I've been wanting to draw and add Peter Pan to the collection davidkawena.deviantart.com/gal… for a long time now. Obviously he is one of Disney greatest heroes of all time, loved by millions around the world. But he is also a very young boy, just entering his teens, that was a kind of problem for me, the age issue...
I was going through some serious brain-storming sessions, trying to come up with a the right pose. That took like 5 deleted rough versions of this one! But that wasn't all, one the right pose was chosen, then I had to figure out how to create the right balance in the visual in order to avoid an un-tasteful portrait of such a young character. Eventually I came up with the result you see above, which I feel is the best one, in still in the same vibe as the rest of the collection. Also adding some punky accessories, giving Peter a more of Never-Grow-Old-Bad-Boy kind of feel, but still showing he's a sweet heart with that smile on his face
Looking at this drawing of mine, and then at portrait of Jim Hawkins from Disney's Treasure Planet, and I see how different they are. The are both almost the same age, young boys, but I was thinking of how I created them in such a different way, attitude, and pose - All thanks to the wonderful characteristics and depth that the people in Disney put into the character they create. Pure brilliance.
Anyway, there you have it, Peter Pan is part of the Disney Heroes Collection!
David Kawena, 2009
In this piece we see fabled youngster and childhood fairytale favorite Peter Pan. We are immediately drawn into the piece by the playful and happy smile upon Peter's face. David adeptly uses texture throughout this piece of artwork. We see that Peter is seated upon a wooden log. David lends this wooden texture to the piece, giving us a sense of realism. The curvy and wavy lines of Peter's hair visible from beneath his cap gives us a glimpse of the texture of Peter's somewhat unkempt and slightly frazzled hair as seen highlighted around the edges. A red feather protrudes from Peter's cap. David textured the feather in such a way that it's small imperfections lend an overall realistic look to it. David also used some interesting value contrasting in this piece. The first that I noticed was the spiked wrist band around Peter's wrist. The contrast of the light and shadows upon the spikes give the pieces a definite metallic quality. The next contrast that I noticed was the necklace of the figure Tinkerbell around Peter's neck. The silhouetted figurine is a stark contrast to the boy's pale skin pigmentation. The overall tone of the piece is, I believe, playful yet happy. This piece evokes childhood memories for me of summers long gone, care-free play, and a sense of everything being right in the world.
There is just something about this artwork that... does something to me! x3