This week I carried on working on my bigger project and also worked on some comic fanart for a friend’s son (an older teenager). He’s really into the comic version of ‘The Walking Dead’ by Robert Kirkman and Tony Moore (with later art by Charlie Adlard).
He asked for a fan art picture of Carl Grimes when he gets shot in the eye. It’s based on Charlie Ablard’s original art.
It’s not really the kind of subject I usually draw – I’m not really into horror – it’s too scary – but I do really enjoy making pictures for other people so I had a go.
Here’s the sketch…
It was done on Bristol Board with my graphgear mechanical pencil.
Then I inked it.
I began inking in the normal way but then, about half way through I saw a really inspirational video. It’s by a comic artist called Todd Nauck who works for Marvel and has his own series with Image comics too.
Here’s the video…
It’s a great video because it’s in real time so you can really get a feel for his line work. What I really noticed about his technique was that he’s not outlining or inking the pencils, he’s drawing with ink. He’s using the pencils as a guide but he’s still drawing. Maybe it’s a subtle distinction, but for me it was a powerful learning point. So I continued the rest of the inks for this Walking Dead fa art piece concentrating on drawing with ink rather than ‘going over the pencils’ or ‘outlining’.
Finally I added some tones with a waterbrush. I had a mixture of ink and water in that to give me some nice greys. And then I added some strong red watercolour for the blood.
So here’s the final picture…