Trail Running Illustration

When our instructor for my drawing class told us we could do whatever we wanted for our final illustration for my drawing class, I looked for a cool picture of a trail runner, since I’ve always wished I could run on the trails.

I went through our usual process of drawing a thumbnail, a rough sketch, and figuring out the composition, lighting, and perspective. I wasn’t sure what media I wanted to illustrate this image, so I practiced a few techniques, from pen and ink with a wash to watercolor to acrylic.

Since I have more experience and confidence with watercolor than the other media, I decided to use my watercolor crayons, along with watercolor in tubes and pencils to get the effects and details I wanted. It was a lot of work to get the right perspective, lighting and shading. I really love how this turned out (final is 12 inches by 18 inches) because it feels like just my style, so I’m excited to share it with you.

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