Description: Why do I enjoy doing monsters? They are tons of fun and so different. Going to Wikipedia notes, The Lizard (Dr. Curtis "Curt" Connors) is a fictional character, a supervillain in the Marvel Comics Universe. He is an enemy of Spider-Man. The Lizard first appeared in The Amazing Spider-Man #6 (November 1963), and was created by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko. In 2009, the Lizard was named IGN's 62nd Greatest Comic Villain of All Time. Now we have an anticipated, blockbuster movie "The Amazing Spiderman" reboot coming this summer (3D too) July 3, 2012.
Description: If you want to get in all the details, use an 8-1/2 by 11 inch paper (A4) size. Use 3/4's of the picture with these guidelines. Draw the oval and half circle lightly with a No.2 or HB pencil. Make sure you draw them as seen in the picture.
Description: Seriously, I didn't intend this to be so challenging. But stay with me. TIP: You don't have to make the scales so small. Still, watch closely how the lizard's facial features, cheeks, outline of head, and myriad of scales relate to the guidelines. Normally I say as you draw, you will have more accuracy. This time I say, take a break and come later. At one point I had to take a nap. Nobody's looking. *wink*
Description: Now draw in his chest and the scaly bottom of his thigh. Look closely at the left part of his chest and stomach. Those lines are basically crosshatched. So don't worry about individual scales.
Description: I congratulate you for getting this far because this layout of scales is very important. Make it a therapeutic session, drawing in all those little scales. Another thing, once I finished them for the pencil drawing, I sprayed those babies because I couldn't bare seeing them smudge and lose definition. So if you're shading, spray your picture once you're finished outlining. At this point, don't even worry about your guidelines. If you drew them light enough, they shouldn't ruin your picture.
Description: Here is the outline done with a 0.7mm mechanical pencil. Look closely and see if your lines look something like this. You can erase if certain areas like the eyes or nose don't line up. Observe how there are more details, like the dots. Be patient with this, it's not as complicated as you may think. As you do more pictures, this will come easier to you.
Description: Before we go any further, I want to mention some tools I used, which is the famous white acrylic (this time white opaque watercolor) and also sandpaper. Right before I shaded, I used 180-grit sandpaper and rubbed over the Prothean's face with a clean blending stump. You will see what I mean in the upcoming steps. But before that, I want to show you some great uses of a pencil.
Description: TOP PICTURES: Here are the mechanical pencils with their crosshatches, lines, and circular shading. They start from light (H) to dark (B). The 2nd top picture includes 9B'S & BLENDERS You can actually shade a little with blending stumps without the graphite (if it's a little dirty with graphite already on it). Try this stuff out. It really goes a long way in creating a realistic pictures or even sketches. If you don't have these tools, just use a No.2 pencil and a tissue to blend. BOTTOM PICTURES: You can purchase many different grit ranges of sandpaper at your handy hardware store.
Description: The picture that goes with this step shows two different ways to hold your pencil to acquire certain effects. OVERHAND: Holding a sharpened pencil in normal writing form with fingers in the middle or near the lead gives you great control and thin/detailed strokes. UNDERHAND: Holding the pencil at a 45 degrees or near level to the table with end of pencil under your palm with pencil on the flat side, gives you large shading coverage. With the No.2 pencil, you have the exposed lead side to shade with. But for a wider swath, use that Cretacolor Monolith graphite pencil with no wood casing. The whole sharpened portion is all lead, like in the step's picture. Practice the toning values to help you with control.
Description: PENCIL STROKES & TONE, SHADING, TEXTURE -- For your convenience, I have inserted this step with different pencils, strokes to use. And you can study the shapes that make up this drawing universe, along with tone, shading, and texture.
Description: The picture here is a great exercise for value shading. I've got a little secret tip for you to make things easier. You can download this to your desktop. First click on the picture to have access to full size. By right clicking on your mouse, you can select "Save Image As." It should save to your desktop.
Description: After printing out a number of the above template, practice shading in the values like this picture. You become familiar with this shading technique that gives you more control and confidence.
Description: This for me was a bit unusual because I sprayed my outline drawing first. Then I slid my 180-grit sandpaper under my paper outline. I rubbed on the paper with my blending stump to make the paper "bumpy." Now I started with the pastel application. If you do the whole picture in a pencil sketch, this is where you would sketch in small circles or lines to shade the areas. It would take hours upon hours to cover all that area with a pencil. I chose to shade with pastels. In a few strokes I've got area coverage. I Applied medium to dark gray to his whole scaled body. Added black pastel to give a dark shadow on his thigh. Looks like a mess, but that's how a some beginning projects will appear. Keep patience with you and keep applying those layers of whites, grays & blacks. You'll have a great outcome.
Description: Here I used my blending stump to "draw" in more shading to the scales and lines. I needed to keep white areas around his eyes, nose, mouth, chin, and chest. I made sure I didn't shade those areas. At this point, I have not used a pencil yet. After those adjustments, I sprayed the picture with "Krylon Workable Fixatif" to adhere the pencil & pastel to the paper for a non-smudging and workable surface.
Description: At this point, I sketched only with my 9B Graphite pencil and crayon. I added texture to his scales on his head with my 9B Pencil and gave shading around his head's outline. I took charge and grabbed my 9B Graphite Crayon and added more definition to his shoulder and arm scales. I also darkened his thigh with the crayon.
Description: Basically, I added more highlights with Opaque Watercolor to the crevices of his scales, and some of his facial scales around his eyes, nose and mouth. I especially paid attention to the darker scales with highlights on his arm. Now Dr. Connor, the Lizard, of The Amazing Spiderman "pops" out! Now, To help out with specific areas of highlights, tone, texture, etc., the next two following steps will show you.
Description: Click on this picture to see how Tone, Shading, Texture, and Reflective Light affects Dr. Connors, the Lizard. I am closing out now. But you all have been wonderful and it has been a great pleasure to do this tutorial with you. Please fav, comment, and show your love here. And I will definitely reply back soon or eventually. Love, peace, happiness, success, and more beautiful days to ya! *hug* *blowkiss*
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