#tolya from the #grisha trilogy. #shadowandbone #leighbardugo

Love this. And there’s a little Jason Isaacs in that profile I swear it.

And this one got deleted, too?! Tumblr, why….




…sankta alina… sol koroleva… sun summoner…

My tribute to Alina Starkov from Leigh Bardugo's The Grisha Trilogy, a fantastic series of YA novels set in a Russian-inspired fantasy world and a lovely magic system.  I wanted to show her power (and the amplifiers!) rising out of the Volcra but also a little fear that comes with being an accidental heroine.

Final installment just came out!  Got mine signed by Leigh at the LA Book Release party. *o*  You should pick em up!

Done in traditional media: pen, marker, color pencil on toned paper (as usual).

leigh, if you are reading this, nilah, cassie and i would all gladly work on a grisha movie *coughcough*

OH. MY. WORD. I can’t tell you how much I adore this. Loved seeing the work in progress at the launch but oohhhhhhhh the final!!! Thank you so much for sharing it <3 

Seriously, Tumblr, are you kidding me, you deleted this one, too?! Re-blogging myself again because Tumblr is a shitface.

07/20/14 at 7:47PM
#art    #fanart    #the grisha trilogy    #alina starkov    #grisha   

Work in progress of the #darkling from the #grisha trilogy. Companion piece to Alina.

07/20/14 at 7:32PM



1-hour digital painting of Zoya from Leigh Bardugo's Grisha Trilogy.  Done at the request of Nilaffle.

Just finished Ruin and Rising.  I am bombarded with feels, and now I have to draw everyone….

Those lips! Those eyes! Zoya needs her own show. (And this is gorgeous! Ty!!)

Argh, again - I don’t like re-blogging my own work, but Tumblr deleted Zoya, too….

07/20/14 at 12:09PM



Harshaw (and “Oncat”), my favorite Inferi from Leigh Bardugo's Ruin and Rising.  I had to guess at his eye color a bit.

Nilah didn’t get her booked signed at the launch party, so we be going until the Fierce Reads Block Party!

Can’t stop. Won’t stop.  Gonna be a Grisha week.

HARSHAW!!! First Harshaw and Oncat fanart. Oh I love this so so so much!!!

Ugh. Tumblr deleted my Harshaw post, so now I have to re-blog myself…

07/18/14 at 10:13AM
#harshaw    #the grisha trilogy    #ruin and rising    #oncat    #art    #fanart    #grisha   

korol rezni… the king of scars

Nikolai Lantsov from Leigh Bardugo's The Grisha Trilogy.  I had to do him justice with a painting, but I’m sure he’s upset that he can’t make his hair all nice now that he’s part shadow-soldier.

I have a thing for rebellious guys with sharp wit and overblown confidence.  But what I really adore about this character is his evolution (although, that’s what I love about all of Bardugo’s characters).  His transformation in Ruin and Rising tests his personality so well, the perfect a blow against his ambition and hubris.

Other Grisha Art: http://www.fictograph.com/tagged/grisha

Anonymous asked:
Hi, i was wondering whats the specific name for that special pen (or whatever it is) you use to wet watercolor drawings?

I don’t actually use watercolor, so I’m guessing that you meant the Niji Waterbrush: http://www.dickblick.com/products/niji-waterbrush/

07/16/14 at 9:20AM
#art    #faq    #watercolor    #brush    #art supplies    #Anonymous   

Cleaned up my character design for Vin from Brandon Sanderson’s Mistborn, a book which inspired me to get back into my own storytelling. 

Included the construction, a 2D animation version, a 3D animation version, and a mistcloak version.

07/15/14 at 9:37PM
#cosmere    #vin venture    #allomancy    #character design    #costume design    #art school    #class    #cda    #jose lopez   

juanjolras replied to your post “Are all your drawings drawn by hand? They dont look computerized either. They just look so flawless, that it doesnt even seem they were drawn by a human!! You’re truly amazing.”

gahhhh that perspectice illustrationspost is still one of my fave things you’ve ever done. Were those colored digitally or traditionally, I can’t tell. Like what was the combo of digital/traditional you used? Digital lines, traditional color?

Ahaha, the ~~mystery~~.  It went like this:

  • Plot perspective digitally and print out blue lines.
  • "Ink" traditionally with mechanical pencil, scan back in.
  • Print cleaned lines on toned paper and shade values-only with marker and white pencil.
  • Scan back in and color using gradient maps and overlay/multiply/color layers.

They took a long time.  Not the most efficient process, but working traditionally gave the ability to be productive but still leave my house.  :|

((I get cabin fever really easily.))

07/15/14 at 11:07AM
#juanjolras    #art    #faq    #process    #traditional    #digital   
whimsicallymad asked:
Are all your drawings drawn by hand? They dont look computerized either. They just look so flawless, that it doesnt even seem they were drawn by a human!! You're truly amazing.

I really just use whatever’s easiest for the process or convenient at the time.  Like, I work traditionally while traveling but digitally for perspective drawings.

For example, this was done entirely in my sketchbook, and this was done entirely digitally.  This is a combination where I moved between both traditional and digital.

07/15/14 at 10:53AM
#faq    #art    #whimsicallymad    #traditional art    #digital art   

Tentative costume and face designs for Vin from Brandon Sanderson’s Mistborn for my Character Design class.

:(  I kind of dove into design hell, trying to push myself but I still don’t think I have enough stylization.  Not sure where I want to go from here, so could you let me know if you have favorites?

07/11/14 at 12:57AM
#mistborn    #cosmere    #costume design    #character design    #vin venture    #brandon sanderson    #art school    #class    #cda    #jose lopez   

I got a new sketchbook.  As tradition dictates, that means drawing my oldest original character, Rivek. This is entirely traditional media: pen, marker, and colored pencil on toned paper.

But I’ve learned a lot artistically this past year, and I really wanted to show it - color, lighting, composition.  I threw Willow and Vika in there for good measure, too, haha.  ;D

Previous iterations: I II III IV V VI VII VIII IX X

(Wow, I can’t believe this is my tenth one…)

07/08/14 at 2:32PM
#illustration    #artists on tumblr    #bird    #falcon    #falconer    #original    #mondigan    #wrath and pardon    #genomancer    #rivek    #willow    #vika    #art   

#kaworu #nagisa from #eva , an AX commission. My first and only animu boyfriendo. #nge #kaworunagisa

07/05/14 at 12:36PM
#nagisa    #eva    #nge    #kaworunagisa    #kaworu   

#AX #commission for #vtas . Stop by Saturday morning if you want one! AA Table G34/35.

07/04/14 at 10:25PM
#ax    #vtas    #commission   

Stress relief doodle. My original character, #rivek .

07/03/14 at 7:27PM