The last couple of books I’ve read have been really creepy science fiction and fantasy books, and I’ve found myself sketching some of the book’s protagonists while at work.
First, Sonmi~451 from Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell. Some of the book’s interweaved stories I liked more than others, but the disturbing dystopian story about a mass-produced Korean clone gaining sentience was my favorite one.
Next, Arha (also known as Tenar) from Ursula LeGuin’s Earthsea book The Tombs of Atuan. Arha is a girl stolen from her family to serve as a priestess for the ancient nameless gods that sleep in the lightless maze under her temple. It’s a middle-grade book that handles some pretty mature themes about losing one’s identity and faith.
And finally, Lilith and her alien guide/partner, Nikanj, from Lilith’s Brood by Octavia Butler. Wow, you guys. After a war renders the Earth uninhabitable, Lilith and other survivors are rescued by an alien species who agree to restore the planet and help the human race survive… if they accommodate the aliens’s need to merge with them, genetically. It’s eerie and extremely well-written.
All right, Cedreau and I challenged each other to draw our Pokemon trainer personas, and since she drew herself with a very handsome Ghastly, I thought I’d draw my dream team from one of my old Leaf Green games: a Vileplume, a shiny Golbat named Pocky, and my prized Nidoqueen, Dame Judi Dench.
Just got scolded again by my mom for painting a girl with big hips.
Her: “You need to make her skinnier. You don’t really want that published, do you?”
Me: “Bigger girls can do things, too, though..”
Her: “She’s huge!”
Me: “…She’s… skinnier than me, though…”
Her: “Well you said you’re on a diet. Make her skinnier. She’d be so much prettier.”
Here’s the drawing in question, by the way.
I - I don’t even know what to say.
I’ve got a special little item debuting at SPX - it’s 16-page minicomic I put together using excerpts from the sketchbook I kept during my 4 weeks in Wyoming. Along with sketches done from around the ranch, it includes stories of my interactions with baby bears, Brownie Scouts, and loaded firearms!
My travel journals are always a little loosey-goosey, but I’m pretty proud of how this turned out. It can be yours for $2.
Habbabaatar Khan, a young librarian who’s biking through the French countryside to her cushy new job in Paris. Oh, and in her world the Mongol Empire succeed in their total conquest of Europe in the 13th century, utterly changing world history forever.
I think this is the first time I’ve drawn Habba in 4 years. She was the protagonist of a shortish comic named Khanum I did in 2008, which I totally forgot about until yesterday. I still like that kind of Man In The High Castle style alt-history - maybe I’ll return to it someday.
More refined version of the sketch from earlier.
I’m trying to get better at lighting and color blending in Photoshop. Faces and skin is my next big challenge. >:I Any advice?
How the hell does lighting work.