I am one of the slowest artists you’ll meet and I blame my perfectionist nature. Nothing is ever perfect. With that said, I’ve been working on a sketch of Deadpool based on this image I found:
And I have been working on it for a while and unfortunately haven’t completed much. I started this sketch with the intention of practicing my inking, so I didn’t take the normal route on it. The normal route being to sketch the entire image out in pencil and the ink on top. Since I was eager to practice inking, I decided to take a different approach and do large chunks at a time, starting with the head.
I really don’t recommend going about this way because its easy to find an error you can’t fix because it’s been inked in. Anyways, this was the first part I completed. And at first, I didn’t have much shadowing in. I had a hard time trying to incorporate the shadows with the ink and decided to do the darker shadow in ink and the lighter ones in pencil. When I added in the pencil shadows to the ink, I was much more happy with it. Next, I decided to do a rough (emphasis on rough) outline of the entire body and added an arm.
The contrast of the pencil and the inked shadows came together a lot better on the arm. The fingers were inked in sooner than they should have, but I am happy with the overall image. The only other parts I’ve added are some penciling on the bicep and chest and some added detail to the outline.
I made the outline make a lot more sense in this image by doing a lot of measuring around the chest and thigh. The only problem I have right now is finding time out of my day to finish this sketch. So far, I’m pretty happy with it. I’m getting myself back into the habit of comic book style drawing and shadowing, which I needed practice on since I’ve taken a break on my art lately. My next step will be to complete the chest, move to the other arm, then the gun, and finish with the legs and background detail. It might take me a while, but I think the end result will be worth it.