Saturday, 22 October 2016

Inktober 2016 - Part 2

Here's the second batch of Inktober pictures for this year! I'm still finding it a bit harder this year than I did last year because my schedule has become very irregular, some days I barely have any time to draw anything (more than one of these was finished on a moving train), but I'm determined to keep going!

Day 11 - cartridge pen : Lena insists the fortune-telling works better if you use Nan's good tea set.

Day 12 - gel pen : The Crow Boy doesn't mean to be creepy, but he usually is anyway.

Day 13 - brush pen and coloured ink : I was out with a friend and she said "draw Poppet with a pumpkin", so here we are!

Day 14 - g-pen : Lena would probably have a whole wardrobe of dresses like that if she had the money.

Day 15 - gel pen : Tempting with fruit isn't the only way for a changeling to entrap unsuspecting humans. (Ely is also wearing her glamour like a sensible fairy.)

Day 16 - ink and water : Lena is able to use all sorts of tools for divination. She can get much the same results by scrying in a bowl of water, but a crystal ball looks spookier.

Day 17 - g-pen and grey pen : The Mirror Twins have an endless supply of creepy artifacts somewhere. That's probably some variant of a Hand of Glory, but let's not ask where they got it.

Day 18 - brush pen : I made a mistake with this one! I sketched it in the morning and did a first pass in mapping pen, then realised I wouldn't have time to cross-hatch it before work and also couldn't get away with bringing wet media to the library counter, so I had to re-do it in brush pen. Spider matches Nettle on day 4 now though, which is nice.

Day 19 - ink and water : Things look very different when Lucas looks through his bad eye. This is one of the ones inked on a moving train, I was at work from 10am to 9pm and I was determined I was NOT going to keep working on this at home when I really wanted to go to bed!

Day 20 - g-pen and markers : A companion piece for day 6. Child psychics can be a danger to themselves as well as others.

Part 1, Part 3, Hallowe'en

Wednesday, 12 October 2016

Inktober 2016 - Part 1

It's Inktober again! Here are my first 10 pictures from this year. I'm often tired from work so we're a little short on backgrounds so far, maybe I can make up the gap later in the month.

Day 1 - mapping pen : It's still not a good idea to take fruit from fairies, even ones who go to your school.

Day 2 - brush inking and ink wash : Spider's parents didn't do a great job of dealing with his seemingly ever-increasing psychic powers, but in their defence I don't think I'd handle this very well either.

Day 3 - cartridge pen : Vekh, if you keep saying things like "Oh Meruch, you're... so strong" he's going to start refusing to carry you. I made a bad choice of pen for this one, my cartridge pen ink looks very different to my other pens so I have to use it for the whole picture, and it took forever to fill in the black areas with such a fine nib!

Day 4 - brush pen : It's not a good day for Nettle. (This is probably the pen I should have used for the previous one.)

Day 5 - gel pen : Lena is dowsing for a lost object, probably her brother's house keys.

Day 6 - g-pen and markers : Psychics are generally more dangerous as children than as adults.

Day 7 - fineliners and grey pen : Isaac would make a good guardian angel for a goth child who likes things creepy, always assuming he is an angel.

Day 8 - g-pen : It says something about Spider's personality that he can be so happy about bending that one spoon when Nettle is levitating him, herself and probably half the house without even really trying. I think I've drawn a variation of this picture for the last 3 Inktobers in a row, it's probably fine as long as I keep using different pens, right?

Day 9 - ink and water : I've used surprisingly little ink and water so far this year. Louise likes the rain, but I've never tried to get a rain effect in this technique before so I don't know how happy she'll be with that view.

Day 10 - mapping pen : Lottie lives in a cold place, but her adoptive parents buy her lots of fashionable fur-trimmed coats.

Part 2, Part 3, Hallowe'en

Wednesday, 28 September 2016

Pokémon Series: #039 - 040

 It's the balloon pokémon, Jigglypuff and Wigglytuff! These little puffballs are probably most famous for singing, but that's hard to convey in a single still image so I decided to focus in their ability to inflate their bodies and float on the breeze.

I'd never noticed before, but all the pokémon that evolve using a Moon Stone are right next to each other in the pokédex. It's only Vulpix and Ninetales stopping them from being completely consecutive.

Jigglypuff has already been reserved by a dedicated fan of these little puffballs, but Wigglytuff is still for sale in my online shop!

Thursday, 15 September 2016

Pokémon Series: #037 - 038

Here's another two favourites, Vulpix and Ninetales! They gave me a lot of trouble at more or less every stage, but I'm pleased with the finished paintings. I dithered for a long time about whether the flames should be blue or red, red would be more accurate to both the games and the cartoon, but they're clearly based on the Kitsune legend and 'foxfire' of that sort is blue. In the end I couldn't resist the more mystical look of the blue flames.

These ghostly little foxes are available to buy in my online shop!

Monday, 12 September 2016

Pokémon Series: #035 - 036

Here's some rare pokémon, Clefairy and Clefable! They're both the first nocturnal pokémon and the first fairy types I've reached in this challenge. Not that they were 'fairy' types back in gen 1, since it was introduced in... gen 3 I believe. They're normal types in the older games.

I discovered while looking up their traits for the pictures that Clefable can walk on water!

These cute little weirdos are available to buy in my online shop!

Monday, 5 September 2016

Pokémon Series: #032 - 034

Here's the other side of those poisonous bunnies, the male Nidoran line. I remember being torn as a child between the two. On one hand, the female line has my natural loyalty as a girl and they are blue, which I liked a good deal more than pink. On the other hand, the male Nidoran has much bigger, cuter ears and learns Horn Attack. But then again, Nidoking is much uglier than Nidoqueen. Nidorino is fine because he reminds me of a prehistoric hoofed predator. It's a dilemma.

The original miniatures are up for sale in my shop!

Friday, 2 September 2016


I recently got a job at the Barnes Library at the University of Birmingham, working in the evenings. It's incredibly quiet at this time of year, and much to my surprise I'm actually allowed to bring a book or draw to pass the time! I'm used to retail jobs where doing anything non-work-related is strictly verboten no matter how quiet the shop is.

So here's a nice pencil drawing of Fret, the product of sitting at the library counter with nothing much to do. (I'm sure it'll pick up in Autumn with the new intake though.)

I'd like to do a painting of Fret soon, now that I've worked out his design properly. I'm fairly often guilty of designing characters in colour, and then only drawing them in black and white.