The scene is an ambiguous one. The bulk of the original picture was drawn in English class during my final years of highschool.
The only thing I can know for sure is that the page ripping was a manifestation of my OCD which I suffered from rather chronically. I couldn't write summary notes for study- if one tiny thing was off I'd tear it out and start again. Being that Vaughan is based off me, I gave him similar traits. I suppose being that I drew it whilst being under the pressure of exams has significance.
Though I don't think he's writing summary notes hahaha. But that's some insight into what inspired me to draw it, anyway.
The redraw was basically just because I liked the original picture and wanted to experiment with perspective and lighting which I'm still kind of new at (I don't experiment with either seriously a lot), and I wanted to see what 6 years of improvement could do.
The background was entirely hand drawn. I really dislike using line tools for that kind of thing- although easier it looks so...stagnant.
20 hours over 4 days, Photoshop CS4 + Graphics tablet, 12 layers, A3 sized and mostly drawn with a 1pt/3pt brush. I've been having nasty migraines/co-ordination/eye issues over the past week so it was really hard to power through this, but I did, and I am glad.
Details: Download to see what size I actually drew this at.
EDIT: AHHHHHHHHHHHH. Thank you to for the DD. ;_; I was having such a bad day ahahah so it really made me feel better!!
I really appreciate all the favourites, and especially the comments. I will reply to everything when I have the time I promise.
Also; I don't actually know what was supposed to be in that box. So tell me what you think is in there! It's fun hearing interpretations. The character here, Vaughan, was a surgeon so it's...nothing pleasant, that's for sure. I always joke that it's Schrödinger's cat.
This is a great drawing. It has so much detail and effort put into it's obvious this deserved a DD. The first thing that caught my eye in this, was the light at the tip of the tail. But then I saw the box on the shelf with what looks like blood coming out of it, i'm a bit curious about that. But anyway, congratulations on the DD, it was well deserved!
Thank you for the kind words! The box pretty much makes this picture in a way. Story-wise, at least. I'm not sure what was supposed to be in it- the character was a surgeon, though, so...probably something gross hahaha. I like how it's an open interpretation; interesting what everyone thinks is in there. XD
Its kind of odd how you can go back to earlier work, I'd think most people like to distance themselves to their past selves, possibly to show how much they matured. This being even stranger, because its clear what was before a rough stone, You have polished sooo well ^^ (I'm talking about talent of expressing yourself on paper). Of course I don't mean you're not developed in any other way, more like, you went beyond the boundary of the standards I know here.
I don't know much about art so just let me say that..
On a personal note: I like how this looks, the impression of the character's face, the lighting you draw portraying how he prepared his working space... shows just how much he's worried about the state of himself, both in the matter of studies and mentality.
I can relate, 28 years old now, and I've got to give back a ready-to-print lower degree project in about 3 days (and here I am writing this)
P.S. What's in the box? Is it by any chance... the little things he had to murder in himself just to sit as calmly as he can to "get the job done"?
I like going back to old work; it shows how much I've improved so it's motivation to keep improving to me, and I still like a lot of my old stuff. Personally I think artists that distance themselves from their old art won't really mature or improve much at all, because they are ashamed and hiding.
Thank you so much for the detailed comment- and definitely doesn't take someone who knows about art to know what they like. <3 Really interesting interpretation too about the box.
Honestly, I don't know what it is in there. It just sort of happened- and I like how everyone can come up with their own story about it. I joke that it's Schrödinger's cat, though.