Here is my finished Flightless Sea Roo. And below are my steps to create it as well as the community submissions.
I told the viewers that they could use any combination of the inspiration prompts––they could make their version as cute and cuddly as a pocket pet stray kitten, as monstrous and deadly as a giant kaiju destroying cities, or anything in between. I also wanted this to be an excuse to get their pencils moving. I invited all skill levels, because I'm a firm believer that you shouldn't have to be good at something or pursuing mastery of it to just simply enjoy the act of it...and art is no exception.
After I was happy enough with my above design, I printed that piece out on copy paper and taped it to the back of a sheet of Strathmore 300 series bristol. Using a lightpad, I was able to see through the surface of the bristol as I inked the Flightless Sea Roo. I used a Copic Multiliner 0.7 SP pen to ink the art. Most of the work was in trying to keep the subtlety of the pencils--including the face, soft short fur, and slight tonal shifts.
For these Draw The Extinct pieces I have a template with background and border already established, so it makes some of this color prep work all the easier. I then signed off of Twitch and wished everyone good luck with their pieces.. .
And over the weekend, I used the dodge and burn tools (with a stock photoshop texture brush) to render the piece. Below you can again see the final rendered colors with a border and type applied in this final version.
But, as this is a community event, I wanted to share all the other entries posted in the Discord. I awarded a prize and we voted together on a few more (prize winners marked with *) on Monday's Twitch stream and we all enjoyed seeing what each other had done. I hope we get even more participants next month (First Friday!)