pennswoods: (Sherlocked)

I've been wanting to do something like this for a long, long while. Finally had a chance to get to the lineart and need to get cracking on the coloring so I can get these cards out in time.

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pennswoods: (Santa Trevor)


Not quite done, but here's the piece so far. I wanted to draw these two in parallel as much as possible since the purpose of this piece is to highlight their similarities. This meant I wanted to use similar coloring techniques on both. Both have a talisman that is not black and both have a textured hero's cape of sorts. Sherlock's coat pleases me with how it came out, but I struggled a bit finding a way to incorporate a different but parallel technique for Snape's robes. Black is always tricky to represent, but I settled on tiny circles with tight horizontal lines to give his robes a more fluid feel.


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pennswoods: (Fangirl)

I decided to celebrate my completed [livejournal.com profile] holmestice piece by getting started on coloring my WIP for [livejournal.com profile] drinkingcocoa. I've decided to give Sherlock's coat some texture with cross-hatching.

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pennswoods: (John by redscharlach)
For those who happen to be online on a Sunday night, here's that secret WIP I have been working on...

pennswoods: (Property of Sherlock by redscharlach)
I completed the base coloring on my WIP for [livejournal.com profile] emmagrant01's John/Sherlock fic, A Cure for Boredom. This is what it looks like in the final stage before I turn out the lights.

Prior drafts of this piece can be seen at the links below:
Parts I and II
Parts III and IV
Part V
Parts VI and VII
Part VIII



Part IX
I had initially not planned to color in all the wallpaper, but I decided to do so anyway to preserve the full pattern even when it gets dark. I honestly love this wallpaper now and am determined to order a roll. (It looks like there are several distributors in the US, including one in Seattle, so maybe I can convince some of my Seattle-living flisties to help me out on this. I think 10 meters goes for about $200, which is probably ridiculous, but I'm imagining all the scrapbook pages and Christmas gift wrapping that I could do with it, and I'm feeling all inspired to craft.)

I really enjoy how this looks at this stage because it's almost finished. If I wanted to, I could almost stop here, after the addition of a few more darker tones to shade certain areas (e.g. under the sofa). But I'm determined to make this night and have already started laying in deep shadows, which is fun but scary. My next update will be the finished final version - hopefully later today. Stay tuned.
pennswoods: (Property of Sherlock by redscharlach)
Continuing to make slow headway on coloring my WIP for [livejournal.com profile] emmagrant01's John/Sherlock fic, A Cure for Boredom. Prior drafts of this piece can be seen at the links below:
Parts I and II
Parts III and IV
Part V
Parts VI and VII



Part VIII
I agonized over the color of the sofa, which seems to be an indeterminate color between beige and light puke. I settled on a golden brown because that was close enough, and I prefer using marker to colored pencil when I need to fill in large areas. Next up will be the floor, which will be basic and boring, and probably brown.

John's face also came out looking younger, which is fine in light of how youthful Sherlock came out. I seem to be stuck at drawing people who look forever 21. Clearly an area I need to work on.

My favorite part has been coloring what [livejournal.com profile] droxy calls the tacky wallpaper. I'm very satisfied with the colors on that. What I'm not satisfied with is how this is going to turn out when I try to turn off the lights and make it all appear dark. This is why I've left off with the wallpaper colored in the middle, where it is illuminated by light from the laptop, whereas the rest will be in shadow. I toyed with the idea of just doing everything in shades of blue, which would have meant skin tones and all other colors would have been blue and grey and purple and black. However, I wanted a bit more warmth in this piece (and I like color!), and I thought too much detail would be lost by going truly in the dark. I also didn't have confidence in my ability to pull it off well. My plan is to go over everything that is supposed to be in shadow in dark blue, brown and black after I finish with base colors. We'll see how this turns out, especially as I find it harder to blend dark colors over lighter colored pencil that is more waxy and doesn't take new color as well.
pennswoods: (John by redscharlach)
Just documenting the next stages of my WIP for [livejournal.com profile] emmagrant01's John/Sherlock fic, A Cure for Boredom. This consists of the tracing and erasing followed by my first bits of coloring.

