I’ve finally had the chance to properly view my finished illustrations in mixed media (Oils and pencil – so it took a while for them to dry) that came from a rough contour sketch of a praying manta character in a sketchbook that I drew years ago. A lot of my drawing / illustration work starts with the technique of contour drawing to capture the essence of whatever I am trying to depict, as well as letting my natural visual style / language shine through. It also allows for drawing that surprises you. I thought I’d show you the rough and some final work for this praying mantis character who still without a name – if you have any suggestions please comment below.
I thought it would be great to have the praying mantis making a fly cocktail / smoothie by following recipe instructions
I was really pleased with the praying mantis using the food processor illustration – with the magnified eye! Hope you like these illustrations. I’ll be blogging soon how to do your own contour drawings and why they are an important tool for your own artwork whether you are a beginner or more advanced.