Today’s post is very much a rough work in progress, because I only thought of it yesterday. Because, yesterday, I finally watched Hamilton on Disney+. And it was amazing. One thing that particularly caught my eye was one of the outfits Hamilton (Lin-Manuel Miranda) wears. It’s a stunning emerald green silk suit.
That green…is perfectly suited to be worn by either Jacoby or Dashiell, so I chose Dash. I did both the first and second sketches today, and whilst I am still working out the shapes and proportions and still have a lot more to do with this…I like the direction it’s going.
Today I finished that special portrait of Dashiell I started almost a month ago. Because Dash is named after the author Dashiell Hammett, who wrote The Maltese Falcon famously portrayed by Humphrey Bogart in the film version, I had an idea I wanted to make real. Above is the fur texture layer along with a neutral grey background.
Then I added a shadow of the Maltese Falcon based on one of the two photos of Bogie I used as reference.
Of course, Sam Spade needs a dashing fedora.
And a trench coat.
Then the final touch, to give the portrait a real Film Noir feel…the shadows.
But something was bothering me. I went back to my other Bogie reference photo and realised what was missing: There is a dark shadow of his hat, and the original background had a shadowy texture. I went back and fixed those two things and…voilà!
However, I generally crop my drawings to a standard size, but I draw on a larger canvas. This is the full-size version. Not really different, apart from the proportioning. It’s such a great feeling to finally get the image out of your head so others can see it.
I’m still working on that special portrait of Dashiell I shared two weeks ago. While it isn’t finished, I have actually got more done that I am posting today. Above is the colour layer, ink layer and whiskers layer.
This is the only the colour layer, which is underneath the ink layer. Instead of painting inside the lines, I painted under them. It’s a neat technique. This was all done in Procreate using what fur brushes I have there; now I need to add a texture layer (for his ear furnishings and ticking) with my fur brushes in Photoshop, but I think I got his base colouring pretty well. As someone commented last week, getting the markings and colours right on an Aby is not easy!
And, of course is just the Dash part…there’s still the background and the other details to be finished.
I’m working on a special portrait of Dashiell. I don’t want to give away what it is, but I can share these early sketches. I’m actually using a different method of sketching on this drawing, because I want to capture all of his colours. The head model I am using is this photo of Dash that was taken on his first ferry trip from Finland to Sweden. The body will be different.
This is the ink outline (using brown, not black) and the “map” I will use to paint his base colours. I know, it doesn’t look much different from the sketch layers, but trust me, it is.
This is just the Dash part…there’s still the background and the other details to be finished.
I finally watched How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World a couple of weeks ago. And, of course, Toothless reminded me a LOT of Izaak. So…
I had to do it. First, the pre-sketch, and then a main sketch.
This is the preliminary inking.
And here’s the whiskers and eyeshine. I still have to do the second inking, base colour and texture (obviously)…but I am excited to finish it and see how it looks!
Like 90% of the world, Björn and I watched the The Mandalorian a few weeks ago. and the minute I saw Baby Yoda/”The Child” sipping a cup of bone broth, I knew what had to be done.
So far, it’s just at the sketch and ink phase…I am trying to decide how I want to colour it. The green of Baby Yoda’s skin is almost the same colour as Izaak’s eyes, but it won’t look as much like Baby Yoda if I colour it in sepia tones…so I am still deciding how I want to finish this. I also have an untested idea of doing a pale green background, with an overlay of sepia ticking.
I need to think about this. Stay tuned for the finished version!