Sandman and Thessaly
I don’t take commissions very often, because I am quite slow. I hope they are worth waiting for. Poor dude waited well over a year for this.
I didn’t use any models on this, which might have made the job go faster. The funny backstory here is that Thessaly is based on me a bit, and I guess that makes my job easier when I draw her!
Here’s a detail:
I still have parts of several major commissions to finish, and if I could get a free week, I think I could pull it off. I mean to get them all completed before I go to New York next month.
My pencil technique is exactly the opposite of what they teach now in art school. I do not use the side of the pencil, or graphite. I use the sharp tip of the pencil, and build up everything from hundreds of strokes. This is the way old masters drew back in the day with silverpoint. It’s a look I love, but almost no one does it because it is so laborious. The popular prejudice is for the 1950-ish commercial art drawing style. I like that, but it’s not what I want to do myself.
I am using this technique on the new Neil Gaiman graphic novel I am doing for Dark Horse. You can imagine how happy I am to be doing this project! The drawings will then be colored with thin washes of watercolor, digitally, or both.
The final work will look similar to this piece I did for the cover of Orbiter. The original drawing here:
And the final painting.
And on Tori Amos: Comic Book Tattoo, I layered handmade abstract paintings over my drawings, and then did final colors in Photoshop.
Thanks for visiting my website. Go read my webcomic. I hope you enjoy it.
Also, I did a lively podcast interview here where I talk about a number of my upcoming projects.