This is a tutorial I made about some techniques I've adapted from other tutorials on how to digitally color my drawings. I like the look of hand-drawn ink illustrations, but watercolor doesn't give me the effects I want. So, I've taught myself some simple ways to add color digitally to get the look I want.
I've been working on this idea for years in my sketchbook. It started out with the idea of the "Queen of Unrequited Love" floating in a gritty glass cage sitting on a throne that had grown around her.
I had plans to make her into a big oil painting, but never did, 'cause sometimes painting is intimidating. I decided to draw her with some other figures floating around. I overdid it on the first drawing but got a lot of graphite practice in - nothing is ever a waste - the drawing didn't turn out the way I hoped, but I learned stuff and the second drawing went a lot faster but still did not look right.
So, here's the third and final version. I'm never completely satisfied but I will be done with this composition and move on to other things.
I have these worlds of slightly distorted figures in my head, my sketchbook helps me get them out.
I am so proud to be a part of this project illuminating the horrors of immigration detention. Below are the videos I illustrated and animated.
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