May 16, 2013
May 3, 2013
March 3, 2013
Another sneaky shot of a colour pencil piece I’ve been working on for a tutorial book. Colour pencils deserve more love and attention, and less butchery in general T-T
Characters are, of course, Silas and Rua from A Brush With Magic :3
March 2, 2013
A sneaky look at a watercolour piece I’ve worked on recently for a how-to-draw book. My usual watercolour style is… very tight and controlled XD Good for manga I guess, but not so good for landscapes or impressionist pieces! (I have to be rubbish at few things)
The character is a dark goddess from my novel, A Brush With Magic :3
February 27, 2013
A marker picture I’ve been scanning for the past couple of days :3 She’s actually a character from my fantasy novel, A Brush With Magic, and will feature in the first book that I want to get out for this October, but she won’t be seen in this outfit until… maybe 3 years or so from now XD So much epic planning for this series of books!
February 10, 2013
Today’s WIP, a pencil sketch I did whilst I was at London Anime Con, took me about an hour maybe? Was chatting/selling at the same time so I’m not sure. But yeah - it’s a funny scene from my fantasy novel, ‘A Brush With Magic’ where Silas and Rua are fleeing from an angry Manticore… (And Rua blames Silas for waking it up). I promise I don’t only draw diagonal shots in this direction XD and there would have been other pics in between the last picture I uploaded and this one :P I just couldn’t remember which scenes I had specified for myself to draw and I didn’t have my notes with me at the time so I just had to draw something that I could make up on the spot easily, whilst I was working at a table.
December 30, 2012
I have been working during my Christmas break when I’ve had a chance to! But none of the scanners in my family house are working (probably because they’re those silly combination fax/printer/scanner things… I always think it’s better to invest in one GOOD scanner, one GOOD printer, etc.). So here’s a quick photo of the inked pieces, as they at least show up okay via camera. I actually have several more pencilled pages too, but I don’t think they’ll show up as nicely. OHOHOHOHO this is going to be SO EPIC.
(I’ve been pencilling with a Pilot Eno mechanical pencil, using Pentel Red colored pencil leads, then inking with a Unipin 0.05 fine liner for facial details and backgrounds, switching to a Staedtler 0.05 pigment liner or Sakura Micron 0.1 for longer lines / more line weight, and using a Muji calligraphy soft brush pen and Kuretake Zip Mangaka Flexible liner for black shading / fills).
December 18, 2012
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year everyone!
This pic took me longer than I had anticipated, but it was lots of fun to do. If you look closely, you’ll see there is no line art, it was pretty much fully painted, then tinted / adjusted / effects added at the end. Silas conjures up a spirit reindeer to amuse Rua, characters from ‘A Brush with Magic’ ♥ And again, I’m not letting personal stuff like this take up my time unless I can use it for urgent projects, so this counts as work XD
I’m having a good time with family back in Thailand, needless to say they are all spoiling me silly XD But of course, I’m still working :P I never stop!
Today’s WIP is my Christmas painting! Silas performs a lovely spirit-based illusion for Rua. Characters from ‘A Brush with Magic’.
When I paint, I rarely splash colours straight on these days. I much prefer to use the grisaille method (or variants of it) where I work solely in tones or greys, before tinting and adjusting final colours. I find it makes an image have very strong contrast and overall lighting, which I can lose sight of if I head straight for base, shadow, highlights in painting. This is particularly important for a lineless look, I feel.
December 14, 2012
I can’t believe I’ve already finished this (O.O);; that’s what happens when I’m really into something, I can’t stop working on it! I’ve designed the full cover layout already, and this is the image to go on the front.
I bet some of you have been wondering what Rua’s colour scheme had been for a while! But yeah, she’s just awesome, lots of reds and browns and golds :3
By the way, the rainbow threads in the background are totally intentional and part of the story - it’s how magic is used in this world, elemental threads of it woven in different colours :3
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