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
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.