Daxiong is often asked how he approaches his artwork. Some of his pieces become extremely complex, so we asked him to give us a step-by-step tutorial.
The piece he chose was one he did for an exhibit of the French comics MuoWang. This piece is now on display and being used as a reference in the library of L. Senghor – a secondary school in Corbeil-Essonnes, France:
Daxiong: This drawing was the “longest” one in my life, with the draft starting in Hangzhou China, and the finished work in New York. It crossed the whole Pacific Ocean and North America. This piece took me a week with the art editor calling me on the long trip to tell me to hurry up. I had little money with me nor time. but I just wanted to begin the journey to the US, maybe just so I could breathe the free air.
This drawing is work for my art show in France. It is a backgrond on a large wall. It is really complicated, but I will show you step by step and maybe you will find it is not so hard.
This is beginning of the work, conception and composition. The topic is “The Last Samurai”, so i must show the movement of the horses.
Add more details to solidify the composition.
With more details in the composition, you will find the lines are fluent and strong.
After solidifying the draft , I begin to ink, taking care of the details.
This is the effect after finishing the inks.
The next step is to scan into the computer, adjust, and erase the useless lines. Keep the drawing clean.
Next, begin to color in Photoshop, first fill in pure colors to separate the different planes.
I have figured out the structure and start giving them some light and shadow.
Color the water. By the way, you’d better color from dark part first and then hit the highlights last– you will find the picture will be brighter and brighter.
Many more details on water added. This is the basic effect.
But along the way, each editor can pose their challenges to the artist. The editor told me I should give the picture a Chinese countryside background– I nearly fainted.
OK , I am about to get on the flight already, so I called my assitant to draw the background.
This is the effect of the Chinese countryside after color.
Finally, I put the samurai on the background in Photoshop .
Done! The editor was satisfied and it was printed and delivered to the exhibition.
We hope you found this tutorial insightful. Stay tuned for more to come!
Daxiong and the Flag Team
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