Albert the Muskrat WIP

  • Not much time left and I am still not sure how to render the final drawing, but at least I managed to finish the page composition and I’m done twitching Albert’s shape and proportions! I like it, family likes it… I’ll try not to stray far from this sketchy look but rhight now it just looks toooo sketchy…😕

  • I love how loose he is...the lines add motion to the figure (as in the marvelous tail)! e6de6f95-4c56-4168-ac54-4945248c733c-image.png

  • I agree with RachealArmington, the looseness of the drawings are great. Your handling reminds me of the wonderful art in the Disney Short Burrow. I don't think you need to render at all, just play with tones and clean the lines.

  • @willicreate @RachelArmington Thank you! This coloring and finishing part is something I have less experience with, but this is the time to learn 🙂 I didn’t know Burrow, thanks for the reference!

  • My submited character sheet! It was a great exercise and I am happy with the results. I feel it does not look too original but it is a feat for me to be able to put together an image like this, colors and all. My daughter watched closely the whole way and at one point she even took the stylus from me and demonstrated her idea of fur rendering, wich actually was very good and I used 😃

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  • It's a sweet looking character. Nice rendering and storytelling. Easily works for animation.

  • @willicreate Thank you! I actually have a kind of animated version of my subject in my head when I draw 🙂

  • I have been watching the “Creative composition” class so I am trying to go through the thumbnails process to get Albert a home! I’m posting some of the 10000 thumbnail sketches as a wip though they are not much to look at yet… Actually I had started with too much detail, then I got to the discussion about thumbnails and realised it is a much better idea. Hope I make it in time.


  • Moving on from thumbnails to a more decided composition sketch, with a bit of a shot at values. I think I will put Albert in the image, and for added fun, my daughter Eva 🙂 I'll be off on vacation before the end of the month, I hope I will be able to finish this...

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  • @Oana wow this is stunning! I was reading through the thread I agree with everyone-- I LOVE HOW EXPRESSIVE everything is! Your sketches of Albert, his finished design, the lighting now in his house design and the whole feel of this color study. there is an artist I really admire called Jo Rioux who draws in a very sketchy way but it still looks finished and so beautiful, here is a link to a video she did on her process--it is mostly traditional but i'm sure there is an application for the process in digital media also.

  • @R-Fey-Realme Thank you, and thank you for the link, I did not know the artist and I love that style! Process videos are useful across traditional/digital media I think. It is easier for me to get a finished image in digital, but I think I work in procreate much as I was on paper, with the perks of course of "undo" and "layers"... 🙂 and I always start sketching ideas on paper first.

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