Friday, March 25, 2011

Wednesday, March 23, 2011


Random elfy elf:

This has been one of the more productive months I've had.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Monday, March 21, 2011

Pub Sketches

Sketches from last week's pub visit:

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Female Profiles

Practicing profiles.

Friday, March 18, 2011

The Patrol

Ballpoint pen sketch:

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Rose Lady

Scanning great heaps of sketches in today. Weird rose lady from a meeting:

Tuesday, March 15, 2011


Well, I've always claimed my coworkers are a pack of mushrooms and now I get a chance to show it:

For CHOW 237, Fantasy Modern.

Monday, March 14, 2011

Snowmancer Final

This is doing really badly over at CHOW right now but looking at it again in the clear light of day it doesn't look so terrible.

I was really depressed about it yesterday but apart from the foreground not matching the background (which was a last-minute hack) and the pose being static and a bit fucked up, it doesn't look so bad. I was planning to do one "standing around" pose to show off the costume and a little illo to show the guy in action but I ran out of time and had to throw the monster in the background, which didn't work so well. I was aiming for a watercolour-ish look to the guy which I think I achieved and the texture on the monster looks okay. It's just too bad that everything didn't come together. Also, nobody appreciates a really good set of wizard clothes. Nobody. :P

I was also looking back at my abandoned graphic novel in progress and you know what? I did a good job on some of those pages. I even made myself laugh a few times. I should get back into it. I wasn't a terrible comic artist, only lazy and prone to depression. I'm going to finish that fucker up this next year. Because Lord knows I can't get anybody excited about my illustration and there's at least a chance I can support myself doing comics. :P

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Snowmancer Rough 3

I did a better sketch of my design and decided I wanted to try inking it traditionally. Now that I've moved my drawing board into the new office it was fairly easy to set it up for inking again. Apparently I missed the crow quills! I enjoyed working with them again. But man -- I have to do something to solve my tilt problems when doing traditional work. I may have to start sketching on tracing paper.

I also tried the transfer technique where you cover the back of your sketch in graphite and then trace it on top of a sheet of Bristol for the first time. I was like "It worked! It worked!" and called my husband up to look. He said "Huh. You know, I have actual carbon paper. Quite a lot of it." That was a bit funny. I guess I could have saved myself some trouble but at least I have found a use for my black col-erase pencil.

Anyway. I thought I'd try to do something bluefooted-ish with the colour and texture so I spent some time looking at her dA gallery yesterday. And of course right after I post this rough the next person who posts is bluefooted herself. I'm like "Shit! My textures are going to look like crap beside hers!" but it was so funny. But I think I'll just continue with my plan, my stuff ends up looking more like itself than anyone else's stuff anyway.

Friday, March 11, 2011


Meeting sketch.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

CHOW Snowmancer Rough 2

Workin' on the Snowmancer. Not sure about how he's rendering up. I liked the sketch better.

Wednesday, March 09, 2011

CHOW Snowmancer Rough 1

A design for a wizard who controls creatures made of snow.

Saturday, March 05, 2011


Painting practice with the new tablet:

From this pic by dazzle-textures.