~ Sousuke carries Kaname to the hospital ~

This drawing is based on a scene, mentioned in past tense, in Chapter 7 of dave-d's story Higher Education.   Kaname was shot by a terrorist while trying to pull Sousuke out of harms way.  She later wakes up in the hospital, with Mao standing guard over her while Sousuke's away giving a briefing.

"Sousuke carried you all of the way here in his arms, even though he was injured himself.  He wouldn’t let anyone else handle you.  He sat with you through the night, even though he kept falling asleep. "

Clicking on the picture should take you to the 2X size version.
 


The process for this picture was pretty much the same as the first....
 
 
Original sketch.  Since the top frame and the main frame were such complicated forms to draw I decided to leave adding their clothes until I'd gotten their basic form correct and onto manga paper.  Before I got to the next step however I read Chapter 11, where dave-d wrote "For the first time he could remember, tears fell from his eyes too."  .... aww.... It's a wonderfully sweet scene which I want to illustrate as well, however!  it also had the effect of torpedoing all my fanciful dreams of Sousuke crying while he carried Kaname to the hospital.  C'est la Vie....
Redrawn onto manga paper.  I traced the basic outline of Sousuke and Kaname for the main frame and redrew the other two.  Added clothes to both of them and tried my best to get the folds right.  I also changed Sousuke's facial expression from a more simple frown to gritting his teeth on the suggestion of a forum menber.  They were quite right, I think it adds an intensity to his expression that was absent before, and at the same time is not an expression foreign to Sousuke's character.  The background of the main frame is 1-point perspective, with the vanishing point on Sousuke's chin.  This serves to focus attention on Sousuke's head, not that it needs it, but it's a cool effect.
Inked in.  I left off adding any blood effects until I had scanned it into Photoshop.  I'm not very good at rendering blood, and even in the finished piece I think I need to add more actually, the blood kind of blends in with the shadows and patterns.  practice.... practice.....
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