Thursday, December 9, 2010

30 Days: 18

A flame-haired girl impassively regards a struggling fairy on a tether.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

30 Days: 17

I guess I owe a bit of an explanation. On November 18th, my great-aunt died unexpectedly, and I found out about it the day after, which kind of sapped my energy for extra creative pursuits. Then it was Thanksgiving break. And now, it's the end of the semester and EVERYTHING IS DUE and Ben and I have two weeks to find and move into an apartment. Basically, circumstances have conspired to get in the way of my 30 Days Project. I still intend to finish it, just not in the correct time frame. Thanks for being patient!

To start to make up for the delay, here's a drawing I made for/about/because of my great-aunt. She loved to garden. Who knows, maybe she still does. We miss you, Beverly.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

30 Days: 16

Day 16. Have taken leave of my senses. Rations running dangerously low. I drew a nose-pilgrim.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

30 Days: 15

More Breckendy! This is back in her circus days, when her hair was a bit longer and her heart was a bit softer. (Awww.) In case you haven't noticed yet, I am a TEXTURE ADDICT. (If you are too, check out this amazing free texture site.)

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

30 Days: 14

Further development of the Breckendy picture. Her "knife" could use some development next...

Monday, November 15, 2010

30 Days: 13

Here's Breckendy being rad. Before you ooh and ahh over the pose -- I traced a stock photo from DA. I am also lying significantly about what time it is right now. SO. SLEEPY.  -_-

Sunday, November 14, 2010

30 Days: 12

Lazy, lazy, lazy. I've been thinking a lot about Girl with a Pearl Earring today, so I did a messy trace-over of it. Blarrrrgh.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

30 Days: 11

Today's Creative Thing is also a bit of a cheat. Anything that I was gonna do anyway, for other reasons, feels like cheating to me, I guess. Thirty Days should be Extra! But who's enforcing the rules, anyway? Sometimes I have to kill two birds with one... drawing. Otherwise things will pile up.

So, this is a promotional poster for Ben's aunt, who runs a music conservatory. I was going for a kind of Saturday-Evening-Post look, but there's also some Art Nouveau in there...

Friday, November 12, 2010

30 Days: 10

It's Breckendy! I've actually never colored her before. Got to show her white freckles, finally.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

30 Days: 9

A Lichtenstein-inspired doodle.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

30 Days: 8

What happens when I take naps during the day:

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

30 Days: 7

Today's Creative Thing is a bit of a cop-out, I'm afraid. Tuesdays are really hard and busy for me. So, I'm just posting this character sheet that I had to do anyway for a class. This is preparatory work for a goofy little webcomic I'm going to launch by the end of the semester.

Monday, November 8, 2010

30 Days: 6

A counterpart to Carrigan Quinn, from two days ago. He doesn't have a name yet.

Sunday, November 7, 2010

30 Days: 5

Today, I took a Facebook picture of my friend Matt and horribly mangled it. It looks like some kind of deranged Pokemon, or one of those weird fleshy monsters from Darwin IV. This is in no way a reflection on Matt's character -- I just had to use that face for something.

Saturday, November 6, 2010

30 Days: 4

Here is a character of Ben's invention, an Irish roboticist from the FUTURE! My pictures seem to be getting bigger and bigger...

Friday, November 5, 2010

30 Days: 3

Today I did a fanart of the completely rockin' comic Hanna is not a Boy's Name by Tessa Stone. This is my favorite character: a dead guy who doesn't remember his name or anything else about himself, but is also totally classy! This picture is a crazy mixture of Tessa's style and Leonid Afremov's paintings (which are BEAUTIFUL and I must buy an original someday) which actually turned out well, I think. I think I'll send it to her... Maybe she'll like it!

Thursday, November 4, 2010

30 Days: 2

Day 2. Still trying to be cool like Emily Carroll. D:

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

30 Days: 1

Creative thing #1! Doodled it during work this morning, scanned it in the afternoon, colored it in the evening. It's red-haired explorer/detective/journalist-type lady in an exotic city! Woohoo! At the moment, I'm very obsessed with Emily Carroll, so I'm channelling her style a bit. I also found out about the Thirty Days Project on her blog!