* For the curious, prior drafts of this piece can be seen at the links below:
Parts I and II
Parts III and IV
Par V


Part VI
I typically use the S (super-fine point) Pitt pens to outline the lineart and then erase the pencil before coloring. I typically use Sanguine for skin and lighter hair and black for everything else. This makes for a very sharp defined line which sometimes doesn't blend well with the colored pencil. To avoid this sharpness, I traced John's and Sherlock's faces using a colored pencil in a similar color and a black colored pencil for the wallpaper design in the background. This means both can be a bit softer and possibly out of focus (ideal for the background, which I've already fudged). Unfortunately, I find it more difficult to erase my pencil marks around colored pencil as it sometimes leads to smearing. Eventually, when i color, the remaining pencil lines mix with the colored pencil and result in a muddier look.

Doesn't Sherlock look horribly demonic here! :D



Part VII And finally the color begins. I scanned this on my mini-laptop, which doesn't have the same color adjustment features for images that I typically use, so the result is more washed out than in RL. I think Sherlock is looking better (and far less demonic) now than in the lineart, but he still looks quite young. I'll be going back later to darken everything once the base colors are in place and that may age him up a bit. However, this is where I find working with real actors as models for fanart very difficult. In trying to incorporate features from the actors in the show, I sort of lose control of my drawing.

However, the biggest thing troubling me right now is the color of the sofa. In numerous photos, it looks to be a sort of puke/olive/greenish/yellowish brown. I don't have a single marker or pencil in precisely this color, so I'm going to have to blend them a bit. Since it's such a big part of the background, I don't want it to clash too horribly with all the other colors. Again, I'll throw it into shadow and darken it later, but I'm a bit lost about the base color. Any advice?
pennswoods: (Tedious by redscharlach)
Thanks again for the feedback and encouragement on my WIP for [livejournal.com profile] emmagrant01's John/Sherlock fic, A Cure for Boredom. Here is the latest version, and possibly the last version of just the lineart that I'll upload unless I get a brilliant idea or some more amazing feedback.

* For the curious, prior drafts of this piece can be seen at the links below"
Parts I and II
Parts III and IV



Part 5 The primary addition was the wallpaper background which I did freehand. When I begin to color, the wallpaper not illuminated by the light of the computer screen may not even be visible at all, but I went ahead and traced out the placement of the design just in case. It's all quite messy, but I think that is in keeping with the rest of this piece (and my style) which is not very precise. I also finished Sherlock's left hand and added a tissue box just over his shoulder. I also tried doing some gentle crosshatching to delineate the shadows that John and Sherlock would cast, but it's not really visible here.

For the next stage, I'll go in and outline the major components with ink so I can erase all the false lines from the pencil. After that, I'll begin to color a bit, and that's when things will get really complicated. I'm hanging out on Getty Images and Deviant Art looks for good examples light and shadows cast by electronic devices in dark rooms.
pennswoods: (Tedious by redscharlach)
Thank you in particular to [livejournal.com profile] dickgloucester and [livejournal.com profile] rotaryphones, who gave me terrific advice on how to address some of my anatomy concerns. Their suggestions to pose and photograph the husband (when he cooperates) and Getty images were brilliant examples of how improving one's fanart doesn't always happen (at least for me) through isolated self-study. I'm beginning to think this is true of a lot of learning that happens in life, but before I get all Vygotskian, here are the latest two stages of my WIP based on [livejournal.com profile] emmagrant01's John/Sherlock fic, A Cure for Boredom.

