Monday, 20 February 2017
I promise these are the last ones! One of my favourite things about the design of the Diamonds is how huge they are, so I included their Pearls for scale (a Pearl is the size of a normal human). With these I think I got the desire to draw lovingly rendered portraits of alien autocrats out of my system, so if you're not a fan it's okay, it's over now!
Here are some more of the Diamonds I warned you about! I'm usually a bit lukewarm on Steven Universe, but I find the Diamonds really interesting because of the single-minded fear and/or devotion they inspire in the other gems. The newest episodes gave them a lot of screen time so I started all these portraits in a fit of enthusiasm. (Including two of Blue Diamond because her character design changes so drastically depending on whether her hood is up or down.)
Thinking of single-minded devotion, I love Yellow Diamond's Pearl. There is just nothing she would rather do than serve Yellow Diamond, she's so proud to be her Pearl. I love her smug expression.
Tuesday, 14 February 2017
I don't often do any mixed media, so these were a fun experiment, prompted by a realisation that doing a space background in coloured pencil would take more time than I was willing to invest in Steven Universe fanart. They're not very mixed, since they're only watercolour paint and watercolour pencil, but I'm pleased with them in any case.
I have several more pictures of Blue and Yellow Diamond half-finished, just so you're forewarned.
Here's something silly I drew around the 5th of January this year! I was rather put off the UK small press a couple of years ago and hadn't really drawn a comic since, so when I suddenly felt like drawing one I dropped everything and bashed it out in a few hours. It's about one-sided competitiveness.
Some of those few hours were spent working out how to draw Markiplier, so I inked the best practice faces as well. I hope you will all continue to respect me as a serious adult now that I've revealed that I watch Let's Plays.
Monday, 31 October 2016
Here's the last picture for this year's Inktober, celebrating Hallowe'en as usual!
This year Tabitha has a very important job. On All Hallows Eve the coven sends a witch to the entrance of the local graveyards and forests, to safely escort anyone not wearing a mask while the spirits roam free. Always wear a mask on Hallowe'en to protect yourself from malicious spirits!
Happy Hallowe'en everyone!
Part 1, Part 2, Part 3
Part 3 of Inktober! I continued to struggle to find time to do these, but I'm happy with most of them anyway.
Day 21 - mapping pen : Autumn is a good season for fairy-spotting. I was absolutely exhausted when I drew this so I'm surprised it turned out okay!
Day 22 - G-pen and grey pen : I suspected my G-pen was misbehaving so I drew something simple to test it, I'm still not sure if something's wrong with it or not.
Day 23 - brush pen : I don't have a good bead on what Trispin's glamour makes him look like, possibly just cleaner? I was so pleased with the sketch for this that I think it was very brave of me to ink it with my brush pen, probably the pen with which I need most improvement. Inktober is supposed to be a way to get better at using ink after all!
Day 24 - G-pen : I had a long day and felt like drawing something cute.
Day 25 - ink and water : The Crow Boy has lots of friends.
Day 26 - mapping pen : I already drew Ely with her glamour on, so here she is without it. She's just as disgusting as Trispin.
Day 27 - brush inking and ink wash : I've never drawn the Crow Boy dolly-style before. It doesn't really suit him, which presents a problem because it does suit Lottie but they come from the same place so they have to be drawn in the same way. Hmmm.
Day 28 - brush pen : Spider is, on the surface at least, a very laid-back telepath.
Day 29 - cartridge pen : Spider is taking precautions with the tea tray, but Nettle won't drop those. I usually ink my dolly pictures with my G-pen, so I had a go with my cartridge pen instead. I think it looks pretty good.
Day 30 - G-pen : Just enough time left for Lena to show off another divination technique!
Part 1, Part 2, Hallowe'en
Saturday, 22 October 2016
Here's the second batch of Inktober pictures for this year! I'm still finding it a bit harder this year than I did last year because my schedule has become very irregular, some days I barely have any time to draw anything (more than one of these was finished on a moving train), but I'm determined to keep going!
Day 11 - cartridge pen : Lena insists the fortune-telling works better if you use Nan's good tea set.
Day 12 - gel pen : The Crow Boy doesn't mean to be creepy, but he usually is anyway.
Day 13 - brush pen and coloured ink : I was out with a friend and she said "draw Poppet with a pumpkin", so here we are!
Day 14 - g-pen : Lena would probably have a whole wardrobe of dresses like that if she had the money.
Day 15 - gel pen : Tempting with fruit isn't the only way for a changeling to entrap unsuspecting humans. (Ely is also wearing her glamour like a sensible fairy.)
Day 16 - ink and water : Lena is able to use all sorts of tools for divination. She can get much the same results by scrying in a bowl of water, but a crystal ball looks spookier.
Day 17 - g-pen and grey pen : The Mirror Twins have an endless supply of creepy artifacts somewhere. That's probably some variant of a Hand of Glory, but let's not ask where they got it.
Day 18 - brush pen : I made a mistake with this one! I sketched it in the morning and did a first pass in mapping pen, then realised I wouldn't have time to cross-hatch it before work and also couldn't get away with bringing wet media to the library counter, so I had to re-do it in brush pen. Spider matches Nettle on day 4 now though, which is nice.
Day 19 - ink and water : Things look very different when Lucas looks through his bad eye. This is one of the ones inked on a moving train, I was at work from 10am to 9pm and I was determined I was NOT going to keep working on this at home when I really wanted to go to bed!
Day 20 - g-pen and markers : A companion piece for day 6. Child psychics can be a danger to themselves as well as others.
Part 1, Part 3, Hallowe'en