How does Illustrator Peter Dennis design a beautifully-crafted rank of paper soldiers, like these?
Find out below in his step-by-step guide.
Step One: I draw the strips at 200% size onto pre-printed ‘cells’ (an animation term I’ve adopted), on tracing paper. 56mm to eye-level gives me a 28mm final figure.
Pencil first. I’m going for a Celtic charge pose for the unit. Pictured left are some of the Britons for the Roman invasion book out next spring.
Step Two: I complete the pencil then start drawing with a Staedtler pen.
The drawing line can’t be too fine as the reduction is large.
Step Three: I score and fold the cell, making sure that it lines up.
I use a .3 pen to trace the outline, then start to work on the back view in pencil.
When I’m happy with that I complete the drawing in pen.
Step Four: Then the cells are reduced to 100% and glued down onto the page artwork sheet.
I like to use the 19th century method of working out of respect for my imagerie D’ Epinal forbears.
That, and me not having any fancy software…
Step Five: The artwork sheets are then painted at printed size.
On an illustration, I would work at 150% of the printed size.
However, I want these to look like well-painted 28mm flats.
Doing it this way, I am in better control of the final look.
The final finished work looks a bit like this:
Now, it’s over to you. Purchase Battle for Britain. Wargame the English Civil Wars 1621-1651, and follow my YouTube guide to creating your own ‘paperboys’!