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Okay, okay. So this is a little self-indulgent. But I thought I'd make my own caricature and use it as a template for exploring styles and mediums. Also, I need something new as a display image. I was getting bored of the old one!
So what do we have here? Well basically, it's a blue pencil sketch with a permanent marker outline. The reason for using blue pencil (I only recently discovered) is because of it has many advantages:
- With a blue pencil, you can go wild with your rough strokes and work well with volumes.
- A blue pencil is light, compared to graphite, and so you only see as much as you need to.
- Last but not least, when you Xerox blue-pencil art, it disappears! That way, you don't need to trace your work -- you can just ink on top of it and take a Xerox or blast away the blue in Photoshop (which is incidentally the next step).
The process mentioned above is Cleanup, where you get rid of the rough strokes and leave only the black ink lines. But the problem is that doing that makes your art lose a lot of character and depth.