06 August 2010

A New Venture

I've been browsing through some blogs and came across this incredible young lady. I'd been meaning to try some digital coloring for a while, and she gave me the inspirational boost to get going on it (finally)!

So I stayed up wayyy too late sketching out a rough original (lovin' these quasi-Victorian / quasi-medieval dresses). These semi-faceless creatures are my specialty... mainly because I am awful at drawing faces of any sort! Often they will have long ears, spindly legs, antennae, or wings (because I use them mainly as character sketches for my fantasy book). This girl is the most human I've drawn in weeks.

I scanned it in this morning, and cleaned her up in Photoshop...

And started to work! I must say, I am VERY pleased with using Photoshop to color. It's sort of watercolor-y. I am usually awful at shadowing, but it's really easy with layers. Yay!

And here's the final product! Please let me know what you think... even if your opinion is that I should never, ever post something like this again. This is a very rough drawing... I kind of like it that way, though.


  1. Wow, that's really cool! Good job! :)

  2. Awesome! I'll have to try it sometime! I'll be posting on Sunday. Its not easy to post on my iPod :P

  3. Amazing! You draw really good :) I'm a horrible drawer.... ;)

  4. Awesome! I love the different shades of green you decided to use...and it corresponds really well with her hair color.

  5. That's very cool! I wish I had photoshop. ;)

  6. Thats so cool! I'm horrible at drawing faces too, so its all good! :)
    Its really strange. When I'm thinking about writing, you post about writing, when I was frustrated you posted about frustration, when I was thinking about drawing, you posted about drawing... Am I the only one who finds this insanely weird?!


  7. I love the Dress! you draw awesome! I could never draw like that :)

  8. That's beautiful! I suck at drawing stuff like that.. I mean, sort of anima (I think I spelled that wrong) kind of stuff. I'm good at drawing and I think this post gave me just what I needed to put my photo online and color it!

    You're a great artist ;-D


  9. Aw! I know, I love Jade! Your pic is so cute! I love coloring/drawing with photoshop. Do you have a tablet? I've got a medium wacom intuos4. Love it! ♥

  10. Wow, that's really awesome! I love it! :) :) :)
    Yeah, Jade's really encouraged me in my drawing, and now I *cough* believe *cough* I MIGHT do some digital coloring. I don't have a pad, but I was looking at some stuff Jade's done without one, and it's marvelous!
    Again, it's gorgeous!

  11. That's a cool idea, Olive Tree. I'd love to see more of your drawings. You've got a really cool style :) I love the girl's eye color - wish mine were like that :D

    By the way, I am a writer too and I love the sound of your book. It would be really cool if you posted a snippet of your writing. ;)

    - Ellyn


  12. wow... that's really good... I really like the rough quality of it. To me that's just another style of art, one of my favorites actually =)

  13. Wow! I'm amazed. You draw quite well.


  14. Wow! That's awesome! I wish I could draw people like that! <3
    Tessa Brooke

  15. Wow. That's really good! Did you use a tablet to do it?? Or did you just use the mouse?

    I've tried something like that once(coloring on PS) but it failed miserably.

    In Christ,

  16. Wow! That's amazing! I would have to work for years to be able to draw something like that! It's incredible!


  17. Hannah and Emily: Nope, I don't have a tablet... it's on my wishlist! :)

  18. Wow, that so cool! I really love it.

  19. WHOA, awesome pic!!! great job!! I love how you did her hair! Keep up the great work!! :D
    lol And staying up late just to finish a pic must be an artist thing! lol (I stayed up till like 4 last night....Ugh I'm nuts! :)

    Oh, And thanks for the shout out by the way!! It means a lot!!! :D

    P.S. Tablets are the best!! I don't know what I'd do without mine! lol

  20. I never finish the faces either; if I try, I ruin the whole drawing. :P

    I like your style so much- it's like a modified light manga!
    ~Margaret Rowena

  21. I like your drawing! =)
    I draw. I love drawing, specially charactors for my stories......I am fairly good at it too. I love the style of your drawing though! Its very nice =)

  22. It's awesome! I've done something similar and am working on a 2nd one... :)

    ~Awel P.

    p.s. thanks for guest posting. :)

  23. Definitely DO post stuff like this again! I love it. It turned out really fantastic!

  24. Love love love it! You're way good. Almost gives me inspiration for another story, (I'm a writer too) but I'm not big on all that stuff you're big on. So yep! Ttul
    Love Manda


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