Construction…

Constructing The HULK! A step by step breakdown of my illustration process from concept to finished art. Let’s Go!…

Tools. Every artist has their favorite “weapons” of choice. Here are some of mine.

  1. Staedtler HB graphite leads w/ lead holder.
  2. Kneaded Eraser, to get rid of the excess pencil after the ink has dried.
  3. Ink Brushes / Raphael 8404 No. 2 Sable, Utrecht 228 No. 6 Sablette (synthetic), Winsor & Newton Cotman 668 Filbert (flat/round) and a Winsor & Newton Series 7 No. 2 (for white areas and effects).
  4. Black Ink / I use a mixture of three different types of ink to get a rich solid black look that I prefer. Speedball Super Black, Yasutomo Black Sumi Ink and Rapidograph Ultradraw Black India.
  5. Daler & Rowney Pro White / For white areas and effects.

Every good illustration starts with a solid concept. A quick (rough) transfer of ideas to paper. For the Hulk, it’s easy…Angry, Snarling, with clenched fists…

…Once I get the look I want, I begin to refine the drawing. I always try to have my subject matter “act” with a variety of expressions and/or emotions. Sometimes I’m successful. Other times, it’s a long, agonizing process. I think I got it with this one….

…Further refining, to bring the piece to a finished pencil stage…

…When the penciling is completed, it’s time for ink! I used a Raphael 8404 No. 2 Sable brush exclusively on this piece. The larger brushes were used to fill in the heavy black areas…

…Detail. Pulling my ink lines from a fine point, and applying pressure as I enter into the heavier black areas. The objective is to try and create a gradual variation of the line wieght, as it relates to a specific light source…

…When the first layer of ink is dry, I use a kneaded eraser to remove any excess, unwanted pencil and smudging. Then, I apply a light ink-wash to add depth and contour. I used a Utrecht 228 No. 6 Sablette brush for the ink-wash areas…

…DONE!

On to the next one.

Peace,

R

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