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The Yorkshire Cowboy and Tea by AaronSmurfMurphy The Yorkshire Cowboy and Tea by AaronSmurfMurphy
Drawn as a piece for The Tea Box, an collaborative project that draws types of as personified characters. Yes, I cheated and drew the Yourkshire Cowboy. Below is the blurb I wrote for the book:

I'm not really wired for character creation so it's probably better if I explain my working process

First off I got a mate to take a few reference photo's of me in an overcoat and hat and did some rough traces off some print outs of the photo's. I then photocopied those traces up to A3 so I could work at a page size I'd be comfortable with.

The whole thing was drawn on a sheet of paper stretched over a board with gumtape so I could paint the background with boiled off tea bags and not warp the paper beyond recognition.

I smothered the back of my A3 photocopy in graphite and stuck it to my stretched sheet before redrawing over the line work like a reverse relief.

Everything was drawn out with blue line lead which for a colour piece may not have been the best idea. Once it was all drawn out and tea bagged stained I cut the sheet free from the board and began the colouring process.

Finally I did the final line art with a mechanical pencil so it gave the whole thing a slightly faded look.

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tea-bug Featured By Owner May 16, 2014
Adore the shading on this!
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AaronSmurfMurphy Featured By Owner May 30, 2014
Thank you so much man, I tried really hard to make a limited colour pallet work.
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crazyfoxmachine Featured By Owner May 12, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Utterly brilliant :D What an amazing background colour you've teachieved ! 
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AaronSmurfMurphy Featured By Owner May 30, 2014
The printed version actually looks even nicer, it's a really rich ochre tone.
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spektijim Featured By Owner May 12, 2014
Fantastic work old friend :) Really impressed with how this progressed, and loving the colour job :)
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AaronSmurfMurphy Featured By Owner May 30, 2014
Ah cheers & lovely Jim, glad to have you on my watchlist as last too!
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