* For the curious, here are Parts I and II


Part 3 Taking the advice of [livejournal.com profile] rotaryphones who suggested I look at Getty Images for photos, I was able to scare up a few terrific references of men sitting on sofas as a model for Sherlock's legs. I've also been hemming and hawing at the angle of his head and changed that a bit too since the computer is no longer directly in front of him, and I finished out the sofa based on a few stills from the tv series. You will note that Martin and Benedict were staring at me the whole time, and I liked it!


Part 4 Another set of images from Getty helped me with John's feet. I also added that small pile of something to the floor. Not quite sure how many tissues Sherlock used during his 8 hour session. Need to work in the tissue box somewhere and to finish Sherlock's left hand. However, I spent a lot of time on Sherlock's face and hair. I thought he looked far too young (like a teenager) in Part 3, and I wanted him to look more calculating and a bit leaner. Unfortunately, I'm still not happy with how he looks but probably should stop before I overwork the paper. I like the hair though. It's less anime-like and more curly, like Cumberbatch's actual hair in the role. I also reworked Sherlock's shoulders so he looks less tense and like he's sitting back in the sofa and not ramrod straight up. This fits better with his calculating observation of John's reaction to what's on the computer screen.

I'm planning to do the wallpaper, sort of. It's more complex than I like to do for backgrounds. And I might ignore the patterned throw pillow since that's also going to complexity the design. What do you guys think? And then coloring is going to be a real challenge, which I may fudge. The only real light source in the room,as described in the story, is the laptop screen itself. This is going to challenge the hell out of me when it comes to shading, and I'm already imagining doing everything with a blue tinge.
pennswoods: (Oh God Yes by redscharlach)
All this Cumbercrushing has sort of gotten in the way of drawing, but it does mean I've been able to scour the web looking for excellent reference photos for a piece that's been nibbling at the edges of my conscience ever since I first started reading [livejournal.com profile] emmagrant01's A Cure for Boredom. Here's my progress so far along with a few dilemma's that I'm facing.



Part I This is from a scene in Chapter 1 that kicks off the whole story. Sherlock is sitting on the sofa in the dark with his feet tucked under him using John's laptop for nefarious purposes. Because there is a small pile of something on the floor (which I haven't drawn yet), I decided to eliminate the coffee table that is normally in front of the sofa.


Part II - Sherlock is described as sitting with his legs folded under him and the laptop balanced on one knee, so I've moved the laptop to the knee closest to John. However, I'm stuck for a good reference to depict someone sitting cross legged at this angle (which is driven by an awesome reference I found of John sitting on the sofa). So I'm torn about what to do here. Does anyone have a good reference of someone sitting cross-legged on a sofa at a similar angle? Or can I assume Sherlock repositioned himself once John sat next to him so that one or both legs is on the floor? Based on what comes later, it's possible that he did in fact move his legs at some point even though it's not explicitly stated. Moving the laptop also means I should probably move Sherlock's head since it's no longer looking in the right direction, but I'm planning to have Sherlock looking out of the corner of his eyes at John since he's not really watching the laptop anyway.
pennswoods: (Sherlocked)
Day 2 of my Cumbercrush. We'll see how much longer this lasts...much of today was consumed with teaching and research related stuff as I anticipated. And may I just add, I was ON FIRE in class tonight!

In any case, last night I spent some more time working on my Sherlock WIP and wanted to post an update for some feedback. The picture is behind the cut.

This image contains spoilers for Reichenbach... )
pennswoods: (Default)
I've finally started on my next piece of Sherlock fanart, which is inspired by the events and themes of The Reichenbach Fall. This one is going to require me to stick closer to the visual source material and is going to push me to do something really different from what I normally do. It's also necessitating that I locate a bunch of good reference photos from the episode, and I'm finding that it's taking me a lot longer.

Here's how i started, with an outline. I spent several hours scouring google images for a good profile shot of Sherlock, but there really weren't any. However, I eventually settled on this because I think it's quite iconic for the character and might actually serve my purposes best.



You can see where I'm starting to go after the cut and where I'll need some help and input. Note, this image contains spoilers for The Reichenbach Fall... )

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