Thirty Days Project

It's NaNoWriMo season again, and many of my friends are bravely diving into it despite their college workloads. I did it last year, but I'm not feeling the spark this time around.

Anyway, I've been thinking a lot about personal creativity vs. imposed/required creativity. I am always bursting with ideas and dreams for my creative future... but it's for the future. Someday. And actually, I don't produce all that much, except for school assignments. I don't have much of a portfolio, because I don't feel that I have many "complete" works of art to my name. There is such a disparity between what I want to do and what I am currently capable of doing. I get discouraged very easily...

Well, the obvious solution is to just do stuff, much of which will be awful, and get better through experience. But sometimes desire isn't enough... I need pressure. I need a NaNo for general creativity. And it just so happens that one exists.

It's called the Thirty Days Project, and it officially happens in June, but... whatever. I'll do it again in June if I like it. The premise is simple: create something, every day, for thirty consecutive days. For me, this will probably be drawings, but it is open to every kind of creativity.

I'll aim for drawings that are a bit more committed than notebook doodles. Maybe I'll start tomorrow. Wait, it's already tomorrow.

I'll start today, then. Don't think, don't rationalize, just do it.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Sketchdump I

I've decided that my margin doodles aren't really worth posting one at a time, so I patched them all together into one big sketchdump! This is something I've never done before. Looking at all my absentminded drawings in one place, some patterns become apparent, such as: I tend to draw profiles facing left, left eyes, lotsa legs, lotsa Breckendy, and I will rarely draw anything besides human figures/body parts when given my 'druthers.

I anticipate doing more of these in the future (note the numbered title). It's a nice way to bundle up my doodles and spot trends.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010


As you can probably tell from the sudden lack of posting, school has started once more. I mean, by now, the semester's almost halfway over (eeeek). The good news is, in-class doodling has also recommenced! There are certain things I always draw compulsively and unthinkingly while I'm listening to lectures (in between taking rigorously detailed notes, of course). Legs are one of those things. Legs... is one of those things. Legs is a thing...what is one of those. Um.

I just need to remember to take my notepad to the library so I can scan my crazy leg-forests. Or, I just need to remember to be like a Real Artist and Have My Own Scanner. But I always forget to do that.

Besides doodling, sometimes I draw during class because it's an art class and I'm doing an assignment. One of those assignments is a short comic in Computer Art, which is based off a short story that my boyfriend wrote. I really like how it's progressing so far! Here's the first page/title page/cover:

I will refrain from explaining the story just now. =P

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Mr. Strunz

More stuff from the Blackbird-verse... I've been having a blast drawing this character. He's such a weird combination of traits, and it makes for a character that's utterly unique. Lately I've been challenging myself to draw characters with really distinct appearances -- not just recycling the same standard facial structures and body types. What's more, I'm trying to learn to draw them consistently, so I have to understand their wacky individual features at more than just surface level.

(I don't like the way I drew his lips here. They look too... fleshy. He looks better with only the bottom lip defined.)

Mr. Strunz is somewhere around 1 foot tall, and is a thunderously powerful business tycoon and sorcerer. His anatomy is really thin and stretched out... like a ballerina with bird bones who developed in the vacuum of space. He isn't constrained by gravity in the usual way, so it's not like his skeleton actually needs to have structural integrity.

Here is Mr. Strunz relaxing in his (appropriately-sized) home. But uh-oh, it looks like he's being interrupted for some reason...

I was very delighted with this picture while it was just pencil, but I think it lost something when I inked it... Maybe it's because all the lineweights are the same, and I haven't really done any shading. Oh, well. Someday I'll do a snazzy digital version and fix all the problems.

By the way, for those of you from the Beloit sphere: don't you think that, with his glasses on, he looks sorta like Denzel from the AV office? O.o

Here's a random sketch of Bol falling asleep on Breckendy. They aren't really touchy-feely with each other... at all... but Bol's often on the brink of unconsciousness. He doesn't take good care of himself. (I have to redo her hand... it looks like she's going STOP! but she's supposed to be jerking her hand out of the way uncomfortably.)

