I think the last time I actually drew Alfredo and Nolan together was back in 2007. e_e And it's one of the pictures I've never submitted, so you've never seen it.
Argh, their story has been so heavy on my mind the past week, it's unreal. ;n; I was never a fan of the song Grenade by Bruno Mars (simply because it was soooo over-played by everyone I know DX), but I finally listened to the entire thing through sometime last week... and dang alive. Besides Break Even by The Script, there can't be any other song that more perfectly describes my post-film story.
The song, as well as a recent re-watch of Ratatouille, has been eating at me to write and draw more fan art, so I caved in to the drawing urge first. Hopefully I'll actually get around to writing, but for now, you can have this.
I know a lot of you said in my poll that you frankly didn't care about my Ratatouille stories or ideas, but that's ok cuz I'm going to write/draw them anyway! 8D
I love these two to pieces. Like you have no idea. I plan on coloring this later, when I finally get the steam! I'm so burnt out from simply drawing this that I should probably wait a little while.
Man, what's with this randomly long artist's comment?
Ugh, I don't get why Bruno was dragging a piano throughout Grenade's MV. And the ending... WTH. Song's okay IMO, though.
I prefer Break Even, actually. But I haven't seen its music video.
Aaanyway, I really like this picture. Great linework, is this done digitally with your Wacom? I find drawing with my Wacom pen is like I'm wearing gloves... how did you get the strokes so fine? Is it some kind of brush (in which case, do you have a link?) or did you callibrate your tablet (in which case, how did you do it?). I'd love to achieve something of that level of fine linework, it really looks like comic book linework and I'm sick of drawing in pencil, scanning, and then just colouring between the lines.
Great pose, I love how Linguini is cradling Nolan and is looking pensive, and Nolan's first is curled in a typical 'baby pose'.
As a whole, it's one of your best pieces because it looks so clean and professional. My only qualm is more of a personal nature, because I don't really like these sort of melodramatic pieces which wanna tug at your heartstrings. I mean, sometimes heartbreak is good, and yours is a very subtle one (if you had made Linguini in tears or something, that would be over-the-top). Just that I reeaaally wish you'd try something more light-hearted now.
Though, again, no pressure. You're kind of like Picasso when he goes through his 'mood phases', so if you're drawing melodramatic pics now and are good at it, keep at it! I think this piece is a triumph, even if it's Linguini and Nolan's darkest hour.
This has been sitting in my inbox for quite a while now, and I'm genuinely sorry I haven't replied sooner! D:
To answer your questions very briefly: I didn't really do anything special to my tablet to make the lines look like this. I just used a regular brush set at about 4-6px, and the opacity and flow within the ranges of 50%-60%. I sketched it in roughly first, and then went over my lines and fixed things as I laid down the final line art. After I was done that, I locked the layer so that I could paint over the lines that were there without it 'bleeding over' (I don't know how else to explain it ), and darkened all of the lines with black ink set at 100% opacity, to give it that bold, crisp 'comic book lineart' look. (:
I really can't apologize for what I draw, though, or change what bubbles up inside of me and ends up in my sketchbook or on digital paper. I just draw what comes out of my heart and gut and most of the time, it's these really moving pieces because that's the stuff that moves me. I understand where you're coming from, but oftentimes I think these darker sort of pieces simply come out of this subconscious uneasiness that I've been dealing with for the past several years; uncertainty and fear and all that have built up inside of me for a long time, and perhaps when I draw, it's simply a release of some of those bottled up emotions. That's really the only way I can explain it.
Thank you for taking the time to comment so thoroughly, though. I'm extremely sorry for my late reply!