In case you missed it, I did a livestream this past Saturday! Watch as I draw a modern-day Valkyrie to completion. (I’m so proud of how this turned out!)
I drew this skeleton fiddler as a commission for someone last month. I think he turned out well!
I drew this entirely digitally, on Clip Studio Paint. It’s my program of choice, because PhotoShop is a hard drive hog and CSP is much smoother and easier to manage.
I can’t remember the exact year that Plump the Post happened. But I think it was no later than 2018.
Plump the Post was a zine collecting art made by and for fat representation. For my entry, I wanted to highlight chubby genderqueer people because they’re valid, too.
(Also Hollywood has a tendency that even IF they highlight trans characters, they’re, 99.9% of the time, skinny.)
The model who served as inspiration for this piece was a friend of a friend, a chubby trans dude whom I am not naming to protect his privacy.
Is the zine available for sale? Well, it’s here.
Will there be another issue? Hard to say.
But I’m glad I participated in it.
I drew this Shadow Man sketch back in 2015. I THINK I used Sharpies, but it’s been 5 years since I drew this. So I don’t remember. But this was drawn in a Strathmore sketchbook, which is my sketchbook of choice. I just prefer spiral-bound papers. Things that lay flat make me happy.
The motif of a pure black shadow being with white eyes happens A LOT in my sketchbooks. Part of this is because I’ve been inspired by the Heartless in Kingdom Hearts for a long while. I dig the monster designs in that series. (Then again, I like drawing monsters. Obviously.) And when I was a teenager playing that game for the first time, the image of a pure black shadow with creepy, pale eyes burned its way into my subconscious. It’s haunted me ever since.
But I also REALLY like adding details to costumes, like border designs. (Like the ones in this illustration). If I ever see zentangles, or Eastern European costumes, or Islamic patterns, I am ALL OVER those. What can I say? Patterns are fun.
So I sketched this to play with high contrasts: black and white, simple and detailed. It was fun to draw!
…I want to draw more things like this, actually. Maybe I’ll make it my Inktober theme? (Holy heck I need to pick a theme for Inktober this year. I keep waffling between several good ideas).
BUT I WILL say – this sketch could be considered a proto-Mocktaw.
Mocktaw are the black shadow creatures from The Legend of Jamie Roberts. It’s my weekly webcomic about a genderqueer pirate and friends adventuring in a land full of dragons. If you like this guy and want to see more like him, check out the comic.
That’s all for now. Thank you for reading!
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I drew this Earth Giant back in January of 2019. Mostly to play with shadows and inks.