Violet Flame


Not great but it’s been a while. Life messes you up sometimes, but not forever.



Just doodling.


ruby Weirdly enough, this photographs worse than it looks in real life! So, this was a watercolor experiment…I’m not getting the hang of them *quite* yet. Watercolor is not forgiving, so I had some bleeding issues as well as “crap painting over this too much just…removes the paint” and had a lot of trouble getting the color and shadows of her skin right. I think I need to stop treating it like a pencil probably, and treat it like watercolor. I don’t think I’m going to get subtle gradation or the perfectly mixed skintone. (As you can see here by the filthy, splotchy look of it.) She should look more chic than homeless. Or like she has a beard. But oh well. It’s a learning process.

Economy of Line

flirtydisgusted eyes

Homework #2. I did this SO WRONG. Haha. There was a warmup exercise with 24 practice faces (the same 12, two times), that were supposed to be QUICK, SIMPLE drawings. This expressions sheet was supposed to be 25 faces, I THINK with time involved, and the same person 24 times. I instead did these as simple doodles and let the face be whatever it felt like. Oops. I don’t like all of them, so I only included two I liked here.

The other exercise was 50 sets of eyes, in ink. What’s interesting is I think the expressions and age/sex variation in the eyes got more varied as I went on, because I was struggling to make them different from each other. …And yes there’s only 48. Shh.



I don’t know why this is so horrifying. Definitely not my usual lady portrait!

Three Styles


This was my first assignment for an online illustration course I’m taking. Take an image (in this case, a random profile photo that showed up in my Facebook Feed… thank you Lacey for unknowingly becoming my subject!) and draw the image in three distinctly different styles of other artists you like.

1) Describe each style you chose to emulate. I tried Fiona Staples, Jim Mahfood, and Ira Sluyterman van Langeweyde. Fiona is really good at economy of line, and doing a lot with a little (linework, that is). Jim is all over the place and wild, and I don’t think mine was very successful. His hand is loose and he balances heavy ink with tiny quick lines. Ira’s style is super cute, round, and soft, with big eyes and a beautiful use of controlled watercolor and depth/shadow.

2) What did you learn while working on each of these? I feel like my own “style” is more unique than I thought, because purposely trying to copy other styles was REALLY FREAKING HARD. Way harder than I expected. I’m also too impatient to spend lots of time on one drawing…but I think I knew that about myself already.

3) Which one was easy for you? Which one was the most challenging? Why? The watercolor, surprisingly, I think came out the best. But my impatience and inexperience with them led me to painting too soon on wet areas that I assumed were dry, and then lots of bleeding and trying to fix it…oops. Jim’s style was the hardest. I think I really struggled against my natural movements and control. It felt more like my lines were an afterthought and trying to make it look messy than really understanding the process itself.

4) What elements of your experience would you like to apply to future projects? I really like the use of watercolor for color and shading (I used to use marker a lot, but I like how the watercolor came out. I think I need to try to break out of my comfort zone more often in general. Too often I think I draw from habit and muscle memory, which isn’t really good practice. I mean, it is, but not in a necessarily beneficial way that will grow my skill and make me a more versatile artist.

What the JUNK?


junkQuick little sketch.

Jubilee Redux


Ink and colored pencil. It’s difficult to do these things without a photo reference, but I like how it turned out!



Quick ink sketch of Jubilee, my favorite of the X-Men. No pencil here, straight pen, which is not at all forgiving, but I think it’s good practice.

Work In Progress (Update: 1/20/2016)

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djWork in progress. Probably won’t be finished until next week at least, or whenever I have time to work on it at the office during my lunch break. I definitely am going to change a lot, such as the darkest shading on her skin. The color is just a little off.