September 16th, 2014

Sci-Fi Temptress

Illustrator Trev Stair has a great has a collection of interesting portraits in his sketchbooks .This one is of the character Rachael, the femme fatale character in the 1982 film “Blade Runner”.

Trev’s report: “I’ve always been a fan of Ridley Scott’s “Blade Runner”, so it was really fun to draw Sean Young’s character during the Voight-Kampff test scene. [The test is designed to distinguish android ‘replicants’ from humans]. I sketched the drawing first with Pilot Parallel calligraphy pen. I love the line that the Parallel pens give — it’s loose and lively. It’s so loose and lively that it can sometimes get away from you (which can be seen in the wonky bits of this drawing). After the lifework was set, I added tone by brush with diluted India ink. Once the ink wash dried, I added the smoke and bits of highlights using a brush and Daler-Rowney Pro White ink. Pro White is a very opaque white ink that works great over India ink.

This drawing was done in a Gamma Series sketchbook. While the Gamma Series is designed to accept light washes, I have found that it holds up really well to a heavier hand. I have been able to introduce ink washes, watercolors and some gouache into my Drawing a Day work. This really lets me push myself in new directions.” Trev’s blog:

MEDIA: Ink and ink wash
SURFACE: Gamma Series – Heavyweight – 150 gsm – Ivory – Medium Grain Finish



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