Inspired by the last page of Thor Goddess of Thunder #1
Size:29.7cm X 42cm
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Medium: Black Indian Ink on Daler Rowney 135lbs HeavyWeight paper.
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And since I got a few minutes to spare, here are a couple of facts about artists and the art of illustration.
Many artists use reference
Yes, I know we all dream of becoming an amazing artist who can draw realistically and in great detail any character in any pose, but besides a handful of people I know, the rest need good reference images. Sadly, when creating an illustration, we need to see the clothes folding and the light casting shadows. Hands are especially tricky, and I am always looking for interesting faces as I love painting portraits. That is if you are after a very realistic look of course.
I remember watching Simone Bianchi (on of my favorite artists ever) a few years back painting a piece in Lucca, and he had next to the art photographs. So, using reference is a very common thing even for the best of us. I usually take photos of myself, my wife, my friends, my pets...when these fail, the Internet is an excellent source of images !
In the end of the day, it's not what reference you use, but what you do with it. Personally, I always go for a very realistic look, and I can paint what I see in extreme likeness due to my many many years of studies in the fine arts. The tough part is having to paint with no pencils at all, as my inks are extremely translucent and I can not have pencil showing under my perfect smooth tones.
I find it very faltering that people try to figure out how I make my art look so photo-realistic. (I am not talking about the art in this page of course - this is not one of my most realistic work). The answer is years of practice, long hours and a lot of patience. Good reference is always great too...