This was one of the more difficult pieces I’ve drawn due to multiple light sources, lack of reference photos, and having no grouped subjects in one place. Oh well….I guess I can’t have everything.
The horrible reference photo.
MATERIALS USED: Fabriano Artistico hotpress 140 lb (300 gsm) water-color paper; Wolff’s B, 2B, and 6B carbon pencils; General’s 2B and 6B compressed charcoal sticks; Nitram H and HB vine charcoal sticks; Kneaded eraser; piece of felt; chamois; a blending stump; a sanding block; and some very patient hands.
I began by first putting in the wood grain using Nitram charcoals. Once that was finished, I went to work on using the Wolff’s carbon to create a stainless steel whiskey flask and leather smoke pouch. If you get to the close-up photos below, zoom in on the whiskey flask and you’ll see the knurled pattern grip I put on the lid.
Once I had those two object laid out, I then went to work rendering the bull skull followed by the boots. I used Nitram and General’s charcoals on the skull and Wolff’s carbon for the boots. The boots were rendered using carbon powder and a small blending stump. Then hatched over using the carbon pencils. The final results are below.
I’m thinking of putting in a couple of nails with a piece of barbed wire tied between the two so that the skull appears to be anchored to the wall to keep it from tilting over….maybe later….like tomorrow…or….never(?)
Here’s some close-ups. I really need to invest in a good quality camera 😦
See ya next time!