Catching-up post

Sunday, 20 November 2016 11:09 am
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Gosh. I completely forgot to share my last Inktobers... There was a reason - like, I have been working rather hard on my Christmas card :p. Which is done now. I'll make a separate post for it and, you know, ask who wants one. But here are my very Potter Inktobers. Harry and Dumbledore were Tumblr requests.

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(This is so me - I started drawing rather randomly on the page and so the broomstick didn't fit on anymore. *sigh* Some friends have been urging me to become a semi-professional artist, but I think you can see why I am not really convinced myself :p.)

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(Dumbles deserves a better picture. But at least I gave him nice hair.)

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(This is actually A4 size, so it took me more time to finish than is practical for an Inktober. But I had such fun with it. Bearded Snape has become quite dear to me. You can tell how relaxed he is by the fact that you can see BITS OF SKIN. Originally there wasn't an undershirt, but I was shocked at quite how exposed he looked, so I drew it on. I mean, there are points of relaxation that he just won't cross :p...

My two fest entries aren't done yet. Because I want too much. I'm working on them.
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Nollaig chridheil agus bliadhna mhath ùr!

Gawain with Níassa

Sunday, 23 June 2013 06:23 pm
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...Drawing this made me feel like getting an enormous, new box of colour pencils (this was drawn with various odds and ends - some of these pencils I have had since nursery school!). AND it reminded me just what a control freak I am. I suppose that may not go down well at art school ;-).

I enrolled, by the way. Classes will start in September. I'm already excited!

The Forbidden (G)

Monday, 15 April 2013 10:30 pm
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Dare I admit it? One of my favourite couples in my comic (-yes, I am aware you haven't seen that particular part of the story yet! but it's not SO very far away now): Arthur and his half-sister Morgause.

I worked so hard on these inks and then botched the paint :(. Maybe I forgot to sign this picture because I was so distraught...
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I had to try out my new watercolours, of course. They are Blockx - an excellent Belgian brand of which up until last week I had never even heard. I bought 25 colours at a 50 % discount because, alas, the art shop in my street that used to carry them is going to stop selling Blockx :(. My guess is that they are just too expensive and in times of crisis they don't sell easily :/. They are really good though - certainly on equal footing with my beloved Winsor & Newton.

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So today you get Elves with Blockx :-). I am rereading Lord of the Rings (last time I read it I was 12 or 13) - all because of [personal profile] ysilme. There is a possibility that I'll be painting some LotR art for her, so I thought I'd better reacquaint myself with the material. I am much enjoying the reading, I have to say, but from an art-y point of view I am experiencing a few ... well, maybe not problems, but LotR isn't working the same way for me that the Harry Potter series and A Song of Ice and Fire do.
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...I have such a back log of gift art that it's not funny :p. That's what I get for being bad at gift-giving: I offer pictures instead of purchases, but I have to get them all done! And I'm not always equally inspired, so sometimes it really takes time to create something I can offer without blushing.

In any case, here is one friend 'taken care of': [profile] bettyboop_comic. He introduced me to the manga Lone Wolf and Cub (well, to all manga really - and I distinctly remember him glowering at me when, being asked what sort of manga I wanted, I replied "one in which the characters have those large eyes!". He grudgingly steered me towards La Rose de Versailles and then nearly forced me to read Lone Wolf to make up for my faux-pas...). Here is my take on the Cub from the title: Daigoro. I just love Daigoro. Being a little boy, he is so much more human than his father! At the same time, he is a Baby Bushi. Poor thing.


Meanwhile, there is some great ficcing going on at [community profile] hoggywartyxmas! I haven't read fic in a loooong time, but Hoggywarty is traditionally less ship-oriented than your average fest, which is always attractive for me. This year seems to be a particularly good one :). My personal faves so far:

The Incomplete Art of Cartography (G) by Anonymous - a wonderful, poetic, thoughtful story about three places that aren't on the Marauders' Map. Featuring Minerva McGonagall, Horace Slughorn and Remus Lupin - gen.

Humbug (PG-13) by Anonymous - Snape, hardly an expert gift-giver, has finally found the perfect gift for McGonagall. But somehow he has trouble getting it delivered. Includes Snape's close-reading of Dickens's Christmas Carol :D. Truly excellent, with a perfect Snape and delightful humour - gen.

