From sketch to fi­nal cre­ation

Pass the ham­mer… Manuel Cas­tañón re­veals how he came up with the idea of a diminu­tive den­tist, and his per­spec­tive and colour ap­proach

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Manuel Cas­tañón re­veals how he came up with the idea of a diminu­tive den­tist.

The idea for this im­age came to me dur­ing a visit to the den­tist. As I was ly­ing there anaes­thetised while she was drilling one of my cav­i­ties, I won­dered about how trolls, orcs and other fan­tasy crea­tures would main­tain their teeth in a pre­mium chomp­ing state.

So the idea of a gob­lin work­ing as a den­tist came to mind, and since I was do­ing daily sketches dur­ing the month of Jan­uary, I de­cided to make this scene my next sketch. I liked the idea a lot – it’s some­thing I hadn’t seen be­fore, and it in­tro­duced many quirky and fun ele­ments. For ex­am­ple, the thought that the pro­ce­dure posed more dan­ger to the den­tist than the pa­tient, in case the lat­ter be­came en­raged by the pain. Af­ter all, I can’t imag­ine gob­lins are very fa­mil­iar with anaes­thet­ics.

The sketch was well re­ceived, but I felt it had the po­ten­tial to be de­vel­oped into a fin­ished im­age, so I made some thumb­nails, and chose an­other pose and an­gle, while fill­ing the back­ground with other pa­tients wait­ing to be seen.

I felt this im­age ad­dressed many ele­ments that are some­times lack­ing in my work, such as in­ter­ac­tion be­tween char­ac­ters, sto­ry­telling and an in­ter­est­ing com­po­si­tion.

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