This is Veronique Tempête, the Elven Chancellor of the Lyceum Arcanus in ‘A Brush With Magic’, my upcoming illustrated fantasy novel. I wrote a marker tutorial recently and I made these lines for using with it. So I’m happy for you to download the full sized file to practise colouring digitally or print it out and try colouring with markers, I don’t mind.
Ah, Véronique is so cute as a chibi. And so grumpy From A Brush With Magic. She’s the stone-faced Chancellor of Silas’s university and his PhD supervisor. I’m making the line art for a marker tutorial, I think I will let people practise colouring with the lines in future when I’m finished ^^
Finally started using my first mothers’ day gift - a gorgeous Paperblank notebook. It’s only A5 in size, so I’m resolving only to do pencils in it with my Copic mini Nobby Design Pencil, a cute, yet subtly weighted mechanical which uses thick leads. It’s always perilous and nerve-wracking when you christen a sketchbook with that first drawing, especially when it’s so pretty!
So without further ado, here is a sketch of Princess Arafel (I’m most pleased with her pout) and Silas (why does he look so hot when he’s angry?!) from A Brush With Magic.
And done! The finished painting, to be used on the title page for the first half of A Brush With Magic :) It sets the opening scene when readers are introduced to Rua, walking through the forest in the springtime. Done entirely in PaintTool SAI. I’ll see if I can squeeze this into my prints order to have a few available for London MCM Comic Con Expo this weekend (which I will be attending! All three days, I’ll be at the Sweatdrop Studios stand, no.482 in the Comic Village :D)
A couple of biro sketches : Alexis and Mercedes from ‘Once Upon A Time’ my standalone graphic novel (drama/life) published in 2008 by Sweatdrop Studios (http://www.sweatdrop.com/)
And a mobile phone painting of Maestra Véronique Tempete, Silas’s PhD supervisor and terrifying/intimidating chancellor of the Lyceum Arcanus, from ‘A Brush With Magic’ my illustrated fantasy novel to be released later this year.
In other news, managed to get into the Friday Late event at the British Library with a talk from Neil Gaiman and Tori Amos about comic connections as part of the Comics Unmasked exhibition, part curated by my long time friend Paul Gravett. For those of you who didn’t know, I drew ‘Siren’ in the Eisner-winning anthology ‘Comic Book Tattoo: Tales Inspired By Tori Amos’ (Image), so it was wonderful to see and hear them in such an intimate setting.
Today’s WIP shot, a little something I’m painting for the first half of A Brush With Magic, which is mostly told from Rua’s POV. Although it will be printed in greyscale in the actual book, I thought I would do it in colour as I would like a nice collection of illustrations to go in a full colour limited edition artbook to accompany the book’s release maybe
‘Captain, watch out!’ Harailt turned and parried the incoming sword so hard, he knocked it out of his Elven assailant’s hand …
I know that some of you are probably curious about the prose for ‘A Brush With Magic’ and I certainly would like to give you enough titbits and teasers for you to be interested in buying the finished book when it comes out… so here’s the prelude chapter! ‘The Art of Death’. More notes about it in the description under the text. Enjoy!
Some stuff I drew so that I could play with some Chameleon markers (www.chameleonap.com/). They’re pretty interesting as each pen has a special reservoir that lets you blend in gradients. Sketched on card with pencils, inked with Kuretake flexible fineliners in F and M, then coloured with Chameleon markers. I’m considering selling these two originals at Expo, or etsy :) I’d like to make more of my original drawings for sale!