Day 4 and a new illustration idea not a more finished rework of an existing idea. It is interesting but this as many of my drawings just took place on the paper. By which I mean that I have the idea in my head, maybe do a partial quick scribble of any part I feel I need to check first - in this case the pose of the character and then the rest happens / grows on the actual drawing, no preliminaries. This of course may be a bad thing sometimes.
The inspiration for this? Well I am a big fan of Paul Stewart & Chris Riddell and their Edge Chronicles series of books. Another series of theirs is Barnaby Grimes, Barnaby being a 'tic-toc' lad (a kind of messenger / courier) who traverses the rooftops in the course of his deliveries. Chris Riddle illustrates the books, but in the case of the Barnaby Grimes I was left wanting more illustrations and I also found that I had my own impression of the character and I felt that I wanted 'darker feeling' illustrations.
I haven't looked at the book for a couple of months, and last night I knew what I wanted to draw today, so this is my impression of the character and a scene I had in my mind when reading the book. Interesting as well how totally different the styles, Chris Riddell has a very recognisable style, mine here is quite Dickensian I think and how I interpreted the world in the book.
Now if only I could become as followed an illustrator as Chris!