Thursday, July 26, 2012

26 Portraits : Update Three

It's been about a month between no' 8 and 9, but I'm back on track. Again, there's some links in their names.

Nine : Kat

Eleven : Melissa

Twelve : Éanna

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Monster Mommas

I've been wanting to do something like this for awhile. Yesterday I came into some A3 card (well... I bought it...) and began to plot. A bigger space to work with makes for some fun times. I do need to buy more black ink though, and a good watercolour set when money allows for it. 

Anyway, so far here's my monster mothers, Morticia Addams and Lily Munster. 

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

26 Portraits : Update Two

I was meant to put this one up a while ago. I had taken a break from this series to get stuff ready for ArcadeCon, then I got very distracted with other work. I will finish the last 18 before summer's over though.

I've included links in their names too so you admire their writing, art, feats of aerial wonder and other such accolades.

(These aren't in the order that they were done)

Five : Sylvia K

Six : Pádraig 

Seven : Brian

Eight : Emily

0.2 pigment liner (Sharpie, Promarker) on Letraset marker paper

Monday, July 23, 2012

Bhu-Tan Fan

This is fast becoming the strangest and most fun ways of learning about animals and other cultures... This lady is related to the Takin, the national animal of Bhutan. Also, Bhutan's flag has a dragon on it! And the king's crown has a skull... Learning is fun.

She'll do... but the next one is going big or going home.

0.05 pigment liner on A4 Letraset comic paper

Loki Maid

Another horned lady down. This one was based on a Horned Ibex, also called an Alpine Ibex.
Alpine...Switzerland...milk maid.
There was some logic used here.

She came out looking rather glum... Maybe I should choose some more upbeat drawing music.

0.05 pigment liner on Letraset comic paper


I may have changed my initial idea of different animals in general to different horned animals because horned animals are just pretty. Plus the combo makes for some fierce looking women.

I couldn't not do the Bongo, or as I named then after a trip to the zoo, Adamantelopes because, well, they look like Adam Ant...

0.05 pigment liner on 300gsm card

Sunday, July 22, 2012


I spent the other day rambling around the national gallery and museums. I honed in on the bats in the Natural History Museum for some reason and took some photos and a few sketches. Then yesterday I found a photo of a woman in this pose and thought I'd give it a bash to see if I could get it. Once I had that done, I remembered the attempt I made a few months ago at a painted/tattooed angel figure that failed. This was attempt two. The bat wings just kind of happened, more based on the stuffed bats from the museum than functional wings. The designs are based on henna tattoos. 

I'm less happy with this the more I look at it, mostly due to the background/sky. I was originally going to use a different medium but changed my mind, so the moon looks a bit...yeah.  I'm still happy with her and the rocks though (after 3hrs of stippling I'd better be!)

I'll stop rambling and post the picture now...

Pigment liner 0.05, polychromo pencils on A4 300gsm card

She's Her Own Worst Enemy

Since part of my summer research for college involves animals, patterns & design, and I love drawing beautiful women, this outcome seemed only natural. The series could pretty much be called Naked and Tattooed Animal Women of the World... the illustrations explain why.

This is the second I've done and she's my favourite thing I've done in ages. I thought my first one was, but there's little things that bother me with that one (I'll post her next).

My matador bull lady sporting some Mexican tattoo designs.

0.05 Pigment liner on A4 300gsm card.