Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Working for Papyrus is Still On My Bucket List

A year or so ago I was obsessed with creating and selling hand-made greeting cards.  This is what got me to seriously consider becoming an illustrator.  Because I was making every card by hand, my art consisted of simple line drawings and very restricted palettes.

It's been a while since I've used watercolor and ink together, but I want to return to it.  This is my first attempt:

More to come!

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Fresh Ink

My new Pigma art pens.  One has a brush tip and the other has a super-fine tip so I've been playing with both in the same sketch, figuring out which pens work best for where.

These guys are partially inspired by the main characters from an anime called Kyokai no Kanata, or Beyond the Boundary.  It is my favorite, and the whole series is available on Youtube!

It'd be fun to do a graphic novel, I think.  I'd have to get better at drawing backgrounds though.  Maybe I'll practice a few of those this week.

Monday, June 1, 2015

Ione the Sea-Witch

I'm joining a Facebook art group that hosts a character design challenge every month.  The theme for this month is "Witches and Wizards".  

I played with a couple concepts (a Louisianian witch doctor and and ice-witch) before settling on this one. My final witch design is a cross between a Celtic druid and a sea witch.   I gave her a sea-glass scepter, a fish-scale dress, and lots of seaweed!

The cleaned-up sketch, ready for the light box.

I imagine her living in cold, stormy conditions, so I painted her in muted colors to mirror her surroundings.

All done!  
The sea-witch Ione lives in a ship graveyard in the North sea.  Viking sailors and fishermen come to her for spells and potions that will grant them good luck and protection during their ocean voyages.  However, they must remember to repay the sea-witch for her kindness.  If not, Ione sends violent storms to sink their ships, and adds the wreckage to her sea-bound castle.