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Tuesday, 3 July 2018

Some Vrega




I'm fairly often guilty of developing characters with important colour schemes and then only drawing them in black and white, so here are some colour pictures of the vrega. There are many minor differences between them and humans, but the only obvious one is their slightly corpse-like purple skin, which you can never see because I never draw them in colour.

Khet and Vekh are showing off minor mutations that are considered to be a blessing from the god of nature, Violet wants to know if those spikes are sharp, and Visuk at the bottom just is not, and never has been, a morning person.

Tuesday, 19 June 2018

Adventures in Spot Colour


I was once told at a portfolio review that I'm 'afraid of colour', which I think was fair (at least at the time). I wonder if that's why I like spot colour so much? I find it really satisfying to do a mostly black and white drawing and then pick out just a couple of details in colour.

These are my two favourite pro heroes from My Hero Academia, Eraser Head and Present Mic. I'm really enjoying the recent surge of anime about western-style superheroes.

Monday, 4 June 2018

Book Wyrm

Another birthday card! This one was for a friend who likes dragons and books. With any luck she also likes puns, since I can't seem to resist writing them on the card when I think of them.

Monday, 28 May 2018

White Horses

Is there still time for one more Mermay picture? This one is another birthday card, for a friend who loves the sea (despite not being able to swim). I really enjoy drawing the 'white horses' on waves.

Monday, 21 May 2018

Beached


A beached mermaid, since it's Mermay.

Should she call attention to herself in the hope that humans will help her back to the sea, or stay quiet for fear they'll put her in a specimen case? With the tide going out, she doesn't have much time to decide.

Monday, 14 May 2018

A Garden Party


This was my little sister's birthday card this year. I almost always draw her a Spring flower fairy, since Spring flowers are one of her favourite things, but this year I was inspired by some strange illustrations of personified flowers from the late 19th century and tried something a little different.

Monday, 29 January 2018

Some Common British Trees


Here's a little side project from the last few days. My pal Sammy Borras has been drawing a new comic (about a monster Riot Grrrl band!) which needs more rural backgrounds than her usual work and she wasn't happy with how she was drawing trees. I think the trick is to know what type of tree you're trying to draw so you can give it more distinctive features, but that takes a lot of research if you don't know much about trees to start with.

I'm a great believer in just asking someone who already knows before wasting time and energy starting from scratch, so I made her a cheat sheet showing the major visual features of 8 common British trees. Maybe someone else will find it useful too?