Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Red Knight sketch

Finally getting around to starting the next piece in this series, Baba Yaga's Red Knight. Pages from my sketchbook a I was working it out:
Started with the thumbnail sketch for the overall composition. From there, worked on sketches for the main figures -- the mounted knight, as well as the hounds. After I had the varied sketches, I scanned and started fiddling around with the composition at larger scale. Moved, rotated, scaled the hounds. Minor bit of lighting roughed as well. The knight's pose was tweaked a little bit too. The angle was difficult for me, and so after it was scanned, I needed to scale his upper body and arm down a bit.

11 comments:

  1. That looks amazing already. Cannot wait to see it - you do very beautiful work. Whenever you post a sketch or finished project it brightens my day (and I usually spend quite some time squinting at the screen trying to see it better=).

    Blessings,

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  2. love all the dynamic hounds!

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  3. Wow, it is going to be gorgeous, the knights in the Vasa Lisa story always stood out to me.

    An yay there is a horse! I am going to pretend it was just for me, ;)

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  4. I think it was the neckline with the white knight horse that did it, horses dont have a neckline like that. Deers have though. And in combinition with the horns and the deers in the background... Well, nuff said about that; I meen horse or no horse that white knight is a masterpeice and your watercolour techniques just blows me away (like always). I hope it is someting that is possible to learn by time cause for the moment about 90 % of my (watercolor)work ends up in trash, heh.

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  5. The other one reminded me of a deer horse or a unicorn horse, this one looks like war horse.

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  6. When you're working on an illustration like this, what kind of reference do you use?

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  7. I did some searching for photos of hounds, to get a feel for the movement. For animals, I try to look at dozens of photos to see how their bodies move and their anatomy, and then from there piece together my own poses. Sometimes I even search for videos on youtube to watch them actually in motion.

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  8. smart girl :)..."Sometimes I even search for videos on youtube to watch them actually in motion"...

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  9. I am in love with your sketchbook pages! Please feel free to post images of them anytime!

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  10. Beautiful sketches. I love the hounds!

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