Oh, I also drew this:

Friday, August 6, 2010


Sometimes, it really helps me to make a list of everything I want, mundane to far-fetched. It almost makes me feel like I already have those things! It's like a glorious shopping spree...! For broke college students.

(Incidentally, I will have TWO of the things on this list within a month's time!)

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Blackbird Height Chart

A little height chart featuring some of the characters from the Blackbird-storyverse. A pleasing variety of sizes, no? All the heights are accurate, except for that of Mr. Strunz -- he should actually be 1 or 1.5 feet tall. But then he would have been too small for me to even draw the buttons on his coat. And you know why? Because my very finest fineliner is dead. It still grieves me to speak of it. I recently used it to draw on top of some colored pencils -- thick, waxy, Prismas -- and I guess the tiny little nib got irreparably clogged. I soaked it in hot water and coaxed it, but it cannot be revived. Luckily, they're cheap... but I don't have a replacement right now. :(

Speaking of wee Mr. Strunz, there will be a batch of pictures of him coming up in the near future. They're already drawn; I just need to scan them. He is so fun to draw, omigosh. He's so weird lookin'. You'll see.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Technicolor Beefcake!

I decided to ink & color him:

(Background? Who needs one? Not this guy. He doesn't need a real light source, either. Would you dare to tell him he's wrong?)

As is customary, the scanner decided to massacre the colors. To the unaided human eye, his hair is much blacker, his right arm is not ghostly white, and I actually did a rather good job blending the colors. Sigh. Do colored pencils ever scan well? Any tips? (If it involves Photoshop, forget it. There's no such thing over here at my dad's house where the scanner is, and I don't have the patience to do a lot of running around just to post a doodle on my blog.)

Anyway, this marks a milestone in my artistic career: it's the first time I've ever colored chest hair!

Thursday, July 8, 2010


I've got a load of pictures to post! My artistic ability/inspiration comes in fits and starts. It has always been this way, so I've learned to take advantage of my muse whenever it deigns to stop by. It is currently In Residence, so the past week has been a flurry of nonstop, nearly effortless, and enjoyable drawing. Most of it has centered around a little project Ben and I have been concocting just for fun. He's been making lovely architectural drawings, and I've been doing character designs.

Here's a major character. She goes by a lot of names, some of which I scribbled down, but her "real" name is Breckendy. She has drow coloring (black skin, white hair), but she is NOT a drow and has absolutely zero connection to D&D. I've never even played. I've just always thought the drow color scheme was neat. X3 She also has white freckles (!) which I couldn't really show in the sketch.

Doodles of her typical outfit...

Did I mention she is a total parkour MASTER? Well she is. She's well suited to it, being barely over five feet tall and super athletic. Imagine a tiny Japanese gymnast or something. That's her general body type.

Now she's all gussied up! (Doesn't happen often.) I think she's probably too elongated here... I'm not used to drawing short people. ;-;

Her occupation is not a respectable one. She is Blackbird, a thief/spy/all-purpose-sneaky-person of ever-increasing notoriety. To protect her identity while on the job or doing in-person business meetings, she wears this totally awesome mask:

Now onto the menfolk! Drawing male characters has always been relatively difficult for me, for some reason. I do best when I have a model. For these next three characters, I relied heavily on reference photos, the links to which I shall provide out of guilt-ridden obligation.

This guy is Blackbird's agent, among other things. He's the same species/race/whatever as she is. He's a strange guy - twitchy, drug-addled and bristling with nervous tics - but he's deceptively sharp for all his eccentricity. His right eyelid droops from being punched in the face one too many times.

[Dom Howard of Muse fame was my reference.]

This next man is a murderer, released from prison early for good behavior. He's a polite, charming, and well-read older man who claims to have committed the murder for honorable reasons. He's also a really talented liar, though.

[Reference used was this photo of Gary Oldman.]

