Though this piece, Alicia Snow - Pencil
, was done primarily for KaineNier kainenier.deviantart.com
, who has been my primary influence in wanting to learn to draw (in addition to working in the 3D medium), there are many other skilled traditional artists who inspired me as well, not the least of whom are ultraz ulltraz.deviantart.com
, denekawa denekawa.deviantart.com
, promet-he-us promet-he-us.deviantart.com
. and stevie-wydder stevie-wydder.deviantart.com
, among others. Special thanks to stevie for taking the time to share some details of his grid process with me.
The above work is based on this reference image hardbargainart.deviantart.com/…
of one of my original 3D characters, HBA Girl Alicia Snow. The drawing is my first since childhood, and was done using the grid method since I wanted to achieve as much proportional accuracy as possible, given my newness to drawing. I used half-inch grids, and consequently had some concerns about having to draw too many of Alicia's facial features unaided by the grid, but happily, I think I was quite able to capture her essence with reasonable fidelity by eye, so I was both surprised and pleased with the result.
The drawing was done on 9x12 70 lb paper with 2B, 4B, and 2H charcoal pencils, as well as white charcoal for some highlights. Shading and blending was done mainly with a tortillon and vinyl and kneaded erasers using the scumbling method. The piece took approximately 12 hours to complete. If I continue to draw, I'll have a long way to go to achieve anywhere near the proficiency of my mentors, but I was encouraged by this first attempt.
I have immense respect for anyone who can employ this medium even moderately well... more now than ever. I have bought some books and basic tools, obviously, and look forward to my foray into traditional art. More of my 3D girls await reproduction in pencil.