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March 16th, 2015

Storm Troopers

Artist: Allison Sohn
Artist Statement: People draw a lot of Star Wars imagery; as an authorized Lucasfilm artist, I’ve done my share. I think the way to make your art memorable, especially when drawing something like Storm Troopers, which can be so very same-y, is to do it in a way that makes your work stand out from the rest. Show people something they may not have seen before. I tried to do this using a unique lighting scenario, and if the paper couldn’t take how much ink I was laying into it, I would have failed.

When I work in marker on the Alpha Series paper, I’m prepared for the paper to be a bit thirsty – I may go through a little more ink, but I know I’ll also get wonderful blending ability. The markers I use are refillable, so I don’t worry about them going dry. I start by drawing my image [in pencil], and then laying down an area of flat color large enough to work detail into, but not so large that it will fully dry before I can go back into it with other colors. Then I blend those other colors in, going over it again and again with different color markers until I get the desired results.

The Stillman & Birn papers really take this sort of work so well. They don’t ripple with the excess ink; they don’t pill up from my constantly going over it and over it again. With the Alpha paper, there is surprisingly little bleed through, considering how much ink I lay into an image. I think it’s just ideal for the sort of watercolor effect I like to go for with my markers.

MEDIA: Pencil and markers
SURFACE: Alpha Series – Heavyweight – 150 gsm – White – Medium Grain Finish

Ed. Note: You can see more of Allison Sohn’s artwork on her Deviant Art photostream here: http://allisonsohn.deviantart.com/

Allison was kind enough to also share four fascinating work-in-progress shots of this piece. These illustrate the layering process from the pencil underdrawing to the finished work. These are posted here below the finished work.

Storm Troopers

Storm Troopers – Final Artwork

 

Storm Troopers Layer 2

Storm Troopers Layer 2

Storm Troopers Layer 4

Storm Troopers Layer 4

Storm Troopers Layer 7

Storm Troopers Layer 7

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