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…)
I got a commission from heartbrokengirlsketches of my two characters. I’m a real big ice skating dork, and they are, too. I just love the long lines and the stellar inkwork on this image! I love the way the colors blend, too. Wow, they’re so cute! :D Thank you so much!
My new job hasn’t left much time for drawing or writing (or anything). This is pretty much everything I’ve done since October. What you saw during those months was all a queue, but it’s run out now. Sorry.
I’ve been reading too much Norse mythology on Wikipedia and watched too many episodes of Vikings, so I drew Willow in some wilding gear with her birdy-boo.
This piece will be on sale ($85) at The Hive Gallery's non-themed show in Downtown LA on February 8.
Coding has been really soul-sucking lately, so I’ve been buying sketches from wonderful Tumblr artists to make up for it.
I met Jovaline as part of the Ladies of Literature zine. She is such a sweetheart and has a great sense for books. I got one of her commissions for Typhoon Haiyan aid. I really love how she pays attention to story and character interaction. She has a wonderful quality in her shapes and flow! Such a romantic drawing! <3
:D Why draw my characters when other people can do it better for me?
Mintyburps posted this gorgeous colored sketch commission, so I asked to get one of Willow. I just love the sunlit colors and the shapes made by her dress. The spiraling silhouette is so beautiful, and the pattern just continues through the whole drawing form her hair to her designs. Thank you so much! *o*
Borrowed Fictograph’s always lovely Willow. Don’t worry Rivek, Fasis and her are just having a polite chat while Willow rests from dancing and Fasis retreats from the livelier parts of the party.
:D Awww! Thank you so much! They look absolutely lovely. And Fasis seems like such a gentleman (a large improvement over a certain bird brain). I wonder what they’re talking about…
:D Again, thank you so much!
Willow and Rivek: the epitome of their relationship.
Facinating… It has taken on a life of its own by the look of things. Googled the names, and found references back in 2006, then this fictograph website where she appears to be developing the characters? Intriguing!
Uh, lol…. I’m the OP. Just to clear things up, this is artwork I drew featuring characters I’m developing - have been developing since 2003 under various screennames. They’re not linked to any published media.
Thanks for re-blogging from source and leaving my comment in. :)
I like to imagine Will comes up with a million slightly-insulting-but-mostly-endearing nicknames for Rivek, mostly along the lines of “Feathers” and “Birdbrain.”
Rivek just calls her “Dearling.” (Get it? “Deer”? Hurrhurr. Double entendre FTW.)
The worse I feel, the more I just want to draw cute things. Quick doodle from when I was at the doctor (HK has an amazing and affordable healthcare compared to the US).
Let me just get paid to draw kawaii smooches all day.
Merry belated Christmas and happy Boxing Day to you Canadians!
Willow and Rivek are going to celebrate by eating copious piles of take-out in their Brooklyn apartment.
Willow tore up the paper. ”A ball? Why, in his right mind, would my brother think I’d go to a ball?”
Rivek crossed his legs and took another sip of gin. “Andell just wants to see you land a nice, charming husband. Or better yet, a rich one.”
As she threw the scraps onto table, she paused and turned to him. ”Unless…”
He winked. ”I’m flattered, but I’m afraid my accompanying you defeats your brother’s purpose.”
She held up one of the scraps. It read, “Hiring: Bartenders.”
"You always say I don’t pay you enough."
I’m fashionably late to the party, but here are Willow and Rivek all dressed up for the OC Ball!
Feel free to ask her for a dance… or just flirt with the bartender. (He might give you a free drink… before stealing your wallet.)
I once tried to draw my original characters as mythical creatures, but I failed horribly. Here’s me doing it again.
The originals will be on sale at The Hive Gallery in Downtown LA, running December 7th to 28th.
Quick sketches of my characters.
The sun rose over Rivek’s shoulder. He sighed, “I need to leave for work.”
Willow twirled his tags between her fingers and muttered, “You’re going to fly away and put a knife in someone, aren’t you?”
"Wouldn’t dream of it." He whispered. “I’m smarter than that - it’ll be an arrow.”
For Rivek's birthday (I have an hour left…), I decided to do my first, original, entirely digital, painting. From sketch to value to color, it’s probably also my best with a full, lit, setting. Looks like my classes have paid off. Twenty-five years and one Cintiq later, I’m no longer afraid of Photoshop. :)
Nine years ago, I picked November 21st as my main character's birthday. Since then, I've used it as a floating holiday to re-invest some time into my original characters and ideas.
I’m in love with the burnout wedding concept, so I drew this doomed couple: a penniless healer-princess and her shapeshifting convict bodyguard. Because relationships aren’t about who’s the most attractive who’s the most practical, but who’s going to be there when you need them.
Stay tuned for more later tonight. :)