Steps for drawing whatever Volt Volk is

Happy MMXIX, folks!

I recently hooked my scanner up for the first time in at least three years. As a result I was curious to try out digitally inking and coloring something that began as analog art. I don’t normally do process breakdowns, but I’m always fascinated to see how other artists work, so maybe you’ll like this.

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Step 1: the analog art
005 black Micron pen and “dark flesh” Faber-Castell colored pencil in a Leuchtturm travel sketchbook (about 4” x 6”, maybe)

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Step 2: inks
Yeah, it was already inked irl, but nothing beats those sharp digital lines. Just before I begin inking I create a flat background color layer. Usually a greyish light violet because it’s easy on the eyes, but this time I just copied the paper’s color.

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Step 3: layers of color
I tend to mostly stick with flat colors, but lately I’ve enjoyed playing with a more loose brush take on coloring, inspired by the way I’ve been using colored pencils. I’ll do a few layers until I’m happy with it and fill in the smaller spaces last.

As seen in the last two images below, adding a layer of solid black beneath the color layers fills in the blank spaces and gives the final art a grimy look that I really like.


Step 4: backdrop
The figure’s palette is pretty saturated, so I find it best to contrast that with some more muted colors behind him.

And that’s it! Below are the two versions side by side. I may stray from these exact steps from time to time (In fact I’ll more often lay down colors in some sections as I ink) but this is the most linear, and easy to break down, version of my method.

I hope this was as fun for you to read as it was for me to work on, and that your new year is off to a solid start.

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Steve Hauschildt’s Strands has been my travel and work soundtrack for my New Year’s trip upstate.

Alejandro Bruzzese