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.
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.