Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Luke Skywalker: Tonals


Here's a scan of the preliminary pencil sketch of the painting I posted below. I used some ink washes for some dark shadows but it was mostly me hunched over the dining table, for a long time noodling pencil hatchings one after another. There were some hatching effects that got lost in the scan around the sun but it was good enough for the purpose of just having it as reference for the next stage of coloring it. I know, it's pretty wasteful cause a lot of this stuff just gets covered up. I guess I push this stage a bit farther for no reason except to just see as close as possible how it would look at the end. Not a really smart painter's mentality unfortunately. Sigh. I originally intended on this piece being a big poster piece with some extra images to support the composition, but it all came down to time. I only had a few hours and that's as far as I could go without being kicked out of the house. ;) Now that I've got the Star Wars bug out of me, I wonder what I should delve into next... Have a great week bloggers!

8 comments:

Christine Mercer-Vernon said...

oh total smart painter's mentality... i do complete underpaintings and build layers on top with oils. like to work out all values ahead of time, makes the color layers easier to work out. like this one, always thought mark hamill was his cutest as luke. ;)

Tony DiStefano said...

Somtimes artists work can leave me speechless and this is one of those times Joseph.This drawing is so good someone somewhere needs to do somthing with it.That is if I read that right you were just doing it for yourself.Your a master draftsmen and as great as the painting is (and it is) the pencil just does it for me.

chrisallison said...

Thanks for sharing your process! I really dig the Drew Struzan type look that you got. You're one hell of a draftsman/painter!

Art Fan Ako said...

Excellent!

Dan szilagyi said...

thanks alot for stopping by and leaving a comment Joseph! this sketch here ( along with the colored version ) looks great! i think you just about captured the original movie poster feel.
as for underpainting, i feel it's best to build up unless you happen to be a master painter :)

yoon see said...

Really inspiring, love the details!

Chris Kennett said...

I like this one just as much, if not more, than the colour version. Awesome work as always!

TH3DEN said...

Awesome!! I like this better just because i'm a sucker for black and white. :D Great stuff Sir!