My gift isn't up yet, but someone who wishes to stay Anonymous (though I'd recognise her art anywhere :D) has posted a lovely illustration to my (equally lovely) gift fic of last year, Reflections in Liquid by [personal profile] purplefluffycat. So I feel like I have been doubly 'gifted' :D.

Art: Shaggy Cloak (G)

Saturday, 25 August 2012 06:42 pm
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On occasion, I feel the urge to do something a little more fanciful with my characters' costume. My imagination is really limited, I fear, so everyone in the comic walks around in the same cloak and tunic, the Britons in breeches and the Irish in, well, no breeches. But now and then I have an idea for something a little bit different. Here I gave Gawain one of those famous Irish shaggy cloaks - only, it's a bit unusual in its colouring. But it's technically possible, so why not? :P

Shaggy Cloak )
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I never really posted about my all-new membership of [profile] westerosorting... I rather predictably ended up in House Tully, and now it is my duty honorably to win points for my family.

This picture was painted for the Modernisation contest. The challenge was to reimagine ASoIaF characters in a modern setting. For some reason, I started wondering what car the Starks would drive if they lived in a modern-day Winterfell, and I ended up with this. I don't particularly like cars and I don't think I've ever really drawn one, and while I was sketching this I repeatedly considered leaving the ugly thing out altogether, but that would rather have defeated the purpose of the whole picture, so I persevered :p.


Off To King's Landing... )

NB: Would you believe I mislaid my Sandor Clegane?! And he looked so promising D: ...

Art: Summer Child (G)

Sunday, 1 July 2012 01:05 pm
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No, I'm not on a major art spree with my broken limb; I'm finding it difficult to ink properly, so in fact not so much is going on art-wise. BUT this picture was painted a while ago, on the same day as my portrait of Lord Eddard in fact, as a birthday present for my BMF [profile] bettyboop_comic.

Little Bran Stark is one of my favourite characters in ASoIaF. He's one of the few child characters in the book who is actually childlike, though I guess that he, too, is rather mature for an eight-year-old. I'm not sure I like Bran's plot points, but I like the kind of little boy he is.


I'm particularly pleased with the colours in this one. I am awfully bad at mixing greys (I'm only slightly better at greys than blacks - the latter I don't manage at all), but that day the greys went swimmingly. Yippee! The texture of the paper (Daler-Rowney) did the rest...

Summer Child )
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I finished my portrait of the Starks. It was more difficult than I thought it would be with only one arm - after all, I need only one hand to hold a brush. Mixing paint was less easy, especially if paint has to be squeezed out of tubes, and just taping my paper to a board was simply hard :p. The worst was that I splattered paint over the top of my painting - not too much, fortunately, but enough to stain my original lightly :/. All in all it came out fine though :).

The complete image is large-ish, so I put it behind a cut. Have a detail first:


Lord and Lady Stark )

Clear line... ;)

Sunday, 3 June 2012 07:23 pm
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This weekend I have only line art for you. The idea is to colour it, but since I spent the best part of today doing the inks, I find I haven't the time to finish it before the end of the weekend... It's not that this drawing is particularly complex, but it *is* time-consuming. Probably just because I am really slow -_-.

I pencilled Lord Ned and his Lady Cat last Monday, on my day off, and transferred the drawing to watercolour paper. Today, while doing the inks, I made quite a few small corrections, so here's to hoping the paper hasn't suffered too much, or my painting is doomed before I start :/.

Ned and Cat )

This week: Gawain

Saturday, 19 May 2012 03:30 pm
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I haven't been drawing a lot - no, what am I saying? I have been drawing a lot while waiting for my ASoIaF books to come in, only I haven't any finished pictures to show for it. They're all sketches. But I did do one small painting of Gawain, on the last page of my A5 watercolour Moleskine. (I've bought a new one in the meantime; I'm an addict.)

I'm working on a few larger pictures at the moment, and because I'm not a particularly adept artist, they take some time. There's always something that doesn't quite work, and I don't want to do the definitive drawings until I've figured out how to correct (or, at worst, hide) the flaws. I'm pretty taken with the concepts though, so I'm trying to be patient with myself.

