So a little bit ago, I upgraded from my teeny Bamboo tablet to a Wacom Bamboo Connect pen and tablet, a trade for a drawing. The gent that traded me the tablet wanted fan-art for “Leon the Professional”. A challenge, to be sure!
First of all, I’ve never been great at likeness. I’ve since been practicing a lot with it, but it’s still a big challenge. Second of all, I wasn’t sure what I could bring to this piece. I wanted to come up with something cool and moody, but this is kind of out of my element. I played around with different sketches until I realized I wanted to capture this scene:
First concept felt very flat to me.
At this point, I thought this was a decent composition so this is what I went with.
I loved working on this, and I took my time at it, because I wanted to be able to sit back every so often and try to stay objective. I know I could improve on posing, and the the overall composition with it, these are lessons for other pieces down the line.
The final piece with details are in my gallery now.