Of course everything starts with some sketches:
|Sketched from a stuffed Eagle|
|using photos, and some imagination when it comes to dwarves (but that's another story)|
|The preparatory sketch was turning into a full illustration, I might finish that too|
I've been making some textured backgrounds, slapping layers of thin acrylics on sheets of 50 x 70 cm paper, it's fun and it's a good base for various things. Plus it's also useful for digital texturing... but I forgot to scan that one before using it here.
I outlined the subject and started to paint in layers of light blue to isolate the sky.
Then I used my crayons to draw the main outlines, the crayons are fairly thick but since the idea isn't to be too realistic it's fine.
|That's the one I used for outlines and shadows.|
Pencilling in the border, this was done with colour pencils, it's a bit too fine for the neocolor crayons. I use tracing paper to reproduce the motif as many times as I need.
The final piece: