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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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Another book fanart illustration catastrophe! Exciting.

Willy Silver, the guitarist (and a little more) from War for the Oaks (Emma Bull). He’s meant to have a streak of white hair, green eyes, and be dressed head to toe in leather when we first see him. Aka HELLOOO NURSE, etc. I happen to be fairly adept at drawing pretty-boys, so this drawing was definitely in my comfort zone.

(Done in photoshop using these neat brushes that really mimic pencil/graphite quite well.)

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War for the Oaks by Emma Bull is a delightful book. This is my idea of the main character, Eddi. What I remember about her (visually) was that she has blonde hair, sings, and plays a red Rickenbacker. She does sport some kickin’ outfits during the course of the book, but I played around and designed my own for her. I didn’t intend for the colors to turn out the way they did (I don’t think I ever really have intentions for my colors, sigh, haha), but I must say I like the way the red and electric turquoise contrast. I drew Willy Silver, too, but maybe I’ll post him tomorrow.

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I’ll be the first to admit I don’t know anything about Halo. Most attempts to play it end up with me holding the controller upside down. But when my friend Sarah asked me to draw her friend Eric as Master Chief, I happily obliged. He owns the armor in real life. So it’s like art imitating life imitating art. With a bunny.

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“Amélie a soudain le sentiment étrange d’être en harmonie totale avec elle-même. Tout est parfait en cet instant. La douceur de la lumième, ce petit parfum dans l’air, la rumeur tranquille de la ville. Elle inspire profondément et la vie lui paraît alors si simple et si limpide qu’un élan d’amour comme un désir d’aider l’humanité entière la submerge tout à coup.”

One of my favorite scenes from Amelie is right after she’s changed a man’s life by returning several precious items from his childhood (though I guess the entire movie is a “favorite part” for me). Inks/sketching in Manga Studio, colors in Photoshop. As close to done as it’ll probably ever get. Done in about an hour.

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By that time, Joscelin had arrived, and his sword sang free of its sheath as he drew it. “David de Rocaille,” he said softly. “Turn and face me.”

The remaining Cassiline backed slowly away, covering Ysandre’s retreat. In the stillness, David de Rocaille turned to meet Joscelin Verreuil.

Something more completed, yes? This is warrior-priest Joscelin, from Jacqueline Carey‘s fabulous Kushiel’s Legacy books. I drew him in a pseudo-comic for my friend Christy, who is developing some really breathtaking compositions inspired by the books. This image is old, but I was in a mood to post it. The best part of this picture to me is that Joscelin has only recently come out of hiding, which involved dying his hair brown (which is why his eyebrows are blonde – I wanted a fun reminder of his epic blondness). If I had to have a second go at this, I’d probably angle the sword differently and re-do the vambraces. Never say never…though I guess when you run a sketchblog, threats like that are a given. (Fun fact: I’d thought that I knew how to spell vambraces up until literally thirty seconds ago when I had to check. I wasn’t.)

 

 

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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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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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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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