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Rose Sisters tight pencil draft

I finally managed to get the costuming for the first sister to a place I was happy with in this tight pencil draft and now I’m working on costuming the 2nd sister. Spent hours this afternoon drawing roses and vines.

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Looking back to the previous post, you can see how much more detail I added from my cobbled together rough. And how much more refined the tight pencil draft is from the original thumbnail. You’ll notice there is a lot of shuffling around of items and characters to come up with a pleasing layout as well.

The anthology this is going into had a cover reveal this week. Here it is!

Once Upon A Story CoverYou can purchase this charity book on amazon. Proceeds are being donated to RAINN, the Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network.

Once upon a time, authors and artists gathered from the four corners of the globe, drawn together by the same vision. A vision of a happier ever after for abuse victims everywhere. Join those creative souls for the next installment of the Clich├ęs for a Cause anthology series, as they take you on a journey through the land of fairy tales. While not all of these stories end happily, we hope you will find a little joy in knowing all proceeds from this anthology will benefit the Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network (RAINN).

I’ve scanned in this tight pencil draft and will begin the laborious process of the inking next. The inking stage is the most time intensive portion of my process. Here is where I make a lot more decisions on patterning and do a lot of last-minute editing and nooddling to get the line art looking just right. I’m coming to the realization that I may need to work out a lot of these details in my tight pencil draft before I get to this stage, that it might make the inking phase go more smoothly. It seems I am always refining and adjusting the steps in my process to move the project along at a faster speed. Faster is something I’ll need to be if I want to move into more commercial segments of illustration such as product advertising and editorial illustration.