This experiment began with a series of older sketches made in a great 9″x9″, 80# co-mo sketch pad several years ago during a road trip from Seattle to Los Angeles.
The subject is my girlfriend’s grandmother – born in 19 and 19, Lela survived Hurricane Katrina and used to work for the casinos as an “eye in the sky” during the 60s and 70s.
I begin by creating a new sketch drawn from the old – using the same basic shapes and shading as I originally used, but accentuating the boldness of her glasses, her frown, and her deeply intense eyes. It was always important to depict Mimi, the reclusive black cat, as dangling from Lela’s arm, helpless and somewhat blank.
Once I had a relatively fun sketch finished, I scan it and bring it into Photoshop for cleanup before importing in the Manga Studio for pencil and ink.
The result is a piece that reminds me to get plenty of calcium and smile.