And then I posted the bloody thing and said "blah blah what a pain in the ass" and "I ain't looking forward to drawing the Dark Knight costume for Batman", and of course then I realized that I had to.
So this post serves a couple of purposes: accountability, first of all; you can see I have drafted Batman's Dark Knight costume in all of its fiddly masochistic glory. I had excellent references, so I am not sure what I was so worried about except, once again, just the daunting level of detail (this did take a while). Secondly, once I have inked something, I erase all the pencil lines and lose the dirty draft and sometimes I really like my dirty drafts; there's always so much more nuance with pencil that I can't achieve in ink. And lastly, just to show you my basic tools: a kneaded eraser (no crumbs!), a drafting pencil (.9mm, which is actually a very large lead), Copic multiliners in a variety of sizes (I use the .3 and the .1 mostly), a Copic black sketch marker for filling in larger areas, and a Sharpie (down at the bottom there), which I confess is really bad form, but I've been using it for the outlines.
Part of me resents this because Sharpies have no archival qualities; they turn gross after many years. I've been trying to be more conscientious about the tools I use, but this is one weak point I haven't manged to kick (and I just bought another set of them, so I suspect I won't be kicking it any time soon). I have a size .5 multiliner, but it's not heavy enough and I like that Sharpies "give" when you press them. Makes for a fuzzy line, but also feels more easily controllable. Old habits....
Anyway, I'll have this finished soon enough, though I said I was giving Batman a rest. So I may not post the final for a while. I have so many other plates piled up! Yay!
So what challenges are you stepping up to this year?