Making an Illustration in Colored Pencils

colored pencil art and illustration set up

This post is going to be informal because that’s how I do.

Normally I work with Copic markers (they have SO MANY colors available and are easy to blend, but are pricey like woah).

However, I’ve been itching to do some new illustrations in a technique I haven’t employed for a long while – colored pencils. It’s not that I don’t like colored pencils. It’s just I don’t get to use them everyday because my default when it comes to coloring anything is markers.

So I’m making what I call a “test illustration,” an illustration made just to practice with the tools. Kind of like my Native American woman, my last illustration I made with watercolors.

First thing I did was I drew – and shaded – the whole image with graphite pencils. Continue reading “Making an Illustration in Colored Pencils”

Native American Woman Painting from Start to (Almost) Finish

A little while back I did a watercolor painting of a Native American Woman in a headdress (I’ll get into why I made this painting in a minute). I started with the sketching process, which is documented in this time-lapse video. Then I moved on to the washes…

Native_American_Woman_Painting_1

I started with the background (always start with the background first). Then I waited for it to dry before moving on to the next color, the hair. Then I waited for THAT to dry before moving on to the next color… Continue reading “Native American Woman Painting from Start to (Almost) Finish”

Fan Art (Among Other News)

Not gonna’ lie, most of the art I’ve made this week has been… fanart. Of Dragonball Z.

You have no idea of how much love I have for this series. (I wrote a little about it in this post.)

metacooler from dragonball z return of cooler

I also wanted to try some things in Manga Studio because I haven’t fully experimented with it until recently.

Anyway, the characters I’ve been drawing actually come from the movies in the Dragonball Z series, especially Return of Cooler and Bojack Unbound. Continue reading “Fan Art (Among Other News)”