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fan art friday: gamora + fitz | fitzsimmons + tea | hipster!fitzsimmons

September 25, 2015 by Sharon | 0 comments

The idea for this piece was presented to me as a commission request. The patron wanted Gamora and Fitz “being friendly.” As you can see, this is a very broad prompt, and they were open to whatever I interpreted it to mean.

My first idea was to have Fitz showing Gamora some custom piece of tech. I spent about an hour drawing that, but I didn’t like where the drawing was headed. The composition was too staid, and I felt that the two characters weren’t interacting enough.

Plan B involved drawing Gamora wearing that white and black space suit that I had seen in several reference images that came up when I googled her. I really liked the detail in that outfit. And people are fans of Fitz in tactical gear, so I thought that would be fun to drawn and created an interesting dynamic to play with.

Now let’s rewind to a few months ago. I received a commission to draw Fitz & Simmons drinking tea, and the patron requested them posed in a very specific way and even provided an adequate reference photo. I don’t mind at all if the person has a very specific thing in mind. In many ways, that makes my job easier. Generally, if they’re commissioning me, they know what kind of work I produce and what kind of feeling I can get with the characters. So there is already a level of trust established, which helps me not be so hung up on whether I get certain things right.

Finally, we have my favorite Fitzsimmons art that I’ve drawn to date. Allison sent me a prompt asking for hipster!Fitzsimmons. For whatever reason, I was inspired, and after a brief search on Pinterest for a collection of references, something pretty adorable came out.

Oh…and Clark Gregg (yes, Agent Phil Coulson, himself) may have actually retweeted it. XD


So, it’s good that other people seem to like this one, too.

For those interested in the technical details, the pen drawings were drawn in blue pencil and then inked with Staedtler Pigment Liners. The last piece was drawn in a mechanical pencil and then scanned and colored using Photoshop CC.


art | robyn + marian

March 25, 2015 by Sharon | 0 comments

Just a post to show that I’m still alive. My version of Robyn Hoode & Marian with their genders switched. I’d like to do more with them and draw the rest of the characters, like the Sheriff, Little John, Will Scarlett…

This was drawn in pencil and colored using Photshop CC.

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art dump: lbd + oc’s

February 25, 2013 by Sharon | 2 Comments

It’s really sad that I’ve waited this long long to make my first post of the 2013. Better late than never in this case.

If you’ve been following my Facebook page, you may already be aware of the events I am about to recount. I have become a fan of the Lizzie Bennet Diaries. So much so, that I decided to do yet another piece of fan art. I posted it on my tumblr.

Because I like to make myself suffer, I decided to color it. It eventually found its way to being reblogged by Ashley Clements (Lizzie Bennet) and production designer Katie Moest, tweeted by Geek & Sundry, and finally reblogged by Hank Green, producer of The Lizzie Bennet Diaries. I actually thanks Ashley for the love and she tweeted me back. So. Life Achievement Level unlocked.

While I really, truly, absolutely love doing fan art, I am also reminded that I have my own original characters and story that I’d like to get out in some form. So last night I decided to sketch out two of the leads and go ahead and color them, too.

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art: decent enough {darcy + lizzie}

December 7, 2012 by Sharon | 0 comments

I first heard of The Lizzie Bennet Diaries (LBD) about a month ago after I began to see posts about it in my tumblr feed. I was finally drawn to watching it after seeing a particularly sweet gif of Jane Bennet (Lizzie’s older sister) interacting with her boyfriend, Bing Lee.This piece refers to the scene that Lizzie describes where she and Darcy are having the most awkward dance at the wedding. Now, the term “smoking hot” a term that I use rarely, but in reference to Bing Lee’s appearance, it more than justly applies.

But it turns out that apart from the smoking hot guy(s), LBD is a very brilliant web series. In a mere three days, I was I caught up with the 60 episodes that had been posted at the time. Granted, each ep is between 3:30 to 6 minutes long, but there’s so much that happens.

Did I mention that it’s a modern retelling of Pride & Prejudice (which I still have not seen because I’m lame)? And all the characters have twitter accounts, so it’s a truly immersive and interactive viewing experience.

May 6, 2010
by Sharon

WIP: Natalie Nouveau spring/summer

I started coloring this about 2 months ago, and I’m posting it now as a way to sort of shame myself into finally finishing it. Original character . Natalie Nouveau . Photoshop CS2 I’d like to do 2 more pieces … Continue reading