Leia, part 6

As always, there are things in the drawing left to be improved. This is, of course, the reality of an artist of any skill level, and the reason to get better at your art. At this moment it is the best I can do. I even go as far as to claim that it is as good as if I had traced this image from the original photo. Of course, I didn’t do that, nor did I use a grid. I used constructive drawing, which supposes that you have a deep understanding of your subject matter.

The drawing from start to finish was done in roughly 5 hours. That is not to impress you, but for myself. It seems that over the months you get these kinds of things done at a quicker pace. I just want keep track of that.

The face is kept cartoony on purpose. I don’t want it to look like the person in the photograph.

That is all.