Here is a recent drawing that was done as part of a project for a children's book. I needed to create a group of young, anthropomorphic dinosaurs with various interests. Here is the athletic T-Rex of the group.
Initial Sketch of T-Rex
Although I liked general idea and the head, I wasn't really happy with the rotation of the hips or the length of the body. Also, it seemed to be lacking some energy. So I tried another sketch taking those factors into account.
Here I focused on the parts of the sketch that I was most interested in changing, so I only roughed in the head and rear leg. I rotated the drawing to give it more energy as well. The head is still be a bit large... but I might leave it since he's supposed to be pretty young, and T-Rex's do have huge heads!
Here I started to ink the outline of my T-Rex along with a few spotted blacks. Since this piece was done digitally, it's simulated ink of course. I tried to emulate the line thickness created by a brush such as the Windsor-Newton series that is often favored by comic illustrators. I enjoy drawing in pencil more, so my inking skills are nothing to write home about. It's something I hope to improve. Since this is a personal project, it is giving me a chance to try my hand at all stages of production.
Before coloring in the picture, I decided to give it more of a comic book feel by inking in some additional texture and shading.
Texture inking of T-Rex
I tried not to overdo it and left large areas of the head and tail open for color. I also wanted to keep the image as simple as possible. The next step was to add some basic colors.
I'm not sure why I went with red, other than my son's favorite T-Rex toy is that color. The various characters in the story will all be different colors, so I decided to start with red for my athletic T-Rex. I kept the image very simple and only used flat colors with some shadows.
To make the image pop off the page a bit I decided put in a ring outline with the closer elements of the image breaking out.
Final Image of T-Rex Playing Football
I hope you enjoyed seeing the process I went through in creating this drawing.
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