As far as ASoIaF is concerned, I have in the meantime reached page 403 of A Clash of Kings and find that my loyalties still lie firmly with House Stark. I miss Ned, partly because there are really so few decent people around. There's Sam Tarly and Jon Snow, and Catelyn, I guess, though I don't like her very much, a few more Starks, and there's Tyrion when he feels like it. Fortunately, the (unspeakably) bad guys don't turn me off the book, even though the decent people have a hard time of it. I love the chapters from Tyrion Lannister's perspective and really like him as a character, despite the fact that he's very much a Lannister, and I find Littlefinger and Varys a highly entertaining duo. I don't care much for Daenerys and I absolutely can't stand Theon Greyjoy - I hope his cool sister teaches him a lesson. I want to see more of Brienne, even if I wish she wouldn't be (seem?) so besotted with Renly. And I hope that Arya and Sansa will make it home...

*reads on*

From my sketchbook...

Saturday, 12 May 2012 04:23 pm
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Lokiiiiiiiii! My first attempt at the God of Mischief ;-). I slapped some quick Photoshop colours on my sketch.


- I forgot to post from DW this time around X/. I'm without Internet on my own computer at the moment; my cable is fine and my computer too, but somehow, no ethernet seems to be coming out of that little hole in the wall where my cable is attached :/. And I'm so used to posting at LJ that I just ... well, kind of forgot that I normally post from DW. Ah well. That's fixed now :-).

I'm just hoping I get my 'own' interwebs fixed soon, because life is hard without my favourites and without the possibility to post my images directly from my own computer -_-.


Sunday, 29 April 2012 07:07 pm
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I'm continuing my attempts to find a workable style for my definitive comic pages. Sometimes I feel I'm still a long way away -_-.

I have a colleague with a background in art/graphic design/comics who takes an interest in what I'm doing, but I can tell he's less than impressed with my colour skills :/. He has advised me to:
a) draw on coloured paper so that some of my colour values are already there;
b) work in monochrome.
But to be honest, I can't see myself doing either of these. Much though I like the idea of drawing on coloured paper, it's going to be a time-consuming technique (and I'm dead slow as it is) which, on top of that, doesn't scan too well. And for the second option to be successful, I'd need to know a LOT more about light and shadow. I am as hopeless with those as I am with colour, so as far as I am concerned, trying to adopt that tactic would be of no help at all.

In short, I'm no further :/.


This picture (in a small watercolour Moleskine) seemed really nice to me when I had just finished it, but I'm no longer sure :p. It did remind me that I'm still more comfortable inking with Staedtler pens than with any other tool... Yay, back to the start D:...
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The scanner is here! We went with Canon in the end, and the first few scans I made today are highly satisfactory :). If I use the 'photo correction' function, the colours come out nice and rich, which is what I had been hoping for. So YAY! from now on there will be updates again ;-). Here is Florie, for starters - before, I had to make do with a photo of this drawing, which came out much less bright than the original.


I'm itching to introduce Florie in the comic, but she's so far awaaaaaaayyyyyy... Grow up already, Gawain!

Art: 12 (G)

Saturday, 25 February 2012 02:56 pm
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I guess I'm exploring all sorts of future storylines because I'm still stuck on the present one :p. It's mostly because I need some action scenes with fighting and I haven't a clue on how to picture it in a way that makes Arthur and his men look like, you know, competent warriors. Maybe I should just throw in some messy doodles and get on with the story instead of being fussed about a fight :/.

Anyhoo - today's picture. This is about a year from where we are now in the comic... Little Gawain looks more serious than usual because of ... stuff that has happened in the meantime.


Still "Moleskineing" and loving it :-).
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I can end the year artistically: around noon today I (finally) finished my commission for [personal profile] mary_j_59. Mary had to be quite patient with me because her request posed a bit of a challenge, seeing as it contained not only a boy and a girl, but also a horse and a ... dragon. Not my normal fare. But I tried really hard, and so here it is: my illustration for A Drive of Dragons, Mary's children's novel-in-progress. I hope you like it :).

A Drive of Dragons )

Happy New Year, everybody!
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Last week, I said that I had the next sequence of the comic all written out. That wasn't a lie, only... Well, I'm going to rewrite it. I hadn't started laying it out yet because it didn't work quite so well as I would have liked. It was only yesterday night (and I do mean 'night' - it was 3.30 and I couldn't sleep) that I figured out that another take on that particular sequence might be better. So that's what I'm going to do. It is going to involve other characters and ... stuff.

