It took a little more than an hour to end up with this. It was so much fun to get all the details right on R2, but I’m not sure I like it as much now that it’s complete. I think when I ink it, I will simplify him a bit and try to get back to a more cartoony feel.
Speaking of inking, I haven’t inked anything before, and I’m not sure if I should go with pen and paper or switch to digital. I guess I’ll try both and see what works best for me. If anyone has any hints or tips for inking, I’d love to read them.
Katie Cook, the expert in all things in the intersection of the sets Star Wars and Adorable, asked via Twitter for ideas for one of her mini paintings. Side note, I picked up one of her mini paintings of Yoda at SDCC and loooove it; if you get the chance to get one, do so. And the “Fuck You Box” book. Anyway, I suggested R2-D2 falling in love with a flip-top garbage can, and immediately realised that I wanted to draw it myself. Now, to put this into perspective, I haven’t drawn anything for something like twenty years so this was a giant step into the unknown for me.
First, I needed to plan what I was going to draw:
Ground-breaking stuff, right? Watch out, Caravaggio, I’m coming for your crown.
I needed to get my idea down on paper, and this was the quickest, dirtiest sketch I could do. Actually, I quite like it and was tempted to leave it at this stage. But I didn’t, and I’ll post the next step another time.