A Work in Progress – Sam in the Moonlight

I should have posted this a while ago but better late than never. This is one of my other works in progress. I was inspired by the many lovely high resolution images of Sam and Dean that are out there on the web. This one is based on, I think, a second season promo shot. I love the high resolution shots because I can really go in and study the light and shadow play on their faces. Sheesh, its a hard job, but someone has to do it.

I started with this sketch.


I hadn’t been planing on documenting my progress, so I don’t have a lot of pictures of the initial steps. Below is one I took after I had already done a lot of work on his face and hair and started a little in on the background. The surface is a 11 X 14 grey toned Ampersand Pastelbord. I’m using Prismacolor colored pencils.


I bought this Pastelbord years ago and it’s been packed away with a bunch of other stuff that I never had the time to try out. Unfortunately real life has a way of interfering with my good art intentions. Why now? Because my brain has been hijacked by the Winchesters!

Anyway it seemed like a good time to try out the pastelbord. I’m still looking for that perfect surface to give me the results I want. My initial reaction is that it I like it even better that the Colourfix paper. It has less texture making it a little easier to get the smooth blending of colors. So far it seems like a winner to me.

At this stage, I have added a lot more layers of color to his face, covering up more of the grey background board. This board is fantastic, it can take layer after layer of color and using more pressure on the later layers will blend the colors together beautifully. I love the fact that you can layer a lighter color over a dark one to add highlights. You can’t get super light highlights like this but it’s enough to give dimension and contour. If you want a really bright highlight you have to make sure to layer only your light colors there.

Ironically I’m having more trouble with the background than with the face. For me it all comes down to having good reference material. I have a good reference for his face, not so much for the trees and clouds and things.

Now that I have the right side of the background kind of sketched in, the left side doesn’t make sense. I really need to change it.


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