Crash: step by step

Got another commission from Aura, this time for a fanfic scene based on the Fleetway (European) Sonic comics. In that universe, when Sonic turns Super Sonic, he goes absolutely insane and destroys everything around him.

Anyway, in this scene, Super Sonic has just made the Tornado crash. Everybody survived and is hiding, so when Sonic turns back to normal and wakes up, there’s nothing but wreckage and nobody around. And they don’t dare come out for fear that Sonic will go Super again.

I played Sonic 3 with this in mind, and whaddya know … when Sonic turns Super, he does indeed destroy everything around him. Fleetway was pretty observant when they were writing their universe.

Anyway! Onto the pic.

Rough sketch:

I got no feedback on it, but I was rushing to finish because of internet deadlines, so I went on and worked on it.

I did ink each layer, but I didn’t get a shot of that. Whoops.

Anyway, first the gradient …

I’ve used this particular gradient before. It’s very nice for evening scenes.

Then some background work … Very unrefined because most of it is behind other stuff.

Then the foreground trees and leaves, to establish my darkest tones.

Then the foreground characters, inked, colored, shaded, and darkened, to make them look like they’re hiding. Painter’s Soft Blender tool is wonderful for rushed shading. Scribble it on any way you like, then smooth it all out with the Blender.

Last of all, the background with sad, sad Sonic, who is still on the edge of Super Sonic, hence the glowing ends of his spikes.

I need to do a little more work on it, but the biggest chunks of work are all done.

Next up, I want to do a space picture. With galaxies and planets. I downloaded some really nice stock planets off DA, so we’ll see how it goes. 🙂


I love my husband’s fantasy universe. Such fun art fodder. This is the main character’s sister, who, as it turns out down the road, is a gravity mage. She can change gravity by dancing. So here she sits on the wall, just for the novelty of it.

I drew the living room by turning my head sideways. It was kind of a challenge. I know I could have just rotated the sketch, but eh, it was fun. 🙂

Also, did you know that James Gurney, author/illustrator of Dinotopia, has a blog? *all excited*

Big dragon, little girl

I haven’t done Charr and Dusk in a while, so here’s a sketch.

I love the contrast of little girl vs. big ugly dragon. Charr is actually a little too big here, but it’s more dramatic. And Charr always looks grumpy. He’s always been the big grumpy grandpa sort of character in my mind. The grouch with a soft heart, or he wouldn’t lug Dusk around with him.

Hydrangea challenge

I just discovered the blog Inspiration All Around Us. They post art challenges every two weeks, and you can paint whatever the challenge is and submit it.

When I popped in and discovered the site, it was because another lady artist I watch had done a painting for the challenge.

Here’s the photo we’re supposed to paint:

Here’s the monstrosity I cobbled together this evening.

I was trying to capture the colors as I see them, and also suggest the shape of the blooms without actually drawing every last petal. It needs quite a bit more work, but I’m pleased with the way it’s going. Kind of fun doing an art challenge of something I don’t usually draw, like an annoyingly complex compound flower. 🙂