The creation of an Art print

It's been years since the last time I drew completely old fashioned, without any digital devices. I missed that a little bit, so I came up with this little piece of artwork.

If you like the drawing, it's available as signed, limited and numbered art print (42cm x 29,7cm). In my Kickstarter campaign as "Premium fan package" and on the Comic Con's I'll visit this year (while stocks last).

The first step is to bring down pencils on a piece of good paper. I used a bristol board with a rather rough surface for several reasons.
The comfort while drawing is one, but it's also about the result. I like the look of slightly fringed borders that arise when I put ink on this kind of paper in this kind of black and white art. I think it makes everything more natural and "real".

I used a rather broad mechanical pencil (1,4 millimeters) and a kneaded eraser.

In the next picture, you can see some more added details in the pencils. Then I added rather thick outlines for the main features with a brush pen. That allowed me to gain some control over line thickness.

Then I filled in the blacks with a marker and used different sized India ink pens for blacks and shadings around the blacks. This sequence is not random. The first thing you'll look at, are the facial features that tell you emotions. Humans are designed to do it that way, to sense danger. Especially the eyes and mouth are the first focus of close examination.
So after putting them down, I got a good impression of how this image would work out.

Even before that close examination one sees forms and patterns. So thick outlines and fields of black are very important for the first impression.

I'd say the drawing is done now. The rest is detail, that either adds or distract from the image, but it wouldn't be able to change the images meaning.

So I filled in some more detail and corrected her left shoulder strap a little bit.

As preparation for the last step, I tried some India ink fine lines on a separate piece of the same paper to define the best tip size and angle of what's coming next.

As the last creative step, I used a set square and added a double layered set of crosshatching lines to indicate shadows, until my hand ached. After that, it was a little bit of erasing and finally scanning it with a binarization filter as preparation for the printer.

Voilá my b/w version of Jona Maza, the main character of my comic Touch.

If you like the drawing, it's available as signed, limited and numbered art print (42cm x 29,7cm). In my Kickstarter campaign as "Premium fan package" and on the Comic Con's I'll visit this year (while stocks last).