I’ve been doing some pastel drawings around an idea I had the other day, something about cultists and ice cream. Anyway, this is the first page of a longer story. Figuring out how I want to depict it is interesting, between various traditional media and digital effects. Here’s the finished first page.
Working with pastels helps me get to a more simplified form of whatever I have in my head – just the places the light touches, the fewest possible strokes to use while retaining all the information. I’m trying to work down to a style I can do quickly and easily, and I’m not sure if I’ll ever get there. I’m growing less and less certain that it’s even necessary, ultimately, but the goal is teaching me a lot, so whatever.
After the pastels I went back and tried to draw the same scene using only a black marker – trying to work out how I could use the shadows and negative space to get all the shapes in, even while making it clear that the room’s mostly dark. That came out a lot better than I expected; markers are a lot less forgiving than pastels, but it’s also easier to achieve a gritty kind of feel that I like for this project particularly. To get the same feel with pastels I’m having to layer in charcoal pencil. So it’s been very instructive!
One of the stages along the simplification route ended up with this more abstract angle on it which I also like.
I’ve got two more pastel pages to mess with in Photoshop and then I have to get my hands dirty again. Stay tuned.