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fan art friday: jane + daria

September 11, 2015 by Sharon | 0 comments

I’m barely getting this posted on a Friday, but it makes 4 weeks in a row of fan art. So let’s celebrate the small successes. :)

Here we have Jane Lane and Daria Morgendorffer from the 90’s cartoon Daria. The challenge was to translate the very simple cartoon version of the characters into my more realistic style. I quite like how they came out. This would look so much better colored, which I am currently working. However, I did not get it finished in time for today’s post. So stay tuned for that.

Have a great weekend!

fan art friday: gambit + rogue [x-men]

August 28, 2015 by Sharon | 0 comments

I was a big fan of the X-Men cartoon series back in the day. So it was with warm nostalgia that I decided to draw this pair in my current style. After my first unsuccessful attempt at drawing 90s Gambit and Rogue, I chose to start fresh. It ended up being more of a mid-century style of the characters, but I like it a lot. Especially Remy’s face. And hair. Who am I kidding? I love everything about how he turned out. (I am notoriously and vocally up front about my deficiency in drawing the male form.) The drawing process was broadcast live via Periscope.

The initial sketch was done in blue pencil. Then I went straight to inks with Staedtler pens. Then I scanned the drawing and colored it using Photoshop. You can view more photos of my progress at my Instagram (sharon82).

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If you have a suggestion for characters you would like to see me draw, please leave me a comment.

Have a great weekend!

fan art friday: raven, skye, & ariel

August 21, 2015 by Sharon | 0 comments

Hello, y’all. Happy Friday!

I recently started using the live streaming app Periscope (@artgyrl), and it’s been a lot of fun. Being able to watch some of my favorite artist as they draw has been most inspiring. And I’ve also been introduced to some new artists. Hosting my own live drawing sessions has helped me improve my drawing skills.

I really wanted to draw more standalone characters, so this was a good exercise for that. I also acquired some new art supplies to help improve both my drawings and the quality of my streams. I purchased a 6-pack of Staedtler Pigment Liners, and I’m in love. They are a little more expensive than Sakura Pigma Microns (which I’ve been using since college), but the quality is noticeably better. The Staedtler tip seems to be more firm and the ink flows more smoothly as I’m longer lines. So if you have the extra cash, I’d definitely recommend getting the latter.

raven reyes“The Engineer” | Raven Reyes | The 100

One of my tumblr followers suggested that I draw her.

quake

Daisy Johnson/Skye/Quake | Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

Another request from tumblr. This was drawn with a Uni Kuru Toga mechanical pencil with both regular and blue lead and inked with the Sakura Pigma Microns. Notice the roucher lines. I think I drew this on acid-free card stock, so that could have also contributed to the line quality.

ariel

“part of your world” | Ariel | The Little Mermaid

I hadn’t planned on drawing this. I had logged in to Periscope, at a loss of what to draw, so I asked my followers for suggestions. I’d never drawn Ariel before, so I thought it would be an interesting challenge. This was drawn completely in blue pencil on Strathmore 300 Series Bristol paper and inked with the Staedtler Pigment Liners. The lines are much smoother.

flaunt your fangirl – pixel & print commission

December 3, 2014 by Sharon | 0 comments

A few months ago I was commission by Lauren of doodlebug design (the most adorable hand-carved stamps ever) to create some characters for Pixel & Print, the 3D-printing company that she runs with her husband Daniel.

Lauren designs the jewelry part of of the brand, which features pop-culture inspired earrings. She wanted illustrations that would reflect and appeal to the fangirls toward whom their products were geared. She specifically wanted girls in costumes (cosplay), and we discussed the characters that she had in mind. Once that was settled, I pretty much had free reign in what to create. So it was a lot of fun coming up with these images.

Everything was drawn out in pencil and then inked traditionally with Sakura Pigma Micron Pens and India ink. Then I scanned in the finished drawing and colored it digitally using Adobe Photoshop.

digital illustration of girl cosplaying as leia organa

digital illustration of girl cosplaying as a star trek officer

digital illustration of girl cosplaying as batgirl

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Hello, March.

March 11, 2014 by Sharon | 0 comments

Finally an update.

I had grand plans for awesome new content and features, beginning the month of February. As you can see, we’re halfway through March (where does the year go?), and that has yet to occur. There’s still time, though, and it’s always good to have goals to keep me moving forward.

Today I’m doing the hipster thing, wearing a truly vintage shirt. It belonged to my dad and it’s from the 1982 Fiesta Run in Pensacola, FL. Back then, he was into jogging (before it was cool, to hear him tell it), so I guess the apple hasn’t fallen far.

On top of that, I’m blogging from a cafe. It was needed though. Since my niece was born, it’s been difficult to get a quiet moment to focus on things. I easily get distracted with being ask to hold her and/or watch her while someone goes and does something or the other.

And she indeed needs to be watched, because that baby is quite precocious and love to “explore” her surroundings.

So…about the plans for my blog. Hopefully, within the next week, I will start posting Featured Artist Interviews. Over the past year-and-a-half, I’ve met many amazing artists, and I’m eager to share their worth with you.

I also plan on doing a Throwback Thursday: Art Edition. I started doing this on my Instagram, occasionally posting images of old art, especially when I didn’t have an old photo available. I might do this in conjunction with a version of the Draw This Again Meme, in which you take a piece of old art and redraw it, making use of your current and improved artistic skills.

As always, I will keep posting art. Here’s a Rule 63 Robin Hood that I did for @sketch_dailies.

robin hood

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