My entry for day 14
of Equestria Daily's Artist Training Grounds. The brief was "draw a travelling pony".
I decided to get quite experimental with today's piece, attempting to emulate the look of medieval woodcut prints to produce a book-style illustration of the founders of Equestria, as depicted in Hearth's Warming Eve
, leading their tribes to their new home. If you're not familiar with woodcut, the technique dates back centuries and involves cutting into a flat wooden block, leaving the original surface intact only where you wish ink to be transferred to the page. To achieve this look digitally, I turned my drawing technique around completely, starting with a black layer and gradually "carving" it with the eraser tool to produce the white areas (the parchment effect was applied at the very end). Ragged and rough edges were left as-is to make it look more authentic. This "subtractive" approach to drawing was a real challenge to get my head around at first, but once I settled into the right mindset it proved surprisingly easy to build up the shapes. I would like to have finished this off by making it look like an illustration on the page of an old book by adding some lines of text and an illuminated letter, but I ran out of time.