Blues So Bad: Penciling

Ask Sam Viviano and he’ll tell you I’m a one-trick-pony. All I draw are bluesmen. Well, he’s partly right, there’s a guitar playing blues character that I love to draw and I’ve done finished drawings of him maybe 4 times now, each a little different. (There’s one hanging in Sam’s office at MAD). So when David Paccia of the wonderful site David Wasting Paper asked if he could commission one this morning, I jumped right on it. Nothing gets you back into the swing of things after a vacation than drawing something really fun!

Also: I saw my friend Maria Scrivan messing around with a timelapse thing on facebook, I’d done a similar on in an earlier post but her’s looked quicker and better so I thought I might try to record the whole thing. Unfortunately, my iPad couldn’t hack it and filled up just after the Pencil stage so….now I have a video of me sketching the initial drawing stage for you!


I had inking and a wash to do for this drawing but couldn’t video it…so I took photos. Here’s the Bluesman!

The Initial Ink


Beginning the Wash (Taped to a board to prevent paper warping)

And the finished artwork:
 Have a good one!!

Rich Powell

I'm an artist/illustrator residing in a small, North Carolina town. I worked for a few years as a conceptual artist and art director in the computer game industry but set off on my own to freelance. I currently do humorous illustration and cartoons for publications such as MAD Magazine and Highlights for Children.

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2 Responses

  1. guitarmantoo (Ray Betts) says:

    Love it !!

  1. June 27, 2015

    […] drift. The simple answer is “Analog until Color…(but not always). I’ve recently posted  a quick video of how I typically work in pencil but the video got cut off just as I was laying […]

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