This is an image that has been in my head for awhile now and this is the third incarnation of it that I have put on paper. It still needs to be colored, but it was drawn to look good in black and white. I thought I would post the progression of how this went from a sketch to a finished piece…
Is it weird to be scared when you’re drawing something? I was scared when I started drawing this. I hadn’t drawn anything in a long time and whenever that happens there’s always a part of me that’s afraid that I won’t be able to create anything good anymore. Maybe that’s silly.
I thought the pencil art for this looked really good. There’s always a certain character in my pencils that I can’t quite seem to capture when I start inking.
That last pic is a kind of awkward phase once I’ve started inking where all the lines are really clear but nothing looks right yet. This is usually where I want to just stop.
Shading, lines, and texture make a huge difference and this is where it starts to feel “real” to me. All those tentacles were time consuming to ink and I think I took 4 or 5 breaks while I was doing that
And this is the finished product, complete with some kawaii details for the Instagram crowd. That’s a Rilakkuma shaker mechanical pencil and a Tombow Mono One Mini Twist eraser, if you’re curious, which of course you are.
I don’t know if I’m completely happy with this, but I think it turned out as good as anything I’ve ever done, and it might be the best version of this image that I’ve ever drawn. Once it’s colored this is going to be used as art for a trading card as well as a limited edition art print.