best of the drawing of the day, week 134: two shady guys

drawingoftheday-week134-shadyguysOr rather, two shaded guys.  Hand shaded guys, that is.  Freehand toning like this, with a very small pen like the Rotring Art Pen with the EF sketch nib* (aka the scritchy-scratchy pen) is about the most fun you can have in a sketchbook.  It’s utterly mesmerizing.  And it is actually good practice, so you don’t have to feel guilty about spending an hour or two on a silly drawing like this.  And there is nothing you can do with mechanical or computer shading that compares to the texture of a hand built black like the ones you see here.  Click for a closeup to see more about how it works, and how the phantom lines are set up.

As for the subject matter, here we have a chimera in a turtleneck being photobombed by a Horrible Creature.  That long necked guy is always sticking his pointy nose into things.

*Now available from JetPens!

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