Thursday, 23 May 2013

The Black Adam Song...

Today I wanted to share with everyone a little play by play on a simple little sketch card. So if you don't know, sketch cards are pretty big in our SP circle. It's a great way to create original art for the fans, and there are a few collectors as well who enjoy having original works. The challenge being that on these cards your space is limited when compared to a large canvas or even a regular sheet of paper, so you need to know how to place your character and what to do with the space you have. But it's always fun to work on one of these in between different projects or commissions, they shouldn't take you anymore then half an hour or so, depending how much you want to do with the card. So I want to show you how each stage goes in the process of bringing a sketch card to life, and today's character is no other then Captain Marvel's main foe, Black Adam. SHAZAM! 

Step 1: You of course need to select the character you want to draw and then you need to choose where and how much do you want to show of said character. For this one, I picked Black Adam and I wanted to focus on giving him just a plain old super mean face, like this man is pissed. I didn't want to spend too much time on the pencils, cause a lot that would bring this particular card to life is going to be the inks. No point in wasting time on some lines that may not be seen, but of course you can totally choose to be more detailed oriented if you want to be, it's all up to you.

Step 2: Here is the first step in the inking process, go over the lines and makes sure to add weight to the lines to that you want to make darker to highlight more importance. You can also add more lines, like I did here on the face to add the emotion of anger in Black Adam's face. After you add most the ink over the lines you want, you need to erase the lines you don't need anymore. You can ignore this part as well if you choose to, but erasing the lines will give your card a cleaner look. 

Step 3: Filling up all the blank spaces on the drawing with as much as black as you want, this would also be time for color if you were going to do just that. In this case I wanted to keep it just to black and white, but I can totally come back to this piece and color it in later if I feel the need to. I also added a grey border around the character to give it a more in your face effect. But this is strictly a thing that I do, it's up to you to choose what you want to do with any and everyone of your pieces. 

And the final product after this is done may or may not look something a little like this, finished Black Adam.

Thanks everyone for checking this out, hopefully you enjoyed seeing the process of a sketch card. I want to ask you though, what character sketch card would you like to see me work on and I can post the play by play as well. So leave a comment below and let me know what you want to see done. 

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