The Barbarian City

Barbarian City Cartoon final

The Barbarian City Cartoon

Ever feel a little barbaric? Ever feel like you’re living in the middle ages? Even if you don’t, market scenes like this one are fun to look at and even more fun to draw. This is really a doodle turned into madness. At the end of a 2 hour stint with the sketchbook, I had something worth scanning. I had the wherewithal to snap a couple progress pics along the way.

And here are some of the barbarian city progress shots. As you can see, I am at my art table, sketching in RED pencil in my spiral bound sketchbook. Then I begin inking with a random Mont Blanc rollerball pen.

Barbarian City Cartoon step1

Gotta have the Starbucks and iphone nearby.

Barbarian City Cartoon_step 2

Barbarian City Cartoon_step 3

I sometimes wear a cloth glove which I’ve hacked the fingers off. This keeps my sometimes sweaty hand off the art and my hand glides smoothly without smearing anything.

Barbarian City Cartoon_step 3b

Here’s the final, scanned lineart.

Barbarian City Cartoon_step 3c

Barbarian City Cartoon_step 4

For those who haven’t ever read my process, I’ll summarize in this tiny nutshell: 1). Inked lineart is scanned. In this case, in 2 sections and stitched together by hand in Photoshop.
2). New layer> MULTIPLY  …Now you can grab your wacom tablet and freely paint onto any part of the art without destroying  or covering your black lineart. These days, my last 200+ posts have a multiply layer.
3). I generally use the same brush, size is fixed except when I dial it up or down, hardness is set to PEN PRESSURE. Here’s a screenshot:

Barbarian City Cartoon brush capture

Barbarian City Cartoon_step 5

4). New layer> MULTIPLY. Set opacity to about 40-60% and paint the shadows with black or dark gray.  Keep coloring and you’re done!

At the last minute I decided to fill one of the background holes with more barbarians, so here he is, see if you can locate them.



And once again, the final barbarian city cartoon:

Barbarian City Cartoon final

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A crowded medieval marketplace, filled with drinking and drunk barbarians. They seem happy and well mannered.

Inspiration: Inspired by the extreme lack of barbarian marketplaces in my neighborhood.

Time: 2Hours

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