Wednesday, 6 February 2019
Lately I've been watching a lot of videos by DrawingWiffWaffles, and felt inspired to try some of the challenges/exercises she does. Maybe I'm starting to miss art school?
Anyway, here is Shasta drawn entirely in ball-point pen! We were encouraged to draw in pen a lot by our tutors because it makes you more aware of your line choices and less precious about each individual sketch, so this was very nostalgic. It is also a genuinely good exercise, much as I found it stressful in art school I would really recommend drawing in pen to anyone who wants to improve their sketches.
Fun fact: I never write with biros so I had to buy a cheap one from work specially for this piece.
Friday, 11 January 2019
Here's the final set of eyes from the 'eyeball sketchbook', it's the Diamonds from Steven Universe, of course. The Diamond Authority is still my favourite part of that cartoon, so I'm happy to finally have a canon character design for all four.
I will admit to being slightly disappointed that White Diamond wasn't a point cut, since it would have been neat if their cut of gem got more modern and refined, but also smaller, as you went down, but oh well.
The previous sets from this sketchbooks were horror deformations, some sci-fi characters, and some fantasy characters.
Wednesday, 9 January 2019
I realised I had just enough pages left in what has become my 'eyeball sketchbook' to do two more sets of four eyes, so here's four fantasy characters for one of them. An angel, a demon and two fairies.
Previous sets include some horrible eye deformations, and four sci-fi characters.
Saturday, 10 November 2018
A coworker from the library commissioned me to do a drawing of her family from a photograph, and this is the end result! Her son is very cute.
I don't think I ever posted them here before, but this is a bit like the baby portraits in that it's something I don't really advertise, but seem to get asked for a lot anyway. I've even been hired to do them at a wedding, and to this day I have no idea how the client knew that was something I could do.
Thursday, 1 November 2018
Happy Hallowe’en! The Mirror Twins are looking for some new friends, if you’d like to join them.
No Tabitha this year! I had so many Tabitha pictures that I recently made them into a set of postcards, so I thought it was time to try something different. I don’t think I’ve ever tried ink wash over hatching like this before, so maybe this will be my next Hallowe’en tradition?
Among the places you may find Isaac: mausoleums.
This one was more of a test to show Isaac’s wing shadows bending around a wall, so it’s a bit messy. I might try to work it up into a full painting some other time.
As Hallowe’en approaches it gets harder for Leilus to hide his unnatural features, but in this age of contacts, acrylics and prosthetic makeup he can still hide in plain sight if he chooses his outings carefully.
This was originally going to have spot colour, but I ended up having to do it at work where I didn’t have any of my coloured pens, so it became a game of ‘how much flat black can I put on this before it becomes an unreadable mess’. The answer was 'quite a lot'!
You can tell I was at MCM this weekend because all the pictures become extremely simple.
Augury is the practice of divining the future from the flight of birds.
I have still been doing these, I’ve just been away from my scanner again! I don’t think I’ve ever been this busy during Inktober, I can count on one hand the number of full days off I’ve had this month. I’ve had to scrap some really nice ideas because I just didn’t have enough time to get them done.
I felt too sick to come up with an interesting composition so I went for broke on the hair. On the plus side, I haven't been happy with how I draw Nat's hair for years and I'm really pleased with it in this one, so I've made progress!
Wednesday, 24 October 2018
I think I have one more character I can draw for this set, as long as I can think of another way to ink her.
May-Lee has spent so long being told to do painful or uncomfortable things, she no longer thinks to stop herself getting wet or cold.
I had a long day at work, so I’m adding another one to my ‘oops I drew another girl looking straight ahead’ set. I wonder how many of these I can do before I run out of appropriate characters or different ways of inking?
The Crow Boy appears in dark corners, by means best known to himself.
I had the idea for this one days ago, but I didn't have enough time to draw it until now. I think it took about 4 hours from start to finish, which I'm quite pleased with considering all the layers of cross-hatching.