In this post I will show how the process of drawing my 5 warriors.
Don't ask me where they come from, I really have no idea :) these things come to me like flashes of light.
First, I had an idea of drawing 5 black figures from the back, maybe. Then I decided to complicate it a bit (always push your limits!)
is a sketch I came up with. I always say I don't sketch, which is 90%
true hahaha. I needed to see how they would look like before I start.
You can see that it does always change while you work. I made the bodice
more complex, put light flashes in their eyes, I also decided not to
draw legs, but cover them up with skirts. It all comes while you work.
I rarely stick to a specific idea from the beginning, because I enjoy improvising.
For this drawing I used costume history books for some details on the bodice.
TIP: If you sketch, do it fast. Just let you hand draw, don't think. Draw as many figures, as you need.
Speed-sketching is a great tool to get more ideas.
Ok, you can skip this step, because it is embarrassing LOL. I did not like the idea of drawing the same figure all over again, especially 5 times (halloo, nobody forced me ahhaha)
I enjoy coloring it, yes, but the outlines freaked me out a bit. I used transparent paper on my sketch and transferred it 5 times to my canvas.
Here you can see that all 5 are in place. After this step was done, I spent quite some time perfecting the lines, used a ruler for capes and swords, so that angles are matching.
TIP: If your work has some very symmetrical elements, use a ruler to make a pencil "net" in the background. It will help you a lot. Just erase it after.
I know some people start from base colors all over the canvas. I never do this, I go from one are to another, sometimes I even finish all shadows. I started from hoods and eyes.
Faces are the most important part of my drawings. I start from them, because if I hate how face turns out, I start over.
Here we go. You can see some shadowing on the capes. I deliberately wanted them all to look like cocoons, something like statues coming alive... strong, tough and mesmerizing. At this stage, I also started working on some elements of the bodices.
I added medallions on each of the bodices, you can see that exactly at this point I decided to make the central figure a bit different. I erased the sword and medallion is also different from the other 4.
It is not very visible here, but the masks, the shoulderpads, some elements of the bodices are done in gold marker.
Sword was dont by pencil, different shades of grey + white. I also used a ruler here.
Here I will show how I did folds on the central cape.
Basically, I took 2 shades of green COPIC markers.
I started from the darker forest green and did the folds.
Then on top I went ALL OVER with lighter green.
Here you can see it half-finished. I use grey for shadows a lot, not depending on colors I use. Make sure grey is much darker.
I always finish with adding white, black, gold of silver details. make sure your markers, paint will cover up even black, if you do it this way. If not, you should leave blank spaces fro details.
I have not done a video on this one, unfortunately :(((
it took me almost 4 days and holding a phone while drawing is very uncomfortable. I figured out a way of attaching a camera and filming more of the process, because watching is much more entertaining, I am sure :)
Here is the final:
Hope you enjoyed!