© 2011 Jin Han
This is a commission I'm doing for a buddy of mine. I wanted to show my working process for this type of drawing, so here we go!
I lay everything in lightly with a pencil. The image was darkened a little bit in Photoshop so that it's easier to see on your screen. In this stage, I work out the composition, proportions, and big blocks of detail.
In this stage, I go over the rough sketch and start flushing out the detail. I don't erase too much at this point, unless there are areas that require considerable corrections—the darker lines push the lighter lines to the back. I'll make adjustments to the pose, if necessary, and continue finalizing the details until I take the rest of the piece to this level of finish. (I don't like the way the girl's eyes turned out, so I'll adjust that in the next step)
I use a kneaded eraser to lighten up the pencil sketch, just enough to maintain my "guidelines" to ink over. I'm still making adjustments as I ink the piece, though. You can see where I've modified the position and proportion of the guy's right arm, and I've erased the girl's face, which I'll figure out later. The same goes for the guy's legs, which are still very abstract.
Normally, I work much faster and thrown in design elements as they pop into my head, but since this one is going to a good friend, I'm taking my time.
The inking is finally finished, and all the pencil lines are erased—this piece is almost done.
I take a Copic marker and add in some value to break up the lights and darks. Normally, I would go a little further with the marker rendering, but this one just needs some quick indications of value. Once that's finished, I put in an abstract background and this one is finished!
Here is the complete step-by-step: