My whole family and I are still getting over lingering effects of illness. We’re feeling a lot better than we were early this week and late last week–but unfortunately, I don’t have any new artwork to show. So today’s Picture Saturday will be old drawings.
Old, as in, within the last year or two. 🙂 And it will be exclusively Phantom of the Opera fan art as well.
While working on this, I learned how to properly use my 2H and HB pencils. See, I used to employ the 2B–7B to “color” the drawing–e.g. “color” the lightest values with a 2B and then use 3B for light-ish “colors” and 4B for medium shades, and so on. It never worked; the drawings always turned out smudged and muddy. But for this drawing, I used the 2H and HB pencils to sketch the shadows and then deepen the values, layer by layer. A much cleaner, crisper shadow transition.
I drew this on impulse from a screencap from the 2004 film. And of course, only as I prepare to post the drawing, do I notice that the lantern is crooked. Oh well.
This has got to be one of my favorite drawings! I loved the lighting in that scene and just had to capture it. Blue pastel paper conveys the pre-dawn lighting quite well.
And here’s the companion piece! I have these drawings in matching frames on my wall. This scene in the film is one of my favorites: the early morning atmosphere, the violin music in the background, Christine unwittingly entering danger and Raoul dashing after her in desperation…it’s beautifully haunting.
A couple of sketches–which I forced myself to leave rough–of Raoul from the film. Here, he’s sliding down a rope from Box 5 to the floor of the opera house. At least he knows the shortest distance between two points. 🙂
And here, he’s dashing backstage to make sure Christine is all right. Such a jerk. #sarcasm
This is actually Book-Christine, and I deliberately drew her face turned away and with the objects around her as clues to her identity. She’s wearing a scarf and holding a picture of Raoul (drawing? Photograph? You decide). On the table is a photograph of her father in a frame, a stack of letters, a sheet of music, her father’s violin bow, and a playbill from Faust (the opera featured in the book). And a rose on the windowsill as a nod to the stage show. The pearls are there just because I thought they would look good on the table.
Sierra Boggess as Christine. This was supposed to be a doodle, but I got carried away with the shading. That happens often…
Sarah Brightman as Christine! Referenced from a promotional shot, mainly because I wanted to practice drawing poses, and using my colored pencils. I like how the folds on her dress turned out.
That’s all for now!