Annnnnd finally the beefcake that I promised! Sorry, twitterers, I probably made it sound like there was a lot more, but it's just this one picture. And you can't even see the entire six-pack! What a rip-off. A ripped rip-off. Ha, ha. Well, anyway, this impressive (and squeaky clean) fellow is basically Breckendy's go-to gear man. Weapons, lockpicks, any technology of questionable legality - he can hook you up. He has zero sense of humor, but he's not cruel. He's actually very straightforward. He has approximately one facial expression (shown below). He also takes frequent baths.

[The reference for the face was... er... a picture of Mario. But a really AMAZING picture of Mario! You must check it out. I didn't hijack it too heavily. Mostly I wanted reference for the mustache and those great craggy eyebrow muscles... whatever you call them. As far as the rest of the body, well, I found an extremely helpful tutorial by an artist who really knows what she's talking about. I must draw more burly men! It's more fun than I ever expected.)

Okay, that's all! There should be more forthcoming, as long as my muse doesn't get the wandering bug anytime soon...

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Wolves and Oncewolves

Look, I haven't forgotten about this blog! (I hope I'm not the only one...)

After the madness that was Emmeline Vanderhorn and her Airborne Adventures, I needed to take a serious break from all things artsy, but now I'm finally feeling the itch again. To motivate myself further, I went to the library yesterday and checked out a ludricously heavy stack of art books, ranging from Edwardian fashion plates to fantasy cityscapes to wildlife drawing. I feel like my tank is full of gas!

Because of my computer situation this summer, I won't be able to do any digital art, but I'm trying to view this as a healthy challenge rather than a restriction. I don't do art by hand often enough... Oh sure, plenty of doodles, but very few "complete" works of art. It will be good for me to get back in touch with that side of things. You know, actual art supplies... paper... erasers. Gracious!

One thing I've been wanting to draw more often is animals, specifially wolves. When I was littler, I was really really obsessed with wolves, but I haven't drawn them, or even really thought about them, for a long time. I miss them! So here are some (heavily referenced) sketches I did to get reacquainted:

I also wanted to revisit an old character of mine, Reidun. In her original incarnation, she was actually an anthropomorphic wolf... Erm, a "furry" in other words. I wrote a huge, epic fantasy story about her and a fox character created by my friend Lilly... I never actually drew Reidun very often! Mostly I wrote about her, and Lilly would do the drawing. But anyway, I just felt the urge to try drawing her again, and redesign her a little bit in the process. She was sort of a mystical ice princess originally, prone to staring off into the middle distance and crying a few sparkling tears about some unknowable suffering she had silently endured-- blech! --and I would like to make her tougher and grittier this time around, less romantic. Capable of harpooning a seal and eating the fresh steaming blubber right there on the spot. But still pretty. :3

I still want to work on this more. This is not her final redesgin, by any means! Just a jumping-off point...

Wednesday, March 10, 2010


I actually have something to post! (MAY OR MAY NOT BE AN EXCUSE TO SHOW OFF MY PURPLE NAILS) I've been doodling very little -- it seems like all my drawing this semester is purposeful and industrious. Keeping my ambitious graphic novel project afloat, doing humongous projects for figure drawing class... I can't even doodle during art history, which demands all my note-taking faculties! I know -- actually having to take notes during a class? Outrageous.

However, today during work I jotted (jote?) a note to myself on my hand -- and was seized by a desire to keep going. I used to draw on myself all the time in junior high. What a daring nonconformist I was.

It looked cooler before I drew all those little dots, but whatever. Henna-esque, don't you think? I would have done more, but then I had to do work... Work at work, notes during class -- what is this world coming to? I just want to play all day.

Now, off to renew those library books.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Another Blog

To anyone who's interested:

I made another blog that will pertain specifically to a special project I'm doing for school. It will include sketches, rants, to-do lists for myself... all sorts of things.

The 16-Week Graphic Novel

This graphic novel project will dominate a good chunk of my attention this semester, and a lot of my sketching energy will be diverted to it. For a while, it may be the busier blog. Check it out if you're interested!