It is time, once again, to introduce you to a new book character. You may remember Russ and Zeke from past posts. Zeke’s book, Zeke’s Fate, is now available for sale.
These days, I am working on a prequel to Zeke’s Fate, which has a new set of characters, though there will be a few familiar faces from Zeke’s Fate. In this prequel is a man who calls himself Bicker. At first, he was to be a simple side character, but as I’ve written, he’s slowly, surely, become very much the heart of the story. …I love it when characters take over! 🙂
This is also my first attempt at a clayboard. What a fun medium! It’s a lot like scratchboard, but instead of a wooden board covered with white clay and layered over with black ink, it’s just a board with the layer of clay. It’s up to the artist to color/ink over the clay, and then the artist is free to scratch out details to their heart’s content. It’s great! Mistakes were made along the way, but I had a great time with this new medium.
– 5×7 inch Clayboard
– To add value, I used Faber-Castell Pitt Artist Pens of mainly the brush tip size. I used varying shades of grays and blacks to get some depth from the start. Once I was happy with the mass of shadow and form, I used an X-Acto knife, fiberglass brush, and some other sharp tools to scratch out details. Since this was all new to me, I went back and colored over the scratched areas several times, changing things here and there, to get the result I wanted. The face, especially, required a great deal of tweaking and little changes before I felt that this captured the likeness of my fictional character, Bicker. I did use a couple of reference images very roughly to get some ideas and inspiration, but for the most part, Bicker’s face is from imagination. As much as I looked, I couldn’t quite find a face that felt like Bicker’s…so I sort of pieced it together.
Unfortunately, the image makes this piece look grainier than in real life. I’m sorry for that.
Thanks very much for looking! Stay tuned to hear more about the upcoming novel. 🙂