Could we with ink the ocean fill,
And were the skies of parchment made,
Were every stalk on earth a quill,
And every man a scribe by trade,
To write the love of God above,
Would drain the ocean dry.
Nor could the scroll contain the whole,
Though stretched from sky to sky.

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Sketch Process

Hello again!

My buddy LucCalar mentioned that he would like to see some of the process that I go through for my digital artwork, so I thought I’d put an entry together showing some of my sketches vs. the finished product.

1 – “Respite”
This is probably my best example as I happened to scan a version of it early on before I had detailed anything but the faces. This is also very typical of the process I go through.

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I almost always start with a pencil drawing, starting with a rough sketch with some skeletal elements (kind of light here, sorry), then building on top of that and erasing to get a more complete pencil drawing. Then I use my tablet and Photoshop CS5 to draw the digital lineart over top of my pencil drawing (on a different layer, of course). Lastly here I added base colors. Then lots of shading later we have…

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The finished picture! Note this is an older one so the lines are a bit thicker than I usually make them now. Also most of the background was just added as I went along.

2 – “Dance with Me”
This one is similar to the first one, but I wanted to show it because it’s a case where I started with a much rougher pencil sketch and filled in most of the details digitally.

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Here’s my original sketch and then a modification of Rennac’s arm I added in Photoshop because I didn’t like the original placement.

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And then the final!

3 – “Because I Love Owls”
I don’t believe this one ever made it to TheO...it was just a quick picture I made for an ID on DeviantArt a while back. But it’s a rare case where I did everything digitally, no pencil involved, so I thought I’d show it. I usually avoid this method because I’ve found that I have a harder time getting anatomy right for some reason when I draw straight through my tablet, but this one turned out alright.

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As you can see, my tablet sketching is VERY messy!

4 – “Dark Link”
Lastly I wanted to show a piece where I just colored directly underneath one of my pencil drawings in Photoshop. This is the same sort of thing I did for the drawings of Felix, Arcanus, Midna, Rath, and Seth in my portfolio.

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Here’s my original pencil drawing and then the finished picture. I set the pencil layer to “multiply” and then painted underneath it. In this case, I also duplicated the pencil layer to make it darker.

And that’s it! Thanks for reading, and I hope this was enjoyable. Feel free to ask questions if you have any ^-^

Submission problems

My apologies to my subscribers if you've been seeing a lot of deleted work from me in your updates. For some reason I've been unable to upload ecards or fanart for the last several days. I just get an error message, and then my picture/card comes up blank. Is anyone else having this problem? It's horribly annoying >.<

Another great birthday gift!

Yet another of my wonderful friends dedicated me a birthday present. Here's the lovely card that chibi-anna-chan made for me!

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Ah, I love it ^-^ Owls are my favorite animal, if that wasn't already a given. I think I need to draw one one of these days.

By the way, my birthday was fantastic this year. My husband's birthday is on the same day, which is always fun. We went back "home" to stay with my Dad for the weekend, and we went to see Tangled, which was so good! I definitely recommend that one. We also had a party with my family, and a party with my husband's family the weekend before. We've been doing a lot of travleing now that everyone lives in different places ^^; I really miss it when we all lived within 10 minutes of each other. Anyway, among my gifts were The Legend of Zelda:Spirit Tracks and a new camera, so I've been having lots of fun with those.

Another thing I haven't mentioned is all the snow we have at the moment. Last week a terrible snowstorm hit us, leaving at least three feet of the white stuff on the ground. It took me two hours to dig out my car! Oh, I have to post the picture now:

There you have it.

Thank you readers for stopping by! And thank you again chibi-anna-chan for the wonderful card! ^-^

Birthday gift

I got a fantastic surprise yesterday from my dear friend, blackwings. We've known each other since way back in the MyOtaku days. Here it is!

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Isn't it beautiful? I just love it ^_^ This is Aerin, a character I made up a long time ago. This was my 2004 picture of her.

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Rather embarrassing, but we all have to start somewhere, right? ^_^; I have drawn her in more recent days. These sketches were from sometime in the last year -

She's changed a bit over the years, including her outfit, though after seeing blackwing's version I think I'm going to change it back to something closer to the original. It looks better that way!

Thank you again, blackwings! It was a wonderful birthday surprise!

Long time...

Hello, friends! After a long spell of no updates I figured I should say something for a change ^^ There’s a lot to talk about! My husband and I moved into an apartment about a month and a half ago so we could be closer to his job, and we’ve had a fun time settling in here and exploring the area. We kinda live right in the middle of a shopping center, so there are lots of places to go, but it gets pretty crowded on weekends. It’s also been a little tough suddenly being over an hour away from family, but we’re close enough to visit fairly often anyway. And while I love the apartment complex, the “no pets” rule is a serious downside. My Dad is taking care of my bird for me, but I would love to have him here and get a cat or two. Someday, someday.

Oh yes, and I’m an aunt! I forgot I hadn’t said anything about that yet either! My little nephew Landon was born about 5 months ago now. He is such a cutie! But you don’t have to take my word for it -

I feel really bad for not posting any artwork in such a long time! Especially since I now have a tablet and Photoshop CS5 at my disposal ^_^ I’m pretty much devoting all of my drawing time to an illustration project right now for a guy who’s in the process of writing a book. No way to tell yet if it will get published or not, but I sure hope so! Anyway, since the pictures are for his book, I wouldn’t feel right posting them online, so they must be kept hidden for now. One of these days I’ll have to find some time to draw some good ol’ anime fanart ^_^

Guess I’ll keep this shorter rather than longer. Thanks so much for stopping by! I will try to post more artwork soon!

~TheLostSindar