I included some detail images, these still are less than half the resolution of the original:
Finished the Sons of Anarchy / detail sketch. Definitely has detail. At this point, at least in the sketch, it's barely even recognizable as my style. I'll need to take care in the execution of the final illustration to make sure that my style comes through, but the linework and especially textures should help.
While I think that approach had it's place and still does, I began to wonder if I'd taken it a bit too far. On more recent illustrations I have drawn a lot more detail than I would have before. My previous post of the stock illustration piece is a good example, especially in the foreground figure, and I think it's a stronger piece because of the added detail.
So to explore the concept of adding more detail to my drawing style, I decided to work on a piece that pushed detail almost too far. I've been re-watching the first few seasons of the excellent FX series "Sons of Anarchy" on Netflix lately and the ensemble cast seemed like an ideal subject matter for pushing detail to the maximum. The cutoff motorcycle jackets with multiple patches, intricately carved wooden meeting table and character likenesses present the perfect challenge. Here's the first Sketch: