Traversing the Pine Haunt began like most of my work with an itsy bitsy sketch.
I blow this sketch up to the size I want to work with and transfer the loose lines and build my underdrawing
With the details fleshed out in pencil I begin to add value using layers of powdered charcoal and carbon pencil.
I slowly build up the values and try to get as much texture and little details - especially in the darkest areas.
Once the drawing is complete - I scan it and make minor adjustments. I then add color using many transparent layers to achieve the desired effect. I do a final pass of thin white strokes to make the detail/focus areas pop.