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Character Illustration- Hawkeye

Hi there,

          My name is Stephen Ditta and once again I am back with a really cool assignment! I have been working a sketch, the character is named Hawkeye. I have worked on this assignment for a total of approximately 20 hours inking and 5 hours colouring,  I was super dedicated to this piece of art. I want to sincerely thank Steven Sanchez for letting me use his amazing drawing of Hawkeye. If you want to see more of his art check it out here at

 Let’s get started…

          I first started this sketch by inking some lines to get the feel for using the pen tool on illustrator. It took a while to make the lines because I was deciding what to trace and what not to trace. I wanted to make sure the art still looked aesthetically pleasing. Once I did that I practiced with other images online to get a better feel to how the tracings should look.

 1st) Inking Arrow

          Once I felt comfortable I started with the most important part, “the head”. I made sure that I put the most time into this part of the sketch, as it is the first thing the viewer looks at. After completing the head I moved onto the arm. After a couple of lessons with the Wacom tablet in-class and on my own time I started to take interest in it. I switched to the Wacom tablet finishing the right arm of Hawkeye and boy did I ever feel proud.

2nd Head almost compleat (get the full head pic)3rd arm right (started to use wacom)

          Once I finished the right arm I sort of fell into a parade of assignments that held me back a couple of days from continuing this assignment; however, I managed to plough through the assignments getting back on track. The left arm of Hawkeye took me a while to do as it had lots to shade in. But, once finishing from the torso up I felt a sense of satisfaction. It started to piece together and look amazing.

4th left arm detail and shading5th  arms finished

          Finally I finished off the piece by sketching the legs as well as the foreground. This was the final inked sketch that I completed.

7th chest done and on to the legs 8th shot finished inked hawkeye

          Lastly was the colouring part, and boy was it ever fun. I started with a whole bunch of ideas for colours as well as looking up references as to what colours Hawkeye proudly wears. I created this first coloured sketch of Hawkeye, but I was not feeling the colours, they were just too dark in my opinion.

Coloring top 1 (for reference to gradient mesh and what colors are going to be used)

          I wanted it to look more like the original Hawkeye which used lighter colours. Finally achieving this as my final piece.

 coloured and finished final

           Once again I want to thank Steven Sanchez for giving me the opportunity to ink and colour his work. I really enjoyed creating  this piece of art. Until next time.