Since today is the last day of September, this marked as both the last day of Sketchtember and the deadline of the brainstorming session for the IAP. To mark the end, I thought of drawing two sketches of OP washing, one by himself, and another with the help of his companion. And afterwards, I may draw the thumbnails as material for the first animatic draft since next month, as I should have been.
The idea of drawing OP washing himself has began weeks ago, when I drew a doodle of him washing his face. However, it was until one of the 2016 Inktober prompt, “Wet”, where I started thinking of drawing the idea. I did thought of drawing the idea as an Inktober entry, but since I thought a fanart would not be accepted, I thought of placing the idea into the last Sketchtember entry instead.
Initially it’s just OP washing himself, but then I thought perhaps there are places on his frame where the Autobot cannot reach by himself. This is when the idea of a companion washing OP on his back appeared. I choose Prowl as his companion, due to his role as the SIC to OP’s leader, and how his calm, experienced demeanor does make a great foil for OP’s idealism. The trust between them in Season 3 does fascinate me.
The artworks are drawn with copic pens in different sizes (0.05, 0.1, 0.5). This time I struggled with the pencil drafts, as I am still very unfamilar with the character design in different angles, and because of this, I resorted to look at the Allspark Almanac for reference. And even then, the proportion and angles may be a bit lopsided. Regarding this, I’ll still remember the mantra, “Finished, Not Perfect”, just in case.
To make the poses more precise, I did took a wet towel and wipe it on the mirror for reference, in terms of poses and the water drop on flat surface. I confessed that I might have put too much loose water drops in the first picture, and how the water seem pretty amateurish in terms of texture. Still, I have done what I have done, and the lines look decent at least. Anyhow,as my hands felt a but tingly from drawing two sketches at once, hope I can finish the thumbnails within today and proceed to Inktober while balancing with schoolwork and GT preparation.