At the end of August, I ordered a set of Copic markers from Japan. They were on back-order practically everywhere. They are scheduled to come in this week, but I’ve been eager to try them. So I went to Michael’s and bought 4 shades of warm gray markers to tide me over. Last night, I finally colored with them, deciding to use them on this drawing of Rey from Star Wars: The Force Awakens that I completed a few weeks ago.
There was a point in time where I thought I’d never really have a use for copic markers. However, after watching artists such as Mahmud Asrar work with them on their Periscope stream, I got to see how I could use the markers to enhance my own art. It’s much less messy than applying ink washes and the blending quality is amazing. I am really pleased with the result, the biggest achievement being that there is a background. :)
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.
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.
The purpose of this meme is to encourage younger artists to continue to improve. But it can also work for older folks like me. ;)
To be honest, I never thought about giving up on art. Doing art was something that was just a part of my life, and my parents encouraged my talent, never discouraged it. But it wasn’t until I got to my junior year of high school, when I was considering what career path to pursue in college, that I had to make the decision on whether or not to pursue art as an actual profession.
So drawing has never really been a chore for me. However, as I progressed in developing my artistic talent, there were many moments of frustration, of things not turning out exactly as I pictured, and that’s still something with which a struggle to this day.
August 1996—Spring 1997: I was about 14 years old when I got “serious” about my art. The piece on the right is something I drew of my characters Adriana and Amber, referencing the poses from catalogs. Sometime between then and the next year, I discovered art on the internet and I began reading comic books. This led to me to learn how to stylize my art.
After high school, I went to college, earned a BFA in Graphic Design with a minor in Photography. I had to take a butt-load of art and art history classes. I didn’t take any illustration classes, but I did take figure drawing (LOVED IT) and perceptual drawing classes.
So, if when people ask me if I have formal art training, the answer is “yes,” but I was drawing long before that. Drawing is a talent, but it’s also a skill that needs to be developed and cultivated. The only way to get better at it is to do it.
Let me try to be better and post more frequently than every 3 months. There was that awesome moment when my art was featured in the demo reel by Pemberley Digital submitted for consideration of the Primetime Emmy Awards. The … Continue reading →
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.