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July 31, 2013
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The Unseen in the Visible by BWH-Twilightdrifter The Unseen in the Visible by BWH-Twilightdrifter
You .walk into your bedroom stunned at the music you have been hearing. An old keepsake from your childhood is not standing still. The color worn piece of tin has a crank that now slowly rotates without human hands. The music does not flow steadily. The music slows, stops, and speeds up again.

You know the Jack will pop out at any moment. It is common sense, but you are apprehensive. When it finally happens, you snap your body quickly into a defensive stance. It seems normal just swaying side to side. You walk on shaking legs towards the wardrobe and study the toy.

Then you scream as the Jack's colorful face distorts into madness. The head turns towards you...

    1.       The picture is sketched out on cheap drawing paper (I need the ability to draw over background scenery and erase without leaving “dark parts” on the finished work.

    2.       I then shade the entire back of the drawing with a layer of graphite.

    3.       After the back is covered, I flip the sketch onto 9” x 12” (easiest thing to scan) Bristol board.

    4.       The image is then copied onto the board by pressing hard as I trace over the lines I want to keep.

    5.       The light graphite lines are covered by ink pen and the graphite is then erased.

    6.       With a Sharpie, I black in huge dark spots and all cast shadows.

    7.       Simple textures are then added to any surface that would benefit.

    8.       I shade everything at once covering surfaces with more and more ink as travel into the depths of the background.

    9.       For the benefit of my eyes (all the textures make edges disappear sometimes) I add a thin layer of Sharpie over all outlines.

    10.   Initial, flip, title, sign, and date

    11.   Now, it can be scanned.  For Devianart I scan in at true size, but I set the dpi to 600.  My scanners have all scanned in a lighter version of the real work so I turn to Corel Painter to make it match.

diinytt Jul 31, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
very cool! 
BWH-Twilightdrifter Aug 1, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you so much.
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