I needed to do another concept piece to convey to others what Von Herling, Vampire Hunter would look like. So based on the sketches I did of August Von Herling and Vlad Magnus, I decided to put together a piece to show what my work would ultimately look like.
This is the final pencil art done on 7×10 inch hot-press watercolor paper. From here on, I would apply diluted paint.
I used black acrylic paint, diluted it with plenty of water, and used it like watercolor. When diluted, black paints can look more gray. That was the effect I wanted.
This is how the work looked once I blocked in the gray paints. By diluting the paint with more water, I gave it a lighter gray look – not unlike a Japanese ink painting. Once this dried, black India ink was put in with red ink for Vlad Magnus’s eyes.
The finished product turned out much better than I thought it would. Here, we have Von Herling holding Vlad at bay with a cross. Vlad was deliberately drawn to be more Expressionist and more scary than he will appear in the final comic I do.