I happen, sometimes, to draw scenes that seem to belong to a wider narrative, but actually don’t (except, I guess, in my head). To draw the two below I decided to stick to a very simple process: a Staedtler pen for linework and graphite watercolour (ArtGraf) for shading. The result is rainy, gritty and noir, just the way I like it. Oh, and a Kuretake black japanese brush pen, which gives me that exact matte pitch black.
Everyday life is made of exceptional performances, so here is one of them: the trusted friend who, upon leaving your house, will take out all your trash. I tried to get that retro look that fits so well for a circus poster.
And here is a quick look at the illustration process:
1 – This is the first line drawing, handmade and freshly scanned.
2 – Now in Photoshop I add colors.
3 – Next, I color all lines to make them disappear. This might seems counterintuitive, but it gives that flat retro look.
4 – And now, final stage: adding all shadows to make the image pop out: