* 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 *

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July 9th, 2007



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!


Project Stubby in progress.

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July 7th, 2007

Hey everybody!  Welcome to the new Thisisstar.com!

This is the beginning of a whole new era for this website, because from now on I’ll be updating the front page regularly through the magic of WordPress.

Watch this space to see progress on my images, tutorials, and articles on digital illustration.

I’ve also put up a bunch of new work on the rest of the website, so make sure to check out my updated portfolio.




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July 7th, 2007