I’m really attached to these old drawings I did during my final high-school year at Eden College Craighall in 1999. They were part of my Matric Art Portfolio. There were three in the Metallica series and one of a random face I found interesting.
One of them I gifted to my dear friend Greg “Gump” Russell. What you see above is a photo of a design I made out of the original using early Photoshop. I added the red colour and the “teenage-angst” cross digitally. The other original drawings I keep tucked away for safety. The original is a lot cooler, I think.
The technique used is a fairly simple, yet time-consuming one. Using an old-school photocopy machine, I increased the contrast (thus decreasing the fine detail) of the original images. Then, using a glass table with a lamp set beneath it, I painstakingly stippled the detail with a fine-liner.
Large areas of black were slowly, carefully filled in with a fine-tip marker, in tiny circles which avoid the streaking that side-to-side colouring with a marker will cause.
A serious mission. Each drawing can take upward of 12 to 24 hours. But the outcome can be worth it.