|Rhett & Juniper, children of the niiiight! Two 5x7 inch ink drawings on bristol board paper.|
Happy Halloween everyone! Here are a couple of awesome kids I had the pleasure of turning into monsters this month. I had drawn their parents as vampires
for the #MonsterMySelfie
Portrait Sale back in 2014 & even their dog as a ghost
in 2017. This year, their folks jumped at the opportunity to monsterize the kids too! How neat is that? Take a look below to see a glimpse of my process & the whole monster family. You can click any of the pictures to view them larger.
I sketched on paper & in Photoshop different ideas for how the kids were going to look. I then sketched out monster versions of the kids in Photoshop. I printed off black & white versions of the reference photos, then used my light pad to make sure I had positioned the kids' features & shadows in the right places with correct proportions on the final bristol board paper. I lightly drew the kids "normally" to try to maintain their likenesses.
Then I printed off the monster sketches (at different sizes to make sure one of them would match the scale I was working in,) & used the light pad again to make sure I was placing the monster features in the right places.
Following that, I referred back to the original photos, black & white photos & sketches to draw out the final "monsterized" versions. I used various ink pens to ink the drawings & a bit of white ink & white posca marker to make a few touch ups.
|A close up of Rhett's final ink drawing that was sent in the mail!|
|Rhett's portrait, scanned & levels adjust in Photoshop.|
|Juniper's digital sketches printed out.|
|Juniper's final ink drawing that was sent in the mail! (Seen here with a couple of the pens I used.)|
|Juniper's portrait, scanned & levels adjust in Photoshop.|
|Dad & Mom! (Heath & Amanda, also vampires.)|
|Puppy dog, Dakota... the ghost!|
I hope you enjoyed looking at my process & these cool kids. If you would like to see more "Monster My Selfie" Portraits &/or more of my process, just click here
. If you'd like to order an original drawing of your own, click here
. Have a happy & safe Halloween everybody! Enjoy the spooky season!
-Philip A. Buck