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More book illustration / fanart today, hoo hoo. This here’s Moirin, the main protagonist of Jacqueline Carey‘s second trilogy set in the Terre D’Ange universe. She’s got the ability to coax plants and make ‘em grow, among other skills. She’s one great character, because she’s totally believable — she’s young, makes mistakes (of the heart, ha), acts on impulse, is filled with wonder for the world she is in, and has a great heart.

I completed this one a while ago – I think in December, or early January (it’s June now, right? Yikes!). All I remember about the process is that I went a little texture crazy (and probably did my line art in Manga Studio). My composer friend Christy has been using my Kushiel art for her Eglantine Adept music page, so if you like Kushiel-related goodness check out her facebook page.

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I almost forgot to post today. Here’s Delara. She is 30% anxious, 30% annoyed, and 40% curious most of the time. She also wears shawls. A lot. This doodle is texture’d to spice it up a bit.

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Sass-brows. That’s the unofficial name I’m giving you, girl. I mean, seriously, I was just minding my own business when you leapt out of the end of my brush pen and decided you and your smirky ways would take over the page.

This is Roshana again – same character as the one holding the sword a few entries prior to this. I was just testing out a pen I bought for fun (it’s a Pentel Pocket Brush Pen and yes, it’s as fun as everyone says it is). Unlike computer doodles, this has no date because I don’t date my sketchbooks…though I’m beginning to think I should.

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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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This is Malahide from a book called Dragonsoul. Or Dragon Soul. Something. She possesses a glorious nose in more ways than one. She’s bloody fabulous and I kind of want to be her. The end!

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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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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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This is Barquiel. He’s a character in Jacqueline Carey’s Kushiel’s Legacy books. He’s a snarky bastard. I’m not sure blue is really his color, but the magic of ~digital coloring~ is that I can always go back, I guess. Stupid Courcel Blue.

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Sidonie from Jacqueline Carey’s Kushiel Series.

Ehh, I got bored tonight and wanted to experiment with coloring again. I can never quite pick the colors I want.

Yeah, not funny.

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ah! what?

Experiment in coloring with a texture thrown in to make it a bit grittier. Lineart in Painter and coloring in Photoshop. I’m glad I finally got this guy’s base design and coloring down. What a dope. He’s supposed to be a knight, but an incredibly inept one. Well, inept isn’t really the word. More like constantly bewildered, probably.

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