OGRE ALE II from Scott Story’s Drawing Board


Hello, my name is Scott A. Story, midwestern author, and artist, and it’s time to pick up the ogre I began drawing in the last blog post. In case you wondered why this project is called “Ogre Ale,” it’s because this was the intended end product:


I’m roughing in all the details at this stage, such as fingers, facial features, knees, etc. My ogre is beginning to take form! I lightly erase unneeded pencils lines as I go, ghosting them out with a kneaded eraser. Some artists don’t bother, and that’s fine, but I want to avoid creating a big mess. Messes will happen anyway, but I prefer to keep it relatively clean.

As you may have noticed, the ogre’s left hand slightly overlaps his left leg. This is fine because overlapping features can serve as a depth cue, informing viewers that some elements of the picture are closer than others, and others recede into the background. It’s that illusion of motion and depth I’m targeting. It’s helpful that our minds are wired up like this, able to perceive three dimensions in a two-dimensional form. I remember walking into a comic store years ago, and at first glance, I thought a life-sized photographic cutout was a real person, at least for an instant. It was a good lesson for a young artist to learn.


My ogre may be super obese, but there is a serious layer of muscle under all that flab! It’s interesting to note that real brute force comes from what we might call stocky people, not weight lifters. Weight lifters are physically somewhat strong, but their focus is on looking good, not raw strength.

At this stage, I sketch in all the important anatomical details, from prominent muscle groups, fat deposits, indentations, and the bonier joints such as knuckles, elbows, and knees. This is also a good time for me to place features like fingernails, ribs, tusks, and more.

While I work, I’m paying attention to the ogre’s expression, because he is the actor in our little drama, and I am the director (and costumer, lighting artist, and everything else).


Scott Story

Scott describes himself as an author, artist, medievalist, mentor, musician, publisher, introvert, and historian, not necessarily in that order. So far he has published dozens of comics, multiple graphic novels, and prose novels, and he has contributed art to scores of comic publishers and and multiple prose anthologies.