So, that Dresden Codak fan art warm up I did a few days ago got to me a bit.

You know, that one. But, yeah. I started making a new version where I actually drew the characters in my own style, and more posed/elaborate.

As it happened I could not find that “get back up again pose” in a google search to save my life, so I did it myself.

After that though I was able to sketch out both Melchior and Kim, using the shapes they seemed to be made of, and a variation of my standard skeletal system.

Here I started putting together the background, clothing the figures and adjusting their size to better fit the page. This background is from page 10 of Dark Science  when Melchior introduces himself.
Specifically with Kim’s clothing, I ended up drawing a few different tops and bottoms from her outfits in the comic, to both get a view of at least her arm, and get definition in her legs.

And here is perhaps the longest part of this entire drawing; the inking. You’ll see going forward that this defines everything else about the how picture is constructed.

Now, here are the flat colors. The picture at this point is fairly solid, and can be separated into various layers I can paint between.

The picture is starting to look like the final now, and while the difference between this and the flat colors is striking, this was the fastest and easiest step of the bunch by far. Now all the colors are in place, and we can move onto the shading and finishing touches.

And there you have it! A finished digital painting.
I had really felt the most recent page of Dark Science was putting dots together, and I am sure half of what I am guessing in wrong, and… what I’m trying to say is my picture probably looks more meaningful than it is. I started seeing it in my head, and had to draw it. There you go.
-Ben Prager

So, that Dresden Codak fan art warm up I did a few days ago got to me a bit.

image

You know, that one. But, yeah. I started making a new version where I actually drew the characters in my own style, and more posed/elaborate.

image

As it happened I could not find that “get back up again pose” in a google search to save my life, so I did it myself.

image

After that though I was able to sketch out both Melchior and Kim, using the shapes they seemed to be made of, and a variation of my standard skeletal system.

image

Here I started putting together the background, clothing the figures and adjusting their size to better fit the page. This background is from page 10 of Dark Science  when Melchior introduces himself.

Specifically with Kim’s clothing, I ended up drawing a few different tops and bottoms from her outfits in the comic, to both get a view of at least her arm, and get definition in her legs.

image

And here is perhaps the longest part of this entire drawing; the inking. You’ll see going forward that this defines everything else about the how picture is constructed.

image

Now, here are the flat colors. The picture at this point is fairly solid, and can be separated into various layers I can paint between.

image

The picture is starting to look like the final now, and while the difference between this and the flat colors is striking, this was the fastest and easiest step of the bunch by far. Now all the colors are in place, and we can move onto the shading and finishing touches.

image

And there you have it! A finished digital painting.

I had really felt the most recent page of Dark Science was putting dots together, and I am sure half of what I am guessing in wrong, and… what I’m trying to say is my picture probably looks more meaningful than it is. I started seeing it in my head, and had to draw it. There you go.

-Ben Prager

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