We’ll be remaining with a nautical theme for this entry, but this time: fully digital.
The drawing was born from a sketch using the Wacom tablet, and there it remained. I’ve been seeing a lot of photos of octopus and illustrations involving tentacles lately, and decided to try my hand at it.
It’s really just a sketch; something for fun and for practice.
I like the main dude’s pose, though he’s a bit too calm, given the situation. It would be fun to do a follow-up where he’s a little more panicked. The basic color scheme of the tentacles is also successful – the color moving from that berry-red to a much lighter under-color. How this would look if the coloring was more developed, tigher, and detailed? It would be nice to have a bit of shadow to define the suckers more.
The other guy swimming away was added at the last minute to balance out a gaping hole in the composition. It solved that problem, but is probably the weakest aspect of the picture, drawing-wise.
Another last-minute additiona that made a huge difference, this time wholly positive, was the second layer of shadow-color on the main guy. It really gave him a much more solid feel, even though (again) the placement of the color is very loose.
It’s great to cut loose and have fun sometimes. this was a drawing that was never meant to be anything other than that. And in that regard, it was a 100% SUCCESS !