Monday, 23 May 2016

Pokémon Series: #001 - 003

Here's something I've wanted to do for ages, the Pokémonathon! It's a challenge to draw all 151 gen. 1 pokémon in order. I don't generally have the free time to play video games, but I grew up with Pokémon and I still optimistically buy the new games when they come out. I do finally have enough time to commit to this challenge though! I'm painting them as watercolour ATC/ACEO cards (2.5 x 3.5 inches).

So here are the first 3! A Bulbasaur scrumping apples, an Ivysaur using Sweet Scent, and a Venusaur lounging in the sun.

I also have the original paintings, seen here together in all their teeny-tiny glory, available in my shop.

Friday, 13 May 2016

Inking Video!

Now that I live in Birmingham, I've been meeting up with my friend Sammy for 'inking club' (we sit in a café and ink either our own work or each others, depending on deadlines). Last time she filmed me inking one of her sketches and made a beautiful time lapse! I've never made process videos so I've never seen my own process sped up like this.

If you're interested in my 'ink and water' technique, this shows you all the steps involved. Sammy did the sketch in 2H pencil on Bristol Board, and I used a Rotring Art Pen and Pentel Water Brush Pens.

Friday, 5 February 2016

Welcome to Volleyball Hell

Daichi Sawamura, Tetsurou Kuroo and Yuu Nishinoya from Haikyuu!!

Yes, it's true, I am one of those women who watches sports anime. Lately I felt like doing some pencil colouring and had seen some nice fanart of Daichi, but none showing the massive bruise he must have after the Wakunan match and one thing lead to another and now I have embarrassing sports anime fanart in my sketchbook.

Can you tell I really enjoy drawing bruises?

Hourly Comics Day 2016

I usually forget Hourly Comics Day, but Sammy helpfully reminded us all the day before so I actually attempted it this year! I say 'attempted' because, as you can see, I fell behind and couldn't finish drawing the last few hours I was awake.

I also found out later that my children's books lied to me and it's actually spelled 'Zeno'. Oh well.

Saturday, 31 October 2015

Inktober 2015 - Happy Hallowe'en!

Day 31 - brush inking and coloured ink. My last Inktober picture always doubles as a Hallowe'en picture. This year Tabitha is collecting branches for the bonfires that ward off evil spirits on this important night.

Part 1, Part 2, Part 3

Inktober 2015 - Part 3

All but the last one!

Day 21 - mapping pen and grey pen. My hand was still hurting, so I went with something simple again. Although having said that, those crows were an absolute pig to fill in. Lottie isn't sure how to feel about all these new friends.

Day 22 - ink and water. I went blackberry picking, so Sweetpea and Coriander did too.

Day 23 - mapping pen. This is the only one I drew all month where I just started doodling without planning it. I was pleased with it in the end because this is the most on-model Nat has been in years. He may be a bad influence on his sister.

Day 24 - mapping pen. Oh no! Jessie looks like him already! At least she's still got her clothes on. I was trying to avoid using the same type of inking two days in a row, but I thought day 23 could use a companion piece.

Day 25 - fineliners and markers. This one was hobbled by the sudden and unexpected death of my favourite purple marker. Spider is trying to learn how to bend a spoon, but he's about to be distracted.

Day 26 - ink and water. I'm still working on my backgrounds for the ink and water method, but I may have been too ambitious. Shasta's environment is hard to draw at the best of times.

Day 27 - gel pen. Just in case anyone was unclear on where Lottie's new friends come from.

Day 28 - g-pen and grey pens. Isaac is just floating around, doing dead person stuff.

Day 29 - cartridge pen. This is the same pen I use for ink and water pictures, just without the water. Lena is showing Lucas how to tell fortunes with playing cards. That's a real divination system, so bonus points if you can read what the spread means. (It's ace of spades reversed/10 of hearts/4 of clubs.)

Day 30 - gel pen. This is pleasingly symmetrical, both the second and second-to-last pictures are slightly disappointing pictures of Nat hobbled by a misbehaving gel pen. It must not like him.

Part 1, Part 2, Hallowe'en

Wednesday, 21 October 2015

Inktober 2015 - Part 2

Here's the next few pictures from this year's Inktober challenge.

Day 11 - G-pen and brush pen. I was short of time so I went with a dolly-style picture again, this time Louise with a bonus Sweetpea.

Day 12 - mapping pen and markers. I hope coloured markers count as 'ink'. Visuk suffers from a skin condition that's a little like eczema and a little like herpes. Flare-ups last about two weeks. Meruch is there to make sure he doesn't scratch.

Day 13 - gel pen. I wanted to check I could still use gel pen reliably after such a long break. Nettle's effect radius for this sort of thing is more than a mile, but you'll be safe as long as she can see you're running away.

Day 14 - brush pen and grey markers. The process for this one went something like this: Brain: Okay, we're going to do something different, something subtle, with a proper background and- Hands: Re-hash a theme we already used with the heaviest pen we have and no background at all, got it!

Day 15 - ink and water. I don't think I've ever drawn the mirror twins in ink and water before, so it seemed a good time to give it a try. It's nice to make new friends. At the graveyard.

Day 16 - mapping pen. Sometimes you're tired and you just want to draw a big pile of hair. Andersen has the biggest hair among my characters so here he is.

Day 17 - ink and water. They're lost. I'm trying to develop a technique for doing decent backgrounds in this style, but it still needs a bit of work. The sky isn't bad I think.

Day 18 - brush inking and ink wash. Fun fact, that roof is the roof of my local church (from memory though). Rooftops and windowsills are the Crow Boy's natural habitat.

Day 19 - G-pen. I wondered what Ely and Trispin would look like in dolly-style, the answer is apparently 'like a much creepier Poppet'.

Day 20 - brush pen. I accidentally crippled my hand copying up notes and could only manage a line drawing. Violet has taught Khet and Vekh anime poses, but they're not as cute when you have terrifying goat eyes. Adorable vampire teeth are okay. These two are perfect for my poor, crippled fingers because as devout Khukh-worshippers (the vrega nature deity) they are forbidden from cutting their hair, wearing piercings, ritual scarification or any of the other fiddly details my vrega usually have. Violet likes it too, since they opted out of the Trial due to the ritual mutilation aspect, and therefore have no back-spikes and can give a decent piggy-back ride. At a relatively short 6', Khet also doesn't loom over her quite as badly as most of them do.

Part 1, Part 3, Hallowe'en