* a note on these entries;

These dated entries are pages from my sketchbook. They are rougher works, which are more likely to have unedited content and ideas in them. I might get a little too honest and/or emotional in them, but that’s sort of why I do them. I posted one on livejournal a while ago that caused a bit of a stir, so I just want to clarify that anything contained within is my way of dealing with this stuff creatively.


7/8/7 *



This image is for the book I’m doing with my friend, the most excellent Nubby Twiglet.

I am drawing based off her photoreference, and She is doing layout for the book.


Step One: Outlines.

Most of this was pretty simple, but I had a hard time with the necklace. I wanted the lines to look really clean so it would come across as plastic more convincingly.


Step two – Rudimentary coloring.

Flat coloring, with a little ink spatter to make it look more organic. I do all my work digitally, so I often try to work in elements of the hand-drawn to give the image more life.


Step three – Shadows

This was many hours of building up shading. ugh. This was one of the first images I did using the pressure sensitivity on my tablet to control the opacity of my brush strokes. It’s really, really easy for this coloring method to look super-digital in a way I don’t like at all, so I usually take a really long time. I’m really happy with the shadows on the mouth.


Step four – Highlights.

Only minor changes on the skin tone, but the lipgloss is much improved.


Step 5 – Final Touches.

The original photoreference nubby gave me just had a black background, but I decided that it needed a little something so I drew some strands of hair in. I added a little more ink spatter, this time in grey, to break up the background.

& that’s it!