Hello my dears and darlings. Sorry for the long silence but I have been hard at work on more projects than I care to count. One of which was this illustration. You may have already seen this if you follow my work on Facebook, Tumblr, Twitter, or Instagram, but I’d like to show you the entire process behind the making of this one.

First of course was the pencil illustration itself. This was done on Stonehenge paper and mostly with standard HB pencils, but a few softer leads – B5 and 6 – and an ebony pencil were used for the deeper shadows.

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Here’s the finished pencils with a couple close up details.

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After that I scanned the whole thing (my illustrations tend to be on the large side so I have to scan them in pieces and reassemble them) and began the digital coloring process. I got about a third of the way through coloring it before stopping, discarding it all, and starting over from scratch. As you can see from these the original color palate which I chose wasn’t working at all.

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I then began again with a much warmer desert themed palate, which you see here.

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The whole process took about two to three weeks divided equally between the physical and digital portions of the work.

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