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step-by-step of the back cover for UY Sketchbook #13

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step-by-step of the back cover for UY Sketchbook #13

Postby Steve Hubbell » Wed Jul 06, 2016 12:02 +0000

Stan Sakai wrote:July 6, 2016

Here is the step-by-step for the back cover watercolor drawing for the Usagi Yojimbo Sketchbook 13. It was done with watercolors and some color pencils on 8x10 inch 500 series 4-ply cold press Strathmore bristol with a 6x8 inch image area.

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These are all the tools I used.

I really enjoy using the aqua brush, though the bristles do not last long. But they're great, especially for plein air paintings.

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Quick pencil with a 3mm HB mechanical lead.

Used grayish-blue for Usagi's shirt.

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Starting to work on the background, and spotting tones throughout. I'm just laying in flat colors at this stage.

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Working on backgrounds.

The trees are there mainly to make the sword stand out and to break up the sky.
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I wanted a sky with texture, and mixed blue with a small amount of the green I used for the trees.

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I kept my palette simple, limiting the colors.

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I strengthened some lines with blue and brown color pencils and drew a border to finish it off.
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Re: step-by-step of the back cover for UY Sketchbook #13

Postby jabba359 » Wed Jul 06, 2016 14:11 +0000

Wow! I really like how the back cover turned out! :shock:
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Re: step-by-step of the back cover for UY Sketchbook #13

Postby Gaffey » Thu Jul 07, 2016 20:07 +0000

Check out those eyes!!
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