Remember way back to earlier this year when I posted progress on one of the illustrations for my poetry collection? Well, to refresh your memory, you can go here and here.
And here it is, finally completed!
Sword and Serpent
I have renamed it Sword and Serpent. To complete the illustration, I used gray markers to deepen some of the shading, thickened my outlines in a few spots, and went through with white ink and paintbrush to pop highlight areas.
Penciling is coming along really well now for my illustrations. I’m going to share one illustration all the way through my process. Well, not all the way through. My rough sketches are VERY rough, and I don’t really like sharing those.
This particular illustration started out by being simply the flaming sword of Truth, but it didn’t seem visually interesting enough, especially as these illustrations are going to be in gray scale (washes of black ink). So I went back and read my poem a few times and came up with the following.
Note: this image has been darkened in Photoshop so the pencil lines show.
The three-headed serpent have bindings in the “see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil” bent. I roughed out some scaling on one of the serpents in order to get a sense of proportion but will add the rest with ink.
I tend to work maybe a little too heavy with my pencils, but I’ve embraced that as just being part of my process and adding to the overall completed work.
Thanksgiving is next week, so I may not get to starting to ink until the following week, but I’ll share my progress as I go!
This is a horrible photo of the cover art I made for my soon-to-be-released illustrated poetry collection. I left it a little “unfinished” so my book cover designer and I can play with it digitally.
I may add a black border to pop it against the background of the cover, and my thoughts at this point is to put it against a back drop of some kind of US patriotic bunting or the flag, but if that’s too much then I’ll work with my cover designer on it.
What’s the title of my collection, you ask? Why , it is called “The Poetry of My Discontent, or The Little Book of Insurrection”. It’s political but mostly non-partisan. The poems are more commentaries on modern life in the United States and a plea for people to wake up and actually think for themselves and try to do what’s right rather than what’s easy.