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This is an original character – or some iteration of one. His name is Mir and while you can’t really tell by his posture here, he is built/quite athletic! He’s also really enthused and in awe of like, the world. I’m trying not to make him a man-child, but this was a doodle that I mostly wanted to use to convey my OWN amazement, so that’s my reasoning there. It’s also like, 1:30 AM and I really am just posting this because I said I would post every day. So ignore my babble and please enjoy his glee.

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Lirael, Daughter of the Clayr.
I read Lirael while on a plane ride to Australia from New York. A fitting idea: Garth Nix, the author of the book, is Australian. Reader, I loved it immensely. It made the long, long flight so, so short. Anyway, she is a female character that is brilliant and I love her for her ability to be emotional and practical in just the right amounts. It’s an achievement how much growing she does in just one book. Highly recommended! Anyway, this is just a doodle I did one night in May.

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I’m so serious about that updating thing. See! Here I am! Posting things! These were done in August. They are characters from George R R Martin’s Song of Ice and Fire series. I was probably reading Storm of Swords or Clash of Kings at that point. I mix up the book titles a heck of a lot, for someone who has actually read them. Shh, don’t tell.

Lord Snow. I wish I got Ghost in, but I kind of just wanted to see how I’d draw his face. Next time! This one was done with Photoshop in about an hour or so.

Daenerys Targaryen. Giving a total bitchface, but hey, she’s Khaleesi, gosh darn it, and she has to suspect your motives if she wants to ~survive~. It is known, yo. Next time I draw her there will be more braids and a dragon. Sketched in Painter.

And just as a silly thing, here’s a doll maker I was playing around with — rather than make my own Princess I made Dany for fun. Beware, for you too may spend the rest of your day on that website making them.

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Ah, what else is new?

Random news: I found a really nice tablet in my basement, apparently it’d been there for like, two years? (by the way, my basement is magic) But that’s a whole ‘nother story. Point is, it’s been a blast learning how to use it, and doodling.

This is Roshana, and anyone who actually knows anything about fencing should forgive me for this pose and concentrate instead on her magic poof pants.

Little thing I did for a friend on her birthday..

Self portrait. Of my brain. Noms..

In terms of things of note, I think I’ve kind of given up on Painter as my coloring program for the moment. Something about Photoshop seems so much more right, now that it has a built in set of brushes and a preloaded workspace for digital painting. I’ve also been fiddling with this brilliant pentel brush pen that I’d heard people talking about on the internet and decided to try for myself. I’ll probably upload some doodles once they amass. That’s all, really. See you in another decade the next time I decide to update (kidding).

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HEY. So, I’ve been quite bad and haven’t updated in ages. The reason is that I’ve been working on big, full color commissions this season. I’d like to share the pieces I’ve been working on since October.

Rapunzel! I kind of like her braided more than with her hair all willy-nilly.

Sleeping Beauty. Click for a slightly larger version, as my layout isn’t really friendly to wide images. The hardest part of this and Rapunzel was getting the hair, but I have learned much about blonde hair as a result. (I am a brunette.)

This one’s supposed to be a Dark Fairy; I think she came out a little more mischievous than dark, but I guess it could go either way. She’s up to something, anyhow.

Evil Witch. This one is my favorite. I quite like how her color scheme and outfit came out, as well as her nasty expression. Those eyebrows are ferocious! Heh.

I’ve definitely learned a lot about color and texture while completing these. I’ve also gotten to like Photoshop a lot more than Painter when it comes to coloring – maybe it’s because I have better swatches on Photoshop and understand the brush mechanics a little better. Who knows! All I know is that I’m going to be sketching a lot more now that these are done – I miss working with good old pencil and paper.

xo

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I’m very shy to do this but I’m going to share some original character art. They’re from my Senior Project at school which was a fantasy novel (with illustrations). Illustration, especially for characters you know because they’re denizens of your own insane mental universe, is a difficult thing to do, because the people you dream up are ever changing. But here we are!

They were completed (in their current state, at least) from left to right, top to bottom. I learned a LOT about photoshop in the process of making these. A LOT. How to erase the white from pencil line art, the mask tool, opacity and flow, using the pen pressure tool and not going overboard with different brushes…lessons I needed to learn! The most important lesson, and one that still hasn’t been drilled into me enough, is to not be afraid to use references, especially for light sources. *whistles* If you want to know more about them contact me, but I’m just going to let these pieces speak for themselves.

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Voila, an illustration I promised my friend Jae many a month ago, featuring Heero Yuy. It had been at least four or five years since I’d drawn Heero. The obsessive Gundam Wing fangirl within could never forget that hair, though, so I pretty much worked from memory and all was good. This is one version with a little bit of a dreamy blur going on just because I felt like using filters. Jae, you’re welcome to share all the versions I sent you wherever you choose :) .

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Another piece colored from David’s sketch. His original looked like Kristen Bell; my coloring made her look like Diane Kruger. Uh, I don’t know. Done mostly in Photoshop, with blending done in Painter. (Photoshop is really poor for blending, unless I’m mistaken?)

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This is David’s character Bethany from his books. He drew the picture and I wanted to get some practice in so I decided to try coloring it. I learn more and more with each piece; that’s all I’ll say. Going to go to I-Con this week! Maybe I’ll meet some really rad illustrators and suck out their talents.

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A front cover illustration for The Press I did for Vol 31 Issue 9. It was done in about 20 minutes. You can probably tell. Buuuut whatever. I’m not going to miss drawing Wolfie. He’s terrifying.

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