I’ve always wanted to make a webcomic. That’s why I actually spend so much time drawing my characters. I don’t think I’m up for making the effort these days, but here’s something of what it would have looked like. Although looking at it now, I think I would make the backgrounds less garish.
Alima unsheathed her knife, cutting into the animal’s flesh. “Now, it gets below freezing in the desert at night, but that isn’t nearly enough to keep the flavor from coming through.” Putrid gas exploded from the cadaver’s innards, the sharp metal blade slicing into the rotted skin.
Jessica shook her head. “Okay, now your just being gross for the sake of gross.”
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.
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.
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.
I tried out making some character art with my new markers. It was a good learning experience, a chance to get to know the new medium I’m working in. Apparently, you should wait for marker ink to dry before you erase anything. That’s what the blurring on Jessica’s right arm is from.
I don’t like how the colors turned out. I tried to make a dark red by mixing the red and brown marker, but it came out too dark, and you can barely see that it’s red. Although, the scanning did change the colors somewhat, for example, her hair is not that blue in real life.
The next thing I need to do is buy some flesh tone markers. I went out to by some the day I wrote this, but I got lost on the way to the art supply store. Maybe I should order something online, but on the other hand, I’d like to be able to go somewhere were I can talk to people about drawing characters in marker.
I’m still trying to catch up with my buffer. To help with that, I decided to sit down and draw some faces. I don’t think you’d have any reason to know this, but the universes that these three characters are from are the worlds that have stuck in my head the hardest. It’s strange, but how much time I spend thinking about a universe doesn’t really relate to how much effort I put into externalizing it.
When I sat down to draw these faces, I decided to try something. I combined using ballpoint pen for the hard edges and used pencil to fill in the darker areas. I have to say, I like the effect.
I felt like I hadn’t drawn Jessica in a while, and I wanted to try some of the techniques I’ve learned recently on her. I got her hand the right size on the first try, even though the fingers were a bit of a pain. I’m not sure about the size of her shoes; on the one hand, they seem a bit small, but on the other, I kind of want them to be. I also used a bit of crosshatching to give her skirt a bit of depth. Did you notice? How do you think they turned out? Please leave your thoughts in the comments.
A quick little something I made using Piskel. Once again, this piece of pixel art is small and blurry, for the same reason as last time, namely, I overestimated how large each pixel would be on screen. Seeing as Piskel has a scaling function, I really have no excuse.
As for the art itself, it’s a portrait of Jessica, somewhat suitable for showing emotion with some accompanying dialogue. I made Jessica looking really freaked out about something in this one. I’m not sure what, maybe this is just the portrait used when the story needs her to go bug-eyed. I liked making the psuedo-gradient for the background, too.
Here’s a study I’ve been wanting to do for a while, and I felt like capping of a series of essays with a picture of the principal would be appropriate. I like how I managed to get color across in the full body sketch, how you can tell his clothes are supposed to be dark, even when you can see the white of the page through the lines. I made the feet to small again, though, I really need to work on that.
I get less happy with the faces as you go down the page. The top portrait is Darkwood’s default expression, an alarming smile, like he’s happy that something’s about to happen to you. The second face is what happens when he’s angry with someone. The last face was supposed to be what happens when everything falls away, and he sees someone’s soul, and they see his, but…I made the bottom face too angry. It’s the eyebrows, really, I made them too slanted inward. Just need to do better next time, I guess.