Learning from the Greats, Volume 1
So, as I have been taking art classes and going through the experience, one of the things we have been doing is studying the greats of various genres. I think that the same principle of learning can be applied to the anthro/were genre, and I am going to try to duplicate and learn from some of my favorite artists from around deviantART. This will be an exclusive, non-profit venture. I'll try to analyze what makes these artworks great, and take a look at the genre from their perspective as I try to find my own style.
I consider this like a musician doing a "cover" of another artist's song. Instead of performing songs, I'll be drawing scenes.
This piece is based on:[link]
by yellow-eyes and novawuff
Constructed on Utrecht 74gsm 9"x12" sketch paper with a standard 0.5mm lead pencil and Winsor-Newton soft vine charcoal from reference. Digitally colorized in Photoshop CS5.
Observations: Her style focuses on the more painterly aspects with the fur and hair textures. A reference was followed very closely and incorporated in the original project. She also took her time with the background, a beautifully painted sunset. The werewolf, stoic as she is, looks into the viewer's eyes perhaps in a wondering expression. The visual balance is aided by the tree in the background, and one cannot help but wonder about the stick in the foreground with the string with beads attached to it. Harmony is a key element in this piece.
Takeaways: I had trouble rendering the fur texture, because it not only has volume itself, but the volume underneath (the figure) must also be taken into account. This is my first endeavor with charcoal and drawing an anthro character so, it was moderately messy. It did, however, make rendering shading a much less time consuming practice. I will be implementing this in the future. It was very helpful for giving the figure much needed visual volume and mass.