My inner child
I utilized this prompt to let out my inner child again. I bought a big pack of crayons and swooped up a big piece of thick, but smooth paper. I wanted to use bright colors and simple shapes. As always I did the sketches in the drawing prompt book that I made specifically for this drawing project.
Á la Gulliver
What made this prompt difficult was that both the prompt words went so well together. Someone fainting will very likely flop down to the ground (or floor) as well, right? Unfortunately, I couldn’t come up with another interpretation. That’s why I thought I’d have to add something else that’s interesting. The only goal with this project is to create interesting illustrations in the end.
At first I designed some different creatures, looking curiously down to the person on the floor. I had a lot of fun during this process, but a background story was missing here. I guess I had the stories about Gulliver’s Travels in mind. In the first book Gulliver awakes surrounded by many Lilliputians. I wanted to create a situation similar to this one – my character becomes conscious in a strange world where a weird (and cuddly) species lives. I chose my favourite design from the first sketches and drew more of them.
I scanned the finished sketch and cut it in the middle to be able to print an enlarged version on two separate sheets of A4 paper. To transfer it onto the bigger A3 paper I taped them together. For the tracing process I used the lightbox that my other half built for me. He likes to make things – like I do – but he prefers to use electronic components SMILEY
Before I was ready for grabbing my crayons I quickly opened the sketch in Procreate and tested some colors. Particularly because I planned to use very bright colors I wanted to prevent them from clashing with each other. In the past I never really liked the color pink, but in the meantime I really like to use it, because it always pops out. The background was supposed to look a bit strange, just like the creatures that live at this place. That’s why I chose blue-ish colors instead of greens and browns.
Let’s have some fun
Everything was prepared and I was ready to start the fun. I was quite excited, because I haven’t used crayons since my childhood. Would the result satisfy me? I tried to not think about this and just to enjoy the process.
It was really hard to create even surfaces with crayons, but particularly the texture is what makes the charm of this illustration, I think. Anyhow, I used colored pencils on top to smooth out the color a bit.
I had a lot of fun during the whole process. The only thing that was really annoying was the abrasion of the crayons. You have to sharpen them all the time and it created a huge mess. You have to clean up your table and your paper constantly to get rid of the dust and to prevent it from sticking to the paper.
I’m sure I will be drawing with crayons again, because I really love the texture, but it will definitely not turn into my favourite medium. I already used them in my sketchbook as well. They are actually very suitable for that, because you are able to quickly color bigger areas and the colors are very bright.
Art Supplies used
- Prismacolor Col-Erase Carmine Red
- Hahnemühle Nostalgie Paper, 190g/m² A3