I put some final and subtle touches on my “Dr. Frankenstein’s Monster” drawing before I go away from it for awhile to work on some other monsters. I find that this technique will give me a fresher perspective on it and help me identify how it fits in the collection of other drawings.
This is progess after day 3, 11/13/18, of my new drawing called “Curse of the Mummy” from my collection of monster drawings I’m working on.
I continued to darken the majority of the composition since I want this to feel more like light subtracted from dark. I added bolder lines and more detail to the mummy to get a better idea of placement but this will likely get erased and lightened to add to the effect of the ambient lighting in the tomb revealing selective parts of the mummy.
The hands will eventually get a lot more detail to reveal the embalmed flesh and symbolize the curse of the mummy reaching and grabbing the viewer, up close and pronounced. The right hand still needs to be resolved as far as placement, proportion, and anatomy.
I began a new drawing called “The Curse of the Mummy” from the monster collection of drawings I’m working on. They were inspired by the classic Universal monster movies.
For this one i have the mummy reaching out to grab the viewer from the dark hallway of the tomb smbolizing the curse that takes a hold of those that unearth the tomb. This drawing will be dark dominant with just enough lighting to reveal the features of the creature.
More progress, albeit incremental, from days 5 and 6, 11/10 and 11/11/18, of my drawing, “Dr. Frankenstein’s Monster” from a series of monster drawings I’m making.
I just added more detail throughout and starker contrast with shadows. I also fleshed out the midground eith tge pine trees to enhance the depth.
This is more progress from days 3 and 4 of working on “Dr. Frankenstein’s Monster” from the Monster Series of Drawings I’m working on.
I implemented some of the things and made some of the changes I touched on yesterday. The ground beneath the monster’s feet was darkened further and more detail was added to anchor the creature and better pronounce the symbolism of it’s dark origin. The winding road from the castle was added faintly to createscale and distance as well as being symbolic of the monster’s twisted and treachorous birth. A pine tree background was added in front of the castle and mountains to pay homage to the eastern European terrain of the original film as well as help create grander scale.
After filling in more detail of the monster, I experimented and subtracted part of the outer layer with an eraser to give an electricity effect. I did not like the results so I went back and reinforced the fidelity and detail of the monster.
Finally, the chains still need to be resolved. They are nearly placed but will need a lot of detail yet, as they are a prominent, symbolic role in the story.
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This is “Dr. Frankenstein’s Monster” from the Monster Collection of drawings I’m working on, after day two.
I decided to make the chains more prominent as well as I laid the lightning locations in place, which will become more substantial as well. The castle will probably get a winding road to help create distance and scale. The prominent yet broken chains show the escape of the creature born in the dark of an ominous castle down a winding road toward the light.
The bottom right rocks that the monster is standing on will get much darker to anchor the focal point, which is the monster in this case. As you go toward the top of the image the lightning will illuminate the top portions of the creature. The darker bottom portion of the image represents the darkness of Dr. Frankenstein’s soul when trying to play God and creating an abomination. This is met by lightning, the very light that helped bring the dark creation to life. The illumination represents the glimpse of good and light in the creature despite its birth that took place in the dark.