Today’s post was a fun one just for me.

The underlying drawing was done rapidly using a sketchy line style.  The overall feel is comic-book inspired, though it’s far rougher than the what’s usual in the industry.

The kernel of inspiration for the picture came from a photo of a skateboarder, , perched atop his board, visible only from the feet to about the knees.

An Attack

The second set of legs were added as a counterpoint to those in the foreground.  Along with what appears to be blood, they set up a curious scenario.  What is the relationship between the two characters?  Is the nearer one staggering toward the other, and if so, why?  The farther character’s stance comes off as cocky, not welcoming.  Perhaps he’s the source of the other’s distress.

Surprisingly, the whole thing came together easily: even the coloring.  The only part that gave me trouble was the shape of the foreground shadow.  It started out more localized: directly beneath the wounded one.  In frustration, I just swiped it across the whole of the bottom.  That did the trick.  It doesn’t make a whole lot of sense, but i chose a harmonious visual composition over plausibility.


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6 thoughts on “Stagger

  1. Foreground shadows are especially challenging for me, especially if I don’t have anything to use as a reference. I end up winging it most of the time, and surprisingly random lines work the best.

    Great job, Gabriel.

  2. I’ve still got Halloween on my mind, Gabriel! The guy in the background has frozen in his steps, but preparing to run in the other direction, as he is being approached by a zombie from the shadows!
    There are so many stories that can come from pictures such as this! I can actually see ‘the zombie’ skateboarding as well!
    Anything that fires my imagination is a winner in my book!

  3. Gabriel, at first look, I did not read your explanation before commenting in my first post, thus simply responding from my gut. So let me step away from your description and give you what my first impression was: I witnessed two people coming toward one another, meeting in a gregarious manner…the creation did not appear hectic, frenetic or angered.
    After reading your assessments I was wondering to myself, “Did I miss that much information?”
    In conclusion, please allow that I am not trained, and therefore, speak solely from a perspective of appreciation.
    I still LOVE this piece and choose to see it through my interpretation. It is a bit of ‘jovial mischief’ for me. I wish I could afford it. It’s one of your best!

    • Thank you for expressing your appreciation, and especially for sharing your interpretation of the piece. As I’ve said in the past, I deliberately construct my scenes to be ambiguous, to leave plenty of ‘room’ for the viewer to imagine her or his own story. In fact, I usually hesitate to offer my own interpretation, because it can shut off others’ imaginations. How wonderful that you can still see what you want to in this drawing! Keep it up.

      On the subject of purchase, would you be interested in ordering a print if this piece was available on Society6 ? That’s a website that prints and ships people’s artwork. It could be as little as $16 (plus shipping) for an unframed art print.

  4. I love your artwork. This piece is amazing!

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