These last 2 are beautiful pics paul. I love the hatching and shadows. Do you do much in the way of pencilling before inking them? Your perspective always seems to be really spot on too, do you draw up grids or just do it by eye?
These last two are gorgeous, Paul. You have such a great command of mood and sci-fi is clearly something you excel at. But please oh please don’t tell me that these were done in ballpoint pen or something crazy like that. I’m jealous enough as it is.
Michael and Dylan, thanks very much for the kind & positive comments!
Michael, yes I dearly love science fiction, both stories and art. Some of my earliest memories of reading are getting Robert Heinlein’s ‘junior sf’ books out from the library, I must have been 8 or 9–great stories! Then later, and still, I collected and am inspired by the fabulous SF imagery of Chris Foss.
To answer the questions, they were done in Pitt Markers (fine and medium), and sometimes Pilot Hi-techpoint pens, in my sketchbook. I always work directly, “straight-ahead”, with no preliminary underdrawings or guidelines (although occasionally I’ll use a circle template for a planet or something like that). The whole fun is that it’s not preplanned, so that keeps it entertaining—I have no idea beforehand what the final image will be, exactly. As I start making shapes along a general theme(for example lately the theme is just ‘spaceships and asteroids’), as something starts to gel, then I just reinforce it and go along with it, for good or bad. If it bogs down I just ditch it–and don’t post those ones!
I find it very freeing to just draw spontaneously, and not submit to the tyranny of ‘must be clean and careful and not spoil that precious pencil masterpiece’, a sort of mindset I find can creep in sometimes. Practicing this way, I find, really helps with staying loose, when I ink stuff.
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