I’ve been trying a new method for these greyscale monsters I’m doing for the new Sword & Sorcery monster book. Rather than doing up ultra-tight line art, I’ve been painting digitally right over my rough sketch. The result seems more energetic, letting the paintstrokes define form rather than “coloring in” the line art. Each approach has advantages and disadvantages, but this has been a fun experiment that seems to be working. I finally understand how to achieve some of the looks I’ve been seeing in other people’s digital stuff.

It’s something new I can add to my art arsenal (not sure it’s worthy of being called an arsenal just yet, but still) and practice with.

Here’s an example of what I’m talking about. All digi-paint; The only lines I did are the ones not painted over from my initial scribble on the left:

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