Days 15 and 16 – Shades of a Grey Wolf

Some of my new art supplies arrived today.  I bought another set of the Faber-Castell pens in shades of grey.

grey-pens

I also got a Pentel Graphgear 1000 in 0.5, which is a mechanical pencil.  I’ve never used one before but I wanted to see what it was like and whether I would take to it or not.

It looks like this:

graphgear1000

Well, I can hardly stop myself drawing when I don’t have new supplies to try out, let alone after these arrived!

So first I had a go at sketching a werewolf.  For reference I used this art book by Glen Fabry:

anatomyforfantasy

I changed the posed a bit and the way I drew the paws.  Here’s the sketch:

016-wolf-sketch

I found the graphgear pencil really easy to use.  I could get a good range of strokes with it and the linework stayed very consistent.

Then I inked the sketch.  I was used a normal liner pen for this which doesn’t have the facility to make strokes of different widths so to make that effect I had to thicken and even colour-in my line work at times.  Here are the inks:

016-wolf-ink

 

Then I added some grey tones with the Faber Castell pens.  I’ve had a set of these before and I  like the way they work.  However my current artist’s notepad is only 170gsm and I’ve found that this is not enough to hold much in the way of ink.  So I used the pens quite sparingly and it turned out OK I think.  I might do another picture at a later date on bristol board and see if that’s better for layered ink.

Here’s the final picture:

016-wolf-fin

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