Drawing more girls plus fight scene

Been trying to make more art lately, try out new techniques! I’ve also had to rip back my last book and rewrite the last third of it. I took a hard look and it just … had to happen. But the new stuff is coming along, bit by bit. Readers will be so glad I did this to the book. They might actually enjoy it. :-p

My personal challenge to draw more girls continues:

Except I have to sneak cute guys in there sometimes. This is Max and Sorrel. Sorrel was in an accident and has road rash scars on her face and neck. Max thinks she’s beautiful anyway.

This one is very purple. This is Lethia Marr Dasa, a voidmage who can rip the life force out of people. When she first got her powers, she hated them and thought she was evil and broken.

Action scene from a fanfic. I wanted to try out the angled perspective with a hero and a villain, and I like the way it came out. Inching ever closer to being able to make my books into graphic novels.

Armored gal

I spent most of the week working on the cover for my next book, but I’m not ready to show that off yet. So have a pretty gal in armor:

I was trying a new tutorial for shading and I liked the way it turned out. But I wanted it to be shinier, so I’m going to try that with my next attempt. Also, my Discord voted that I need to draw more pretty girls, so I’m working on that.

That’s pretty much all I got to do this week. The baby has decided to not sleep during my morning art time, due to the sun rising earlier. So … less art time means less art. :-p

Catching up with arts

It’s been so long since I updated, WordPress updated their interface and didn’t tell me. Yikes. Things have been nuts lately around here. I post my art in so many different places, I forget about my poor blog. Anyway! Here’s some new stuff:

A couple of Destiny guardians on a speeder.

Ice powers are hard to control.

That’s the stuff I’ve been drawing in between commissions and stuff. Here’s the giant commission that cleaned my clock for the last month:

This was done for H.L. Burke. These are the main superheroes in her book series, the Supervillain Rehabilitation Project. It kind of takes the drama of the Marvelverse and moves it to the page, where you can employ all the special effects in your mind’s eye. 🙂

Sketching characters

I’ve been working on a commission for the last week or so, so I haven’t actually finished anything. Here’s the sketches I’ve done around the edges:

Kari gets five minutes with Jayesh in his isolation cell.

A character from one of Shari Branning’s upcoming books. Sean. Cute guy. Food blogger. Assassin.

Jayesh and Crow making a big show of meeting for the first time.

Sometimes you get more than you asked for when you kiss a teammate.

I suppose I should actually finish something, but this commission I’m working on is eating my lunch. It’ll be a while before I have the bandwidth for anything else.

Various fanarts

I think I went two weeks this time between updates, yikes. So here is the random stuff I’ve been working on. Just fanart of various things, mostly.

Bandages

The above was fun to do, because I was going for a charcoal look. This is fanart from Destiny 2.

Next, this one takes some explaining.

My husband has been playing the latest World of Warcraft expansion. In Shadowlands, you are trying to travel to the lowest level of the afterlife. Meanwhile, my kids have been playing Hades, a game where you try to reach the top level of the afterlife and escape. I joked about the hero, Zagreus, meeting the player from Warcraft on the way down. Of course he gives them directions.

Told you this one took some explaining.

Next, a process pic of an artwork I worked on for a whole week.

In Destiny 2, they came out with this really cool constellation outfit for each class. The warlock one is based around Pegasus, and has wings and stuff. (Notice the horses on the chestpiece!) So I just had to draw it alongside a guy with the fire wings and sword. I didn’t really intend any deep meanings in it, but it’s been amusing to see people analyze this pic and draw all these meanings from it.

That’s all I’ve got for now. It’s been fun to try some very different styles and play around with them. I need to get back to work doing actual book cover art and stuff, though.

Making of a comic

One thing about videogames is that sometimes they offer up a tantalizing paragraph of story that just begs to be expanded.

I did that with this little dialogue snippit from a recent quest in Destiny 2: Beyond Light. This is from the Hawkmoon quest, when Crow is telling you about the various keepsakes he’s stashed away in his lair.

Here’s the sketches:

Most of the work happened in the sketch stage, really. Painting it was just putting meat on the bones. I could have made it look even nicer if I’d had more time, but alas, I had to paint as fast as I could for an hour and a half and that was al the time I had.

