So here is another illustration project to share. We were given the challenge of developing an illustration for National Geographic on an historical subject. I chose to do the oral tradition of the Native American Indians, specifically the Ogala Sioux of South Dakota. My grandfather was a painter and a lover of the Native Americans and did many paintings of them. I have 5 of them hanging in my house and was hoping to create a painting worthy of hanging next to my grandfather's. :-)
So I did this illustration in my new technique which involves an underpainting in watercolor, then an oil wash in a mix of burnt umber, ultramatine blue and alizrin crimson over top. I allow the wash to dry a little and then I pull back the oil wash to reveal the lights. I go back in with more oil and then prisma color or india ink to add the details I want. I thought I'd share the whole process with you via pictures since that is more interesting...
First the thumbnails.
Then a value study of the best thumbnail.
Then the line drawing, followed by the watercolor underpainting.
And then the final piece.