Droids Custom 2-1B: Beginning inks!

by Bill Cable
on 2022-12-14, 08:27:23

Made great progress on the 2-1B in the last week! I was able to squeeze in two sessions. In the first, I worked on the background...

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Going for the first aid room at the prison. You can see elements from the Andor series... the door, obviously. The electrified floor. I did that floor by eye, and I think it turned out pretty fantastic. I know there's probably mathematical formulas to figure out the distance between lines to make a true square grid using two-point perspective, but I tried doing it without and it ended up looking like a flat floor. Bully for me!

I also drew the left arm with his medical wand.

Last night I sat down to do some more work. Looking at how things were coming along, I realized that there's a lot of interesting stuff going on below the cut-off line for the bottom of the cardback (which is going through 2-1B's foot). So I decided to go all-in, and shift everything down. This has happened with a few of my pieces before, but I don't recall any I've shifted this severely. In the end the only person who will have to deal with that is whoever ends up owning the original art.

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Pencils done, it was time to lay down some ink.

You know... I've been using a proper pen and nib for my art since around 2000, when I drew my Cable Original Tusken Raider. But still, the physics of this thing mystifies me. I tried to get the ink to flow for a good 5 minutes, including watering down the ink a bit, with no success. I had to resort to replacing the nib completely. The old one flowed fine the last thing I drew. What happened? No clue. The new nib did have a really nice line, though.

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After finishing up Kino Loy it was time to ink the star of this show, mister 2-1B:

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Now that's a good-looking droid! All smooth even lines almost as if I know what I'm doing.

I feel like I'm in a good groove now, and I'm thinking I might power through the exam table and background this evening. So many straight lines, though. I'll probably have to go with a ruler and marker. I still haven't figured out how to make a straight line using a real pen. Maybe that's something I can look up on YouTube.

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