I recently made a card for my boss Al’s birthday in which I drew a poor man’s Bugs Bunny. I had such a good time doing it that I figured I would explore the realms of bunny art further. Perhaps mine its depths of bunny treasure and leave a slurry of badly drawn rabbits in my wake. The result is this lyrics card for Cocco’s Raining. I decided to illustrate the part of the song where she sings, “with my hair gone, next I tried cutting my arms. I cut until I couldn’t cut any more. Feeling the warmth, I danced with bloodied arms.”
I started with a pen drawing (Bic!) I scanned it into the computer and opened it in Photoshop.
Next I began painting it using a graphics tab and wet media brushes of varying opacity. 40% was my go to number.
Following that I did the shading and detail, by using the same color and adding a second layer of paint.
Then I added blood. At first I had a lot of it swirling all around her but it was indelicate and took away from the prettiness so I settled for one wide arc. Perhaps if I had the patience for more fine lines I might consider the original idea.
Finally, I added the lyrics with anything blood related in red and I did a kind of paper sliding door thing with the background. Almost as if our bunny girl is dancing away from the bright sun in that moment and into the darkness.