Last week, my cousin said that she was envious of the way I drew and asked how do I draw out my pictures.
I was very flattered to hear that. But I am also a little hesitant to tell her my conceptualising of my art.
That is because I break a lot of the rules my art mentor passed on to me.
Secondly, I wonder if I am qualified to share my thinking process...?
AT LEAST I CAN DREAM
Step One: Inspiration
I don't see the whole picture that I want to draw: I see snatches of things I want. Setsuna Plus by mikito-p
was the main inspiration for this piece with its meaningful lyrics and sweet, pastel-coloured MV. I wanted to draw fishes and whales in mid-air. I wanted to draw my character as not being viewed in a straight perception, so I decided that he should be tilted almost upside-down.
Then, my friend said he looked forward to me drawing something in the style of Mekakucity Actors Episode 9
. I studied the pictures in that storybook and decided that dead trees, the main focus in those pictures, would fit into the ideas I had so far.
had a competition with the theme of seasons, so I decided that I want my art to cover some aspects of this too.
Step Two: Drawing
To practice drawing the elements, especially the anatomy of the animals, above into my art style, I doodled onto my sketchbook: whale, fish, how the boy should look like...
I started drawing on paper.
For this piece, I was unsure of how I want to integrate my elements... therefore there was a lot of erasing and letting my lineart sit there.
I had a hard time deciding how the trunk and twigs will twist behind the boy.
I don't know what to draw in front of the boy because if he sleeps there all alone, the picture looks bare....
I went back to step one
... I saw lilies in the frosted glass... lilies it will be.
My drawing style
I never do roughs before transferring to other paper for traditional art because I feel it is a waste of paper (I am an environmental engineer you know!
). Instead I drew lightly and kept erasing if I want to change things.
Step Three: Inking
You would have think that by this stage, I would have everything planned out. In fact, I just let my mind go blank and draw in intricate designs in the trunk.
I was very worried that the picture could be too overdone.
I came to this stage...
I posted this on my Instagram
I felt something was missing to join the animals together, but I did not know what to add in, so I just let my hands move....
And the picture was done!
I just Photoshopped the lineart a little and posted it!