Friday, July 26, 2013

Red Sonja at 30,000 ft

By Donato

Mentioned in my previous post about how much I like to draw during airline flights, and the success I've had with these images,  I was once again able to tackle the subject of Red Sonja while on my way out to the San Diego Comic-Con last week.  With the drawing well established and 95% completed during the flight, I then took a cooling off period to let the work settle in my mind for a few days.  I always find this a productive step as it allows some distance from the work and its initial act of creation.  Thus with a fresh set of eyes returning later to the piece I can catch anatomical and composition anomalies and provide finishing touches.

In some down time during the convention (yes it actually can get 'quiet' at the booth, typically in the early morning hours even with thousands of people swarming around you!) I was able to resolve another image from my recent readings on George R.R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire from which the HBO series A Game of Thrones is based upon.  I am currently working on images and paintings for the 2015 Calendar.   So, with Arya on my mind I thought I would share a second drawing as well from the convention.  More on that project in another post!

Red Sonja - Archer    11" x 14"   Pencil and Chalk on Toned Paper

Arya - Weirwood    11" x 14"   Pencil and Chalk on Toned Paper


  1. I love your drawings almost as much as your paintings, Donato!

  2. Really great Donato! That Red Sonja piece is fantastic.

  3. I gotta ask, but what sketchbooks do you use for your toned drawings? I found a few at my local art store, but the strange thing is for some reason I can't get my white pencils to take to the paper at all. I'd love to have something portable that i can carry with me to do some three toned drawings in. What are your suggestions?


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