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Let’s do a sketch walkthrough since a few of you might like that. (Again, sorry that all the process steps were taken with iphone, but I was out and about.)
So first of all, when it comes to making a complicated sketch (and by complicated I mean one that requires a bit of thinking), it’s usually a little intimidating. The reason why people have reservations about starting something they want to do is probably because “but I don’t know how to draw _____.” In this case, I knew I wanted to draw Courf and Jehan as Renly and Loras on a horse, but I was like well that requires me to figure out how to make them look like Renly and Loras, and I have been putting off doing it.
So I decide today finally I’m gonna go ahead and do it, and the first thing that I did was email photos of Renly and Loras to my phone so I would have them. If you do not know how to draw something, the surefire way to do so is have a look at the real life example. Whenever you feel like you’re art blocked in that way, don’t despair. References help fill your brain with information.
Good, now I had costume reference. Next, I scribbled out exactly how I kind of saw the sketch in my head in the most bare bones way.
Because putting two people on a horse is a pretty complicated drawing for me, I made sure to draw the figures in their scribbly entirety so that I wouldn’t be confused about limb placement later. Also just to note I pretty much used up the entire sketchpad, which is why the horse ended up with no face, but I didn’t really mind.
Next I started with Jehan’s face on the right. This is because I am left handed and always smudge what I make so I have to work right to left, so I don’t cover up what’s already finished. I start with the face because it’s the most important part of the drawing, that’s what people are going to look at and I want to make sure I get it right before I move on.
While I was doing this, I had my phone out next to me with the photo of Loras so I could cross check the armor as I went. Note that I let the references serve my drawing, instead of the other way around. Referencing doesn’t always mean copying what’s there exactly, it’s just there to help you make something look more informed than if you didn’t check reference.
And there, Jehan’s done, mostly. Since his arm is around Courf, I’m saving that for later. On to Courf’s face. Took out my Renly reference to check the crown and his outfit.
Now, because of the fact that I scribbled the figures first, I have a lot of marks on the page when I go to do the finished section of it. Usually I just draw over it with finished marks and sort of erase all the stuff that I didn’t need. But sometimes I kind of look at it and I’m like which lines am I even supposed to follow, what was meant to be here. In those cases it helps to just erase out the shape so you can look at the negative space and figure out what you want to do with it.
Which, while now that area looks ridiculous, I at least cleared it so I could see what was going on better than what I had before, and I easily saw the mistake that his upper arm was too long.
And there, I went ahead and finished everything off. Then onto photoshop, back at home…
My last step, besides boosting the levels and clearing away some of the pencil dust, was taking Jehan’s lower half and pushing it up a little since he was sitting too low. I just selected it, pushed it up, and then used the tablet to connect the lines back together where they had broken.
And that’s about it. I don’t know if these things help for people to see but maybe they do.
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