This woman looks upset about something. That’s something I decided to make her while I was drawing. I made this piece to practice working with proportions, in particular, legs, but my drawings are not complete when I imagine them. Because of this, they are transformed by the act of putting them on paper.
This piece came out darker than I wanted.
Part of this was me not waiting for the black marker outlining the aura-trendils to dry. I knew that the ink would smear and get into the orange, but I thought taking the brightness out of the orange was worth trying. It came out darker than I wanted, and at any rate, I now realize that I was envisioning a much brighter orange in the space between the lines.
The other reason the picture came out too dark was Alima’s skin. When I was working in colored pencil, I was using a very specific shade of light brown for Alima’s skin; specific enough that it wasn’t shared between to brands, each with a pencil labeled ‘light brown.’ Naturally, the six skin-tone markers that I use didn’t have the right shade, but I went with what I had that was closest. It worked out okay, I guess.
You never got to see that Yomi wears face paint until now. It’s not the kind of face paint that comes through in black and white, much less in the unfinished sketches that I’ve put her in up until now, but it’s always been a part of her gimmick in my head. Something else that I can show in color that I couldn’t in black and white: shading. I used two different fleshtones for Yomi’s skin, and I rather like the effect. I don’t have the markers for shading the blue fabric, but edge shading is something that I rather like.
I managed to get Yomi’s shoulders to look like I wanted them two, but the rest of her arms look weird; too long, even though I want her to have rangy. I also for got to draw her bandages. In addition to working on drawing limbs, I might want to look into learning how to use a model sheet. It’s something to think about, anyway.
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I bought a set of skin-tone markers about two months ago, and this is the first time I’ve gotten around to using them. I regret not getting to this sooner, but anyway, I really wanted to color in Emily first. Her variety of skin tones gave me a chance to use every marker I had in the set.
There are six markers in the set. Three were of lighter skin tones, and three were of darker shades of brown, although to my disappointment, the differences between the lighter shades weren’t particularly noticeable. In particular, the lightest shade, which I used for Ms. Frankenstein’s chin, wasn’t quite as light as I hoped.
Also, the marker’s brush tips made the ink come out wonderfully smooth. In addition to the feeling of it coming out on paper, it also gives nice solid blocks of color. I noticed bleeding to the other side of the page, but as this didn’t leave anything on the surface below, I think it’s fine.
I bought some gel pens recently. A problem I kept having with ballpoint drawings was that the ink came out unevenly, and I thought that gel pens might help with that. These drawing are my first experiments with the new pens, and from what I can tell, the ink does come out more smoothly. I did have issues with the line not appearing on the page for part of the stroke, but I’m not sure if it’s the pen, how I was holding it, or if there was an issue with the paper.
Once again, I had issues with black ink dilution.
I used India ink to fill in the wide spaces on this picture. If you’ve never used India ink, it’s basically particles of black pigment suspended in liquid. This means that it can come off the brush in little grits, like powder was sprinkled on the page.
To prevent this from happening, I dip my brush in water before I load it with ink. Unfortunately, this means that instead of turning into particles, the ink simply dilutes into a gray instead of a solid black. I tried to use the result to represent Alima’s dark skin, but the results were uneven.
Maybe I should have just used markers instead.
The picture is a continuation of this one, this time including some supporting characters. I’ve find that I’ve fallen out practice drawing faces, which is one of the most basic skills that I have. I suppose that I could say that I haven’t had the time to keep up with things, but that isn’t going to be true pretty soon here.