This is different, I wrote a story! Actually I wrote it a long time ago and never posted it, since I have never considered myself a writer. But I found it the other day and thought, what the heck. It’s about Dean’s reflections on Sam in a seedy bar, in a nameless town, like a hundred others they have been in. Probably fits more around the early years of their hunting together, before all the heavy stuff happened.\
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Click here to see an animated gif of the drawing process.
I recently participated in the spn_summer_art challenge and had a great time coming up with my entry. Check out the Summer Art Challenge if you haven’t already. There were many wonderful artworks from a whole bunch of very talented SPN artists!
Early on I had seen the banners for the challenge and considered participating, but what clinched it was finding the perfect reference for a summer based theme.
The male figure already looked enough like Sam from the back, I just had to make his hair darker and longer. For Dean I flipped the image and used the reference for his body, making it a bit less muscular. Then I looked around for pictures of the back of Dean’s head to help me get a likeness for him. That was tougher, but I did find a few, mostly screen shots like this one.
Of course it was fuzzy and the top of his head was cut off, but it helped.
The only other thing I changed in the general line drawing was to tone down the lens distortion which is pretty noticeable in the reference image.
To see an animated gif of the painting process click here
Here’s another illustration for the Reverse Big Bang. It’s still in the sketch stage, but I’ve been saving progress shots as I redrew and cleaned it up. I made an animated gif to show the changes so far.
After getting the background more or less in place I started working on the Sam and Dean figures. I blocked in the basic colors first, for the skin, hair, and clothes.
There is only a bare minimum of shading on their faces and hair. I played around with different colors for their clothes. The hardest part was coming up with two different blues for their jeans that still looked fairly authentic.
Once I found a set of colors that seemed to work well together I started adding a little texture to Dean’s jacket. I didn’t exactly try to make it seem like his leather jacket, just a regular jacket, a little beat up looking.
For Sam’s shirt I decided to try my hand at drawing a plaid pattern. Since so little of it was showing I thought it wouldn’t be too hard. I drew a set of pink, blue and dark grey lines in different widths. I put them in diagonally in what would be the button band of his shirt to give it a little more interest. It all came out a bit wobbly, but given the scale at which they’ll be perceived it’s okay. I’m just noticing now that the blue lines in the shirt tail are awfully faint and actually seem to disappear in the later versions. I’ll have to go back and make those a little darker.
The next shot shows that I went back to playing with background again. I added a texture layer to the whole image and then erased or softened it over the figures. This darkens the whole picture and makes it look more atmospheric.
In this next step I added a circular gradient effect from transparent in the middle to a dark blue at the edges.
This darkens everything again significantly. It pretty much obscures much of the red in the sky and makes the background look kind of foggy. I’m not sure if I should back off from this last step. It could also depend on how my author places the scene in her story. If it’s early morning or sunset, I could leave the earlier version, if in the dead of night, the later one.
That’s where this piece stands right now. I still have finishing touches to do. I want to add more shading and highlights on their figures and faces, but hopefully that should be pretty easy to do.
I would like to produce some more illustrations for the story once I know a little more about it. In my next post I’ll put up some doodlings I did with the barest tidbits of information about the story. 🙂
The idea is for Sam’s shirt to be white and Dean’s to be plain black over a dark t-shirt.