Meanwhile, I have painted my first young Arthur. I am doing pictures to develop some of the characters that you will be meeting soon, but also to test paper types for the final comics art. This is the first one; I'll be posting the others too and compare them.

My technique is the following:
- I sketch my image in watercolour pencil.
- I ink with a Faber-Castell brush pen.
- I take a brush with water to the watercolour pencil lines to disperse them and turn them into a wash.
- I paint the picture.

I like this sketch-and-wash technique. It's relatively quick, effective, and not hyper-clean. Because the sketching stage takes place on the watercolour paper, I don't have to do any transfers and my line art is more lively and loose. HOWEVER. It does require a certain sturdiness on the part of the watercolour paper. I use a kneaded eraser during the sketch phase, and during the wash phase the paper gets rubbed. Apparently this can be problematic - see below.


This picture was done on Lana paper - 300 g/m² Cold-Pressed (NOT) paper with 25% cotton in it. Normally speaking, this is my favourite cold-pressed paper; November, Lullaby, Ride of the Valkyrie and the Shoe Series were painted on it. HOWEVER. This time round, painting on it was pretty tortuous. I couldn't lift any paint at all. This paper is not as annoyingly absorbent as my Fabriano - but as soon as my brush touched the page, the pigment was there to stay. I have never had this happen with Lana before, so I'm assuming that this is a result of the fact that I treated the paper more roughly than usual. The phenomenon is more striking in places where I used my eraser a lot :(.

So, on to the next paper. I have some Canson Montval and Bockingford/St Cuthbert's Mill to be tested...

Art, comic & stuff

Saturday, 24 September 2011 06:05 pm
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Richard III, drawn for [ profile] cabepfir :D.

I'm always extra nervous when working on a picture for her, because I know she could do so much better herself. *sigh* Well, I tried in my own simple way (look! all flat! shadow doesn't exist in my world! mwuahaha!) and hope she doesn't mind my quirks. Also, Gothic windows and Ricardian fashion = ♥.

I'm happy to say that working with this paper (Daler-Rowney) was quite a relief after the nerve-wrecking experience that was my Fabriano paper... Daler-Rowney is the paper I am thinking of using for the comic; I'm still testing a few others though. Funny enough, Daler-Rowney seem to be the only company (that I know of) to produce watercolour paper in standard paper sizes. This one is a straight A4, meaning I can scan the entire thing just fine. Oh the luxury.


On the comics front:

Sorry: no new pages yet :(. Blame it on Arthur - it's because I'm struggling with him that I just can't get a move on. I don't know him very well yet, and he's pretty important. Right now I'm working on a small Arthur portrait, because portraits tend to help me sort out my characters. Let's hope the good (soon to be) king decides to be a bit cooperative...

For some reason, I feel like sorting out my definitive character designs for The Darkest Hour and, you know, starting to draw the final art for the thing. I want to know what it can look like. And I want to have some definitive pages to show. I feel that until I have some of those, I have nothing to show for myself, or something. If I'm going to go to FACTS (certain) and to Angoulême ([ profile] cabepfir's idea, and I'd love to accompany her, if it is at all possible), I need to have some pages to show.

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The reveals are up at [ profile] hp_beholder, so I can post my contribution here - not that anyone who had ever seen any of my pictures could have any doubt about who drew [ profile] musamihi's gift... :P

As anybody here will know, I'm really not a shipper, and if I am to ship Snape with anyone at all, it will be with my OFC Brynhild - I don't find anyone in canon a likely partner for Snape. Okay, I do think he secretly has a crush on Narcissa Malfoy, but that's another can of worms.

In any case, for some reason I seem to do some of my best fanart when I draw Snape and McGonagall together. I'm rarely very happy with my own pictures, let alone very happy with them for long, but Unspoken takes its place next to Her Glasses on my very short list of Sigune Art I Can Still Bear To Look At And Even Be Rather Proud Of.

[ profile] cabepfir betaed this for me, because for anything more than a face or a single character standing up, I need advice and help -_-. Thanks again, Cecilia! *hugs*


Unspoken )

The reveals have also revealed (sorry) that the Mystery Author of my gift fic, Black Knight Moves Forward is [ profile] therealsnape :D. Thank you so much, TRS!


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