A while back, I got a commission request from a nice fellow in Germany to draw from one of his photos.
This was actually the first of my pieces that I did a step-by-step breakdown for, as my client wanted to see the progress as I was drawing it.

Some of you may have seen this on my livejournal a while back, but even I forgot that I did this one…so hopefully it’ll be fresh for most of you. 🙂


Black linework. This piece didn’t have alot of stuff to outline, or large areas of black, so this was very minimal.


Rough color solids. I kept this really minimal too, because I knew that I would be using a lot of transparent layers on top of it.


Lighting, transparent layers, highlights. The lighting is really key in this piece, and I wanted to make it as accurate as possible. I also added a bunch of solid white highlights, hoping that when I added the rest of the transparent layers, it would still show through.


More transparencies. I really wanted to capture the motion of the train moving by, and this was super hard for me! Two things I don’t do a lot of are motion and landscapes, and this piece focused on both! It was a hard battle, but 10 gradient layers later, I think I won.


More solids, some lighting and shadow details. I was nervous that I wouldn’t be able to capture the reflections on the ground correctly, but it developed nicely over the next couple steps.


Detail. I was drawing grass and cobblestone for hours.


& it all comes together! Drop shadows and missed details everywhere get filled in. I was really unsure about this one through almost every step, but I was so happy about it in the end! I should revisit some of the stuff I did in this piece with newer work, because I’m really, really happy with how it turned out.

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I am a tornado disguised as a girl.

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  1. Bedroom Feng Shui…

    Bedroom Feng Shui…

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Passing Trains WIP

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February 20th, 2008