The Concertina Lesson

  • We finally finished our D&D game of nearly seven years and statted up new ones for the next story - a swashbuckling adventure in the same world, ten years later. New characters mean new drawings, starting with the captain, Dami, and the quartermaster, Esh.  
    Usually making characters for me is a solitary thing, but this time I brainstormed with another player and these characters fell in crazy, ridiculous, hundred-page-backstory love. To suit their romance novel backstory, I drew them in a romance novel scene - a concertina lesson belowdecks that is about one note away from being a lot more.​​​​​​​
  • Vector drawing in Adobe Illustrator.
  • Dami face detail. I play the captain, a lifelong sailor and longtime pirate. 
  • Esh face detail. He had to strongly resemble his father while still looking like his own person.
  • Concertina detail. I have a couple of cheap concertinas of my own that made decent references for the overall pose, but these two needed something much fancier. Thankfully there's an accordion/concertina-focused music store in western MA, so I was able to get lots of reference photos on a trip to Northampton.
  • Hand detail. Esh's left arm was an opportunity to inject a bit of his player into the drawing. Esh's arm hair is based off of reference photos of my friend's arms.
  • Ring detail. These two have rather ostentatious taste in jewelry, and it was fun to have the chance to draw so many rings.
  • The whole drawing in outline mode. Even on my 22" Cintiq, a lot of the most detailed areas are solid black.
  • Progress shots. I started this about a year ago and got stuck partway through. I went back to it after about 5 months of not even opening the file to take a peek, and I really think the time away did me a world of good. Sometimes it's helpful to get a bit of perspective.