It's pretty difficult as an artist to feel like I'm good enough or being productive enough. I find that it's a constant balancing act to keep that river of self doubt at bay. The best I can ever hope to do is keep it pinned down, and keep moving forward.
I can't give a ton of details at this point, so for now, here's a sketch, a few lil thumbnails, and two words: Salon Valkyrie.
A few people said this end result was a little dark and unexpected, but it IS a character I dreamed up in high school, and the only thing more dramatic than the me of the present was teenage me. Basically, it's meant to be an acidic, black slime type life form that's hollowed out a marble statue to give itself a more solid form. As it moves, the marble cracks and gives it a greater range of motion. Something like that!
I don't do printmaking often (mostly because I don't have a press, or access to one) but occasionally I'll get the urge to do a little linoleum printing because a wooden spoon is almost as good as a press for this process. Sort of. This first image is the digital sketch that I used to transfer onto the blocks.
And here we have the finished print in black and metallic gold. My only regret is that it's nigh impossible to digitally capture the glitter in it.
Potentially embarrassing but true, this is a redraw of what's more or less a high school OC. In original imaginings she had a top of some kind, and I briefly wondered if social media guidelines would require me to put little stars or something over her bits, but it looks like because this is a painting of a statue... I should be in the clear.
I totally don't smoke, but I'm still suckered into the tough, detached glamour vibe that smoking has in Noir films.
I've been sick for the past... almost week and a half... And I guess I'd like to thank a combination of love, soup and cough drops for the reduced amount of coughing these days. Now that I'm on the mend, you can count on more way drawing and a few more birds too.
The first in an ongoing series of small birds.
It was a sad day when Bowie passed early 2016. Here's to hoping 2017 doesn't take so many beloved artists.
A present for a hardcore Fallout 4 fan. Even now I still haven't played with John Hancock as a companion, but I really should one of these days. Before said Fallout fan finds out.
When I had used colored pencil for my work, it was nearly impossible to get a true black or decent contrast without introducing other media. It can definitely be done, but a lot of smooth papers good for colored pencil work don't handle liquid well (ink or watercolor being the preferred add-on. You can use gouache, but black/dark gouache will always scan differently than shiny, waxy colored pencil). Switching to ink has been really good for the dramatic lighting I've been wanting to do.
Another old favorite of mine- still figuring out how best to use both the traditional and digital parts of my process. This is a redo of an older, much less successful illustration for class.
I still don't consider myself very good with color- especially digital color despite how often I use it. But I came out of this was super pleased with everything about it. It was good for morale at the time- I was between semesters trying to keep up with making things, and moving out of my apartment on top of that. For that reason, it's also a pretty nostalgic piece for me.
This was a summer break project, and one that kind of set the tone for a TON of more recent work. Using parallel lines like this makes it easier to get even values with dye based ink, which soaks in pretty fast and can't be moved much once its down.
Honestly out of the three Samantha pieces, this one was my favorite. Partly because it was the most fun I'd had with textures up to this point, but also because it had the most digital intervention I guess? Adding or manipulating shadows has become super important in more current work.
This is the second of that series. One of my illustrations crushes Victo Ngai came in to our ink class to participate in the critique. She seemed to like my noir fish people enough, but was distracted by the previous crop of this image...
...In which the ceiling fan seemed to be... the source of drama. I guess it makes sense that that would happen with characters that can only stare upward, mouths agape. I did my best.
I took our friend from my previous post and continued using her for the next few pieces. This one, part of a series of three, was an assignment using two characters and three scenes... Which ended up being a super fun way to play around and find variety in repositioning existing elements.