I love doing comics like this. I hope I can do some more soon.

End of November art

I tried to a bit more artwork this week, so let’s see what got made:

Fanart for a character in Destiny 2. I’ve waited for this character’s storyline for two years, and now that it’s starting up, I am very happy.

Giftart for a writer in my Discord. This is her steampunk cowboy dude.

“I did, and I’m so sorry,” Kari said. “You deserve better. I see that, now. I hope you can forgive me, because I don’t want this to end. You’re too wonderful.”

“I forgive you,” Jayesh said softly. He cupped her face in both hands and stroked her cheeks. Healing magic still poured from his touch. He pressed his forehead against hers and closed his eyes. “I’ve been an idiot,” he whispered. “I let you suffer. I’m so sorry.”

“Kiss me, then, you big idiot,” she whispered back. “I’m giving you permission.”

His eyes opened, inches from hers. He smiled, a little nervously, then touched her lips with his own.


Bit of a story excerpt from the next After Atlantis book. Not Mercurion, the one after it, which I’m already writing it. Maybe I should get Mercurion finished and published, huh?

A girl falls in love with a dead man’s soul trapped in a gun. Based on the game Transistor.

I wanted to try to paint a pic in this particular style, so I went with one of my Destiny characters. Unfortunately, I can’t exactly do the concept art style I was trying for, so it wound up being my own thing.

That’s it for this week! Been writing a lot and not drawing quite so much. Hope everybody had a good Thanksgiving! We’re now rocketing toward Christmas.

More Inktober2020

Welp, it’s the end of the first week of Inktober. I started off trying to do some prompts, but I can never seem to stay on track. I just go off into the weeds and draw whatever I feel like. XD

Off duty

I didn’t have much time to do this, so I cheated all over the place with stamps and stuff. Still took me two days. :-p

I have a mission for you.
Sure, as soon as I can get the old tub running.

I thought that tracing over a spaceship model would be easy. I was wrong.

This dumb little comic came about from watching a Destiny stream one night. One of the guys accidentally started the boss fight by whacking it from the next room. Nobody knew he could throw a hammer that far. My hubby gave this to the streamer the next day and he thought it was great. 😀

Headed to a costume party

Had a lot of fun with this one. Mom and Dad are being friendly and the kid is oblivious. Just like real life!

Someday I will be good enough at human anatomy to NOT take two hours in the stick figure stage.

The beginning of Inktober2020

Hooray for Inktober! It’s starting to cool off, if this pesky high pressure system would ever budge off the western US. In the meantime, it’s time to draw like mad! In ink, so you can’t erase your mistakes! That’s one of the things I enjoy most about it.

Anyway, I spent an entire week writing and not drawing a bit, so I don’t have much to show in the way of arts. Here’s my scribbles, such as they are.

“Please take off your helmet? Just once?”
“I don’t think it’s a good idea.”
“Please. For me.”
“All right.”
*gasp*
That feeling when you’ve been dating the villain.

Destiny arts!

Not much to show, really. By next week, I will have done a lot more stuff. Trying to get faster at these ink scribbles. I’m all rusty at speed art and I have to work back up to it.

Figure practice makes for hot bods

A friend gave me George Bridgman’s Constructive Anatomy, so I’ve added that to my study alongside Andrew Loomis’s Figure Drawing For All It’s Worth. Now I really feel like I’m taking an extremely challenging art class. Here’s what I’ve done this week:

I left the construction lines in the sketch, so you can see all the detail. I did my yuppie armor treatment (all black figure, three values in basic shapes for the armor, a few details here and there) and it turned out looking great.

This was when I started working on Bridgman’s book. He builds figures a bit differently than Loomis, concentrating on the masses. Lots of twisting figures, so I tried to draw some. Then I tried to figure what in the heck a real person would be doing to get into some of these poses. Looking over their shoulders, obviously.

Jayesh and Tane from Vid:ilantes

I figured I’d draw a scene from what I was writing this morning, so here are Jayesh and Tane. Tane is a really huge guy, and Jayesh is average, so there’s quite a disparity in their sizes. My grasp of anatomy isn’t great, but I’m working on it. Wish I could say I only had one problem area, but at this point, everything is a problem area. More practice needed!