Well, here’s another Illustration Friday piece. The subject this time is “Identical.”
I chose to do an update of The Prince and The Pauper for this piece, intentionally limiting the palette because I don’t do that sort of thing very often. This piece was originally sketched out in pencil and inked & colored using Photoshop. The outlines were done with Ray Frenden’s Experimental Inker (a blessing for those of us who can’t paint a line worth a darn in PS, which is probably a lot of people) and used digital brushes from Chris Wahl’s generously-stocked repository of free brushes. Just in case you wanted one more link, here’s Project Gutenberg’s copy of The Prince and The Pauper.
The original, physical drawing placed the boys in the opposite spots that they are now. My initial idea was to have the Prince preening in a mirror, but it made the Prince seem a little too unfriendly. Swapping their places so that they faced each other suddenly lightened the whole situation, even if the Pauper isn’t thrilled with the Prince’s starched collar.