I'm a freelance graphic designer, illustrator, writer and the founder of Sand Web Design. Graphic artist at News Corp. Father and husband. Pop culture addict.

The Spaces in Between

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