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Behind the Scenes

Behind the Scenes - "Christine: Lisa Vroman"


I've often been asked what my process is. The following is a quick run-through of how I create one of my fine art pieces.


Stage One - Inspiration

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Having collected a healthy number of images from the ALW stage show, gathering resource materials is rarely a problem for me at this point. In preparing an illustration of Lisa Vroman (my all-time favorite Christine), I narrowed things down to two photographs. I really liked the dressing gown photo but preferred a different angle on the actresses' face...

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... but a little photoshopping work later and I've got what I need in order to begin.


Stage Two - Rough

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Using my modified resource image, I sketch up the illustration using plain old H and B drawing pencils. Even in this rough stage, I like to bring it to a point where it looks almost like the finished product in terms of tones and linework. Because I like to refine the drawing over multiple passes, I prefer to use regular 8.5x11 bond paper since I can crank through several pages for a single drawing.


Stage Three - Final

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Once the rough art is to my liking, I'll enlarge it and transfer it to my good paper. My typical methodology is to use a grid to scale the rough up and only transfer the most basic lines to block out a general shape, but for fine details like the eyes and nose, I sometimes use a projector to ensure accuracy. Afterwards, I go in using only a range of four brown prismacolor pencils to create the finished artwork.

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Once the linework is transferred, I very slowly start building up tones and details, keeping in mind where I want to draw the viewer's attention. While there are digital programs that can emulate many traditional art media, I prefer to do it the old-fashioned way because I feel the deepest connection between my intent and the actual work if I'm physically handling the paper and tools.

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The Hannibal angel plate was blurred in the original source photo, but that actually worked in my favor since I wanted the focus to be on Lisa's face but needed to counterbalance the layout with something.

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Once the illustration is completed to my satisfaction, it's time to sign it and seal the artwork with fixative.

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Et voila! The finished piece ready to present to the actress.