Yes. This bad boy is finally complete and it was a nightmare that definitely taught me some lessons for the future. It is the first time I have worked with a dip pen in such scale and it was messy. Frustrating. And it payed off.
I have previously exercised mark making with copying Albrecht Durers and Bernie Wrightsons work in my sketchbook. It allowed me to feel confident with the techniques and developed my mark making. I know for sure the illustration could be cleaner, as the texture of a scratched and painted over paper looks rough in different light. This is why for the exhibition I will be scanning the finals in and printing them in high resolution to eliminate the texture of paper.
When I develop my drawings I need to make sure I practice plenty before doing a large design. This is all done in my sketchbook, together with notes and small crappy sketches or photographs of me and my boyfriend for body reference! When I feel comfortable to move the composition onto a bigger page that’s when the official final is perfected. Here is a bad image of my work space and 2 out of 3 compositions I have done so far. This is how they look before I start inking. These two are too small for my preference, so I’ve scanned them so I can easily trace them larger and basically draw the images again. Oh the joys… 🙂
This semester I have changed my approach to adding tone a little from the last semesters work. Practising with dip pen and ink washes made me realise how much faster it is and how easy it is to build tone in this way. The way I worked before required a lot of time, all of the tone was build with hatching technique! So working with washes first and then adding stippling is much faster and in my opinion more effective!
Another bad photo of my development! What is important is that hopefully you can tell how much different ink and fine liners are. With fine liners I can comfortably do dot work and detail but they are not as dark as ink and fade easily.. which is good for error I suppose as I can rub the marks off with ‘ink rubber’.
I realised the rest of my final illustrations from last semester haven’t been posted on here. So here they are! This is not the last time you will be seeing them as they will be a part of my book I have to produce for my exhibition show! I also want to re-do Bazyliszek.. considering i only did that one over night I think giving it a bit more time and making it larger would make a brilliant final piece for the exhibition!
Legends illustrated here are Bazyliszek, a legend about a dragon that hatched from a chcken’s egg, hiding in the dungeons of Kraków it guarded a treasure changing anybody who tried to steal it to stone!
The men and an eagle is a continuance of Lech, Czech and Rus legend I wrote about in my earlier post. In these illustrations they find the tree with the white eagle. Rus reaches out for his bow to kill the eagle but Lech sees it as a sign to stay and establish his land, the village (Lechia) and people (Lechiatanie) was named after him. Today it’s Polska and Polacy.
First semester almost swiped out the way, only the assessment left on the checklist. With second semester lurking round the corner I thought about sharing another final piece for the Polish Folk Legends Illustration project I have been working on so far. I will carry on developing this project until my final exhibition… and probably carry on after that too.
This piece is an A3 fine-liner stippling where I carried on with my tutors advice and worked with tone rather than lines. It presents 3 brothers from a Slavic tribe, Lech (right) Czech (middle) and Rus (left). They are walking through a thick forest with their people in order to find new land. I wanted to show individual personalities of three men as they are often described in the legends. Lech was kindhearted and joyful, Czech was bright and clever and Rus was described as quiet.
With this illustration I wanted to bring out the importance of the men, by going lighter the closer I come to the figures I made them stand out from the composition. Although i feel like the tone should be darker in certain areas and I should practise more on that in the future. I believe sooner or later i would like to try colour in some areas of the illustration.