I started with the line work. Where’s the pencil sketch you ask? Ummm… Well. Ummm… I kinda went right to line work with my cheap sharpie knock off marker. I find that drawing the line work without the sketch (for me) looks much looser. When I ink over a sketch, it gets all tight and betrays my lack of draftsmanship. (i.e. I don’t draw too good). But I’m starting to grow comfortable with my afformentioned lacking, as I embrace what I’d previously thought of as my own imperfections. Not sure if that makes sense, but there it is.
Next came the coloring. I plopped the line drawing into Painter and slopped in the color underneath using Painter’s artist oil brushes.
Then I adjusted the colors a bit in Photoshop. They were a little too saturated and contrasty and I wanted it to have a more limited palette. Here’s a zoom in on the painting combined with the line work. Lookit the way that cheap permanent pen ink bleeds into the cheap printer paper I draw on. Some people pay good money for that primitive line quality. Not me baby. I like my hotdogs and my art supplies on clearance!
And here’s the final illustration again. As the saying goes; “Sometimes you don’t have to look for bargains, they’re laying right there on the sidewalk of life, just waiting for you.”