Drawing finally done! Started 3 months ago, It took a way longer than I expected. I thought that drawing in white on black would be easier but not at all. The thing is, to have white really really white, I had to draw so many times that I’ve lost count (I killed 3 entire pencils to achieve it.)
The process was so long also because of the large size of the drawing; the principal difficulty was to do all these different lightings and shadows. My favourite part was to draw Sherlock climbing the stairs; I loved to draw the shadow on his coat and the staircase. But I didn’t enjoy so much drawing the hair of the profile, it drove me crazy! I was really happy when I put my signature at the end.
Credit to Ian Derry for the 2 wonderful reference photos I’ve used:
Finally done my part of the collaboration with suis0u !
I love making this kind of drawing, I mean, start with reference, have some ideas while drawing, and have an unexpected result. Like for example, the right part of Sherlock; I didn’t know what to do here, because I had John’s arm on the over side and nothing on this one. So I’ve started to draw Sherlock’s coat longer and it became this kind of black wing protecting John’s head (perhaps a ‘Smaug’ inspiration somewhere!) I had fun with this one, maybe except John’s face because his expression was quite difficult and the whole shading was so long… So there’s that, thanks to suis0u who had the idea of the playing card, I’m waiting now her finished piece and we’ll can see them together;(and I’ve already an idea of a new 'playing card’ in mind, whith Sherlock&Jim this time!)
Drawing on bristol paper, 50x33cm (19,6'x13’)
Tools: mechanical pencil with 4B lead, 4B graphite pencil.
I’ve been asked to make a tutorial about my pencil work, i’ve chosen my drawing ‘benedict painted with tea’, because it’s the only one that i took pictures of every steps. I don’t know if it’s really a tutorial, it’s quite hard to explain with words exactly how i do, but i did my best. However, it shows the whole process from the beginning to the nearly end (one of my many unfinished works!) Open the pictures in a new tab for a full view.
Starting the tea-painting (it’s almost his natural color, isn’t it?) and the shading. I’m also testing to write something on the paper in his hands, to see if it works. I’ve chosen my favourite scene in Sherlock, the long monologue in The Hounds of Baskerville (and maybe his longest deduction?) Open the picture in a new tab for try to read it and cherchez le chien!