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I *may* have done just a few of these color studies over the last month. While this isn’t officially part of the assigned homework for my Schoolism class (Nathan Fowkes “Designing with Color and Light”), I started doing these after the teacher suggested it as an exercise in one of the lessons. Occasionally, if I see something “forming” in the strokes, I’ll play with it, but allowing myself to just be abstract and to not push for something representational (for the sake of this exercise) has really freed me up to learn more by just thinking about the color and tone interactions without having to consider whether they “look like something”. It’s been a good reminder of the value of periodically taking individual components of the art process and studying them separately for a little while, before taking what was learned and applying it again to the whole and the bigger picture. I also love that I can literally do these anywhere - while a lot of these were done on my iPad, this kind of study works well even on a little iPhone screen. Great way to keep learning and practicing even when there’s only small amounts of time between things.

Don’t actually “Meet the Artist,” she’s a sweaty, awkward loudmouth who will probably go in for a hug when you try to shake hands and think about it for four days straight.

Not Shown: tissue packs, nail clippers, bobby and safety pins, wound gel (listen, I come prepared), prob a bag of chips or some snacks, a fuckton of receipts and trash (that I hoard for absolutely no reason), pens and mechanical pencils, a mini sketchbook, a Galaxy Tab and Wacom stylus, and a switchblade (for good luck).

Artist Not Shown To Scale.  Artist May Look Larger in Mirror.  Use Hazard Lights When Approaching.  Do Not Wash With Bleach.

Raena has become an increasingly special character to me as I’ve continued writing Naddie’s story. She’s a forty-something, 5ft tall archery master, solid, dependable, and level headed, with a quiet optimism and an understated sarcastic streak that I’ve discovered more as I’ve written her. I’m really excited to have finally had the chance to work on her visual development again today, and I think I’m finally getting closer to pegging some of the things that visually convey my impression of who she is. Whew! Sorry to any folks I still need to catch up with in comments/email/etc. Today is the first day in a while that I’ve felt like I had a little more room to slow down and breathe.

[Please don’t delete my captions. Thanks! ^_^]


In my constant quest to improve and regain my fine motor skills, I decided to try using my iPad mini as a sketchbook, rather than upgrading to an iPad Pro. I like the pro iPads but they are too big to use comfortably in bed, especially when I’m too ill to sit at a desk.

Thankfully Wacom and a few other brands do make pressure sensitive styluses that work with minis so I grabbed one (Wacom Stylus 1) and I’m pleased with the result.

The sketch is from 2011ish and the painted version was done yesterday in Procreate. Mostly finding which tools fit best with how I like to paint. I went off course from the sketch, but I’m pretty pleased with the result.

-hopefully- I can get back into the swing of creating again.


Today I had a little Childhood marathon, watching Mulan, Hercules and The Prince of Egypt. I always had a crush on Disney princes and Shang was definitely a big one for me. So this sketch is 100% inspired by his look during “I’ll make a man out of you”! The whole naked chest/high waste pants thing is something I’ve always wanted to try for my elf crushes, and Finrod is definitely the Disney prince of Tolkiens Legendarium (I think anyways).

I’m not a big fan of the whole cell shading thing, so I tried to be a bit creative about it, and just draw something quickly and fun, so here he is, slightly sweaty in a mid-workout scenario! I also wanna try to define my fashion design for the different ages, because I do have a few theories that I’d like to try out! ^^ having gotten a new stylus for my iPad I feel more secure sketching on it which makes it a lot easier, as sketching always makes me feel bad for wasting paper! ;)

Good night, beautiful people! :heart:

Finrod © Tolkien

Art © me
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