One of the main things I struggle with when illustrating is Continuity.
When I am asked to create a series of drawings in the back of my mind is always the fear of drawing the same character over and over again in different positions and with different expressions. It doesn’t start to become fun until I am confident that the shapes and features are correct in all areas.
With this in mind I thought I would practice developing a drawing of a young crocodile called Boris and show the process from rough drawings through to final painting.
So above are six drawings showing Boris in different positions and doing different activities. My aim is to show a young crocodile which appeals. I have curved the edges and for the most part given him a happy demeanour (apart from the last images he’s obviously got himself into trouble!)
I always start with the basic shape of the head and body and then work from there.
In this first image I have taken my favourite sketch of Boris and have started to colour underneath my line. I separate each body part as you can see from the named layers. This just helps when adding texture later.
In this second image I’ve removed the line to show the colour and shape underneath.
I have started to add shading to Boris along with other features such as teeth and nostrils.
I lock each layer. This enables me to add shading right up to the line without worrying about going over the edge. Having each part of the body on separate layers also means I can move them about if Im not happy with the composition.
In this image you can see that I am getting near to completion. I have now added pupils, eyebrows, lines on his tummy and little bumps running down his back. Again, all these are on separate layers. By using a textured brush I can add texture to the rock using a darker tone.
Here is the final image. I have tweaked some of the shading where Boris is sitting and have added some quick lines to show grass etc.
Thanks for reading ! I’m off to paint up the other sketches !
And here are the finished Boris’