I'm a freelance graphic designer, illustrator, writer and the founder of Sand Web Design. Author of 'The No Good'. Father and husband. Pop culture addict.

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March 1, 2019

I've explored plenty of options when it comes to drawing and colouring art digitally. They all have their unique pro's and con's, but I seem to always inevitably find myself drawn back to Photoshop. Maybe it's because that's the software I learned the digital illustration process on. That familiarity makes it seem like I'm in the right place to get what I need done problem free.

With this piece, I elected to draw my favourite character from the amazing History Channel series 'Vikings'. Floki is an ever-interesting character, brought to life by an extremely versatile acting talent in Gustaf Skarsgard.

Using a photo reference, I tackled the line-art first, not giving a thought to colour until a had a finished black and white piece. When I draw in this inked, almost comic book style, I feel that it's very important to get the line-art right - first and foremost. If those lines don't look right, the whole illustration will be off, no matter how much time I put into colourisation and adjustments.

I was pleased with how this one turned out. I'm starting a new full-time job this week, so I may be stretched for time until I get my head around that, but hopefully I will be working on more practice art like this very soon.

"The space between life and death, that's where we are the most alive." - Floki

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