Yeah, that’s what today is. Apparently the Romans had this whole system for naming the point they were in the month. Pretty interesting stuff.
Incidentally, this is my first post of 2016. A few things have been going on behind the scenes here at artgyrl, and I’ve just failed to update my blog here. I’ve been pushing my Patreon more, uploading more exclusive art there. I finally got going with developing and drawing my comic. Recent updates will be posted exclusively to Patreon first and then here. So consider subscribing if you would like to get a first look at my new content. I won’t bore you with all the details here, so click the link for more info. :)
Some sketches of Robyn and Marian, the main characters of my comic. I drew it in a handmade sketchbook, so I’m not sure of the paper, probably about 80lb, colored with Copic and Spectrum Noir markers, outlined with Staedtler Pigment Liners, and highlights with a Uni-ball gel pen.
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. :)
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.
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).