I thought I would test out my how-to skills and post an older drawing I did. This was a commission for my boss's son. He wanted all three stages of this piece so I did the pencils, then scanned it into the computer and inked it digitally and colored it in Photoshop CS2.
Naturally I did the pencils from references I found on the internet. I don't trace, but rather reference. I believe it reflects in the piece when you draw it from reference rather than tracing. Nothing wrong with tracing as many commercial artists have made a good living doing it, but I choose to draw instead.
Inks are not difficult for me and I generally ink with a number two brush and art pen, but in this case I did it on my Wacom Cintiq.
I don't like to go overboard with coloring techniques and I'm all about the subtlety of art. Make it look the way you want and that's all you need to do. I have two versions of the coloring. The first being the flats and some minor highlights.
The major highlights are last and they were just some brush work and gradients.
I don’t think this piece is the best I’ve done, but it was fun and looks pretty cool. It did the job for my boss’s son and that’s enough for now.