That Thing Where I Draw: Porco Rosso


Pastels are fun. They're like crayons for adults!

This is a scene, somewhat simplified, from one of my very favorite movies. Seaplanes, air pirates, and bounty hunters. How can you go wrong?

After messing around with pastels last week, I could tell they weren't really good for detail work, not like pencil or ink. But I was curious as to how inexact they really were, so I figured I'd try a cartoon. Turns out, if you're careful, you can still do a lot.

Pastels are so different from what I normally do. I hardly know anything about colors or shapes, preferring instead lines and shading (although I hardly know anything about shading either, now that I think about it). Among other things, it's forcing me to be looser with my drawing, which is a good thing. I normally get so stressed out over getting everything exactly right that drawing ceases to be fun. But doing this one was fun from the start, even in the sketching phase.

Maybe if I'm lucky, some of that freedom will shift into my writing process. Who knows? Anyway, my favorite part is the propeller.

9 comments:

Anna said...

That is stunning! Those colours are just gorgeous and the shading... Yes, that propeller is perfect!

MattDel said...

Very well done as always, Mr. Heine.

Natalie Whipple said...

Lovely! That would looked so good framed in my son's room. He loves airplanes:) You really are improving so quickly. Keep it up!

sraasch said...

Ooo nice! The colors are so vibrant!

L. T. Host said...

You're good!

Anne L.B. said...

Two thumbs up!

T. Anne said...

That's great. I love pastels too! Oil and the chalky kind, both are fun to work with.

Adam Heine said...

Thanks, everyone. I can't take too much credit for the colors though. I'm still copying-to-learn.

Heavenly Muse said...

hi