25 Days of Christmas 2015: Day 5

Today, I have some artwork to share with you.  A Christmas tradition is the Yule log.  Originating in Northern Europe, notably in Germany and the Nordic countries and later spreading to the British Isles, the Yule log is a special wooden log that is burned during the Christmas season and usually is associated with celebrating (like food and drink).  Rusty decided to get in on the fun but…well see for yourself.  

Rusty's Yule log

“Rusty’s Yule log, Pen drawing on watercolor paper, 8×10 inches”


As we can see, Rusty finds the Yule log much heavier than he expected.

As for the drawing itself, it took some time to get it right.  I had to research fireplaces before putting this on paper.  On top of that, it took two tries to get the pose right.  I needed to make Rusty look like he was struggling to lift up the Yule log and put it on the fire.

Drawing pencils

On the left is my workhorse, a mechanical pencil with HB lead.  I like the lines I get from the mechanical pencil even though the lead is more fragile than the traditional wooden pencils.  On the right is my H pencil, which is a harder & lighter lead than HB.  I first put down some light layouts with my H pencil and then did a more detailed, tighter drawing with the HB pencil.

Rusty's Yule log drawn in pencil

This is how the drawing looked once the pencil was finished.  Afterwards, I pulled out my Speedball 512 nib and started inking the drawing.

Rusty is drawn with ink

After letting that set for a bit, I inked in everything else.  Once the lines were dry, I erased the pencil lines and starting spotting blacks.

Inking with a brush

Tune in tomorrow for more fun!  In the meantime, be sure to get your copy of Sunnyville Stories Volume 1 and Sunnyville Stories Volume 2 on Amazon as well as Von Herling, Vampire Hunter.  These books are available too in Kindle format!

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About Max West

I am a freelance artist and the creator of Sunnyville Stories, an independent slice-of-life comics series.
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