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Hawk and Squirrel : Fire in a Fall Sky

22 Aug

Oh hey you! Haven’t seen you in a while!

We apologize for the long hiatus from posting, a few members of the H&S team have been busy with personal projects.

But rest assured we are hard at work on new episodes of the podcast!

In the mean time, Nimit has just finished a brand new Time-lapse that he wanted to share with you + some talks on the process

I began with a thumbnail of the image in mind, I often use this small drawing as a guide for the rest of the process:

Working up the drawing to plan out specific elements and to help prepare for the final execution:

I draw a more revised drawing on the the paper type that I plan on inking:

After the major line and ink work was finished, I carefully dry brushed areas of the face and body to give the drawing more dimension and tone. This stage of the drawing had me really nervous, as it was kind of make or break in certain areas. For tricky things like this I always keep a few test sheets and A LOT of paper towel on the side so I can have everything in the best working condition before I put brush to paper.



I then took the drawing into the computer and applied a frame to the drawing in Illustrator. Looking at it, I thought that it might be nice to work up the frame with a lot of decorative elements reminiscent of the old portraits from the early 1900’s.

After doing a few drawings and designs, I decided that a simple frame suited the piece best.

Here are the brushes and pencil that I used through out this piece, below is a full list of the tools with name:


(in ascending order)

-Staedtler Kneadable Eraser

-Winsor & Newton Artists’ Water Colour Sable – Pointed Round (size 3)

-Wallack’s brand White Taklon – One Stroke (size 1/8″)

-Winsor & Newton Scepter Gold II – Sable/Synthetic (size 2)

-Pen and Nib

-Pentel Mechanical Pencil (size 0.5mm)

-White eraser (used to be a big rectangle)

-Bond Paper (13.5 lb)

-Arches Watercolour paper (200lbs)

If you would like to see more of Nimit’s work please visit his website at nimitmalavia.com

Thanks for stopping by!

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