Working on fan art gives me a great chance to try new techniques. This Link design combines color pencil with Photoshop and photography. I’ve also mixed a semi realistic style drawing with strongly emphasized organic lines that connect to each other. This is the first in a series of fan art from the Legend of Zelda.
I picked two simple but handy tools that you might not see very often. The cap for color pencils saves the point and lets me know which points are ready to go. They are great for use with your travel sketchbook. And then there’s the handy pencil extenders that give nice balance to the short bits […]
This is my completed portrait of the character Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke) from the HBO series Game of Thrones. To keep this simple and accessible, the paper is simple brown paper, the kind used to make paper bags. There are only 8 colors of pencils used in this design but four different brands of white […]
The plan was to draw the hair flowing or windblown. But a comment inspired me! Here’s what happened. I post my works in progress (#wip) on Instagram. A comment was made by follower @xavinerv … “Can’t wait to see it finished!!! ‘Dragons are rising’”. That gave me the idea to turn the pattern of her […]
Adding pink, lavender and white at this point to start the shaping of the face. The warmth of the pink and peach tones help to give the roundness to the face. I use the lavender to cool the shadows. Warm advances, cool recedes
Here’s the start of the artwork. It will be a portrait of the character Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke) from the HBO series Game of Thrones. Blocking with large areas of color and establishing my darks and lights. At this point I’m mostly trying to set the feeling. Four colors of pencils in this so […]
I’ve had many questions about using brown paper. This series is about using simple and accessible materials in unexpected ways. I started with shopping bags in the beginning of the series and then got a manufacturer’s end roll of the brown paper when I needed a larger drawing surface. If you’re interested in trying this, […]
This illustration is the second in my series using recycled or up-cycled materials. My inspiration was the story of The Wild Swans by Danish writer Hans Christian Anderson. The materials are simple on this piece, brown bag paper and black and white pencils. The Wild Swans in progress