Illustration Friday: Edge
My friend Emily and I are both trying to dive into doing something for Illustration Friday as a means of kick-starting our creative processes. This week’s prompt was “edge,” so I drew a girl dancing on the edge of a rooftop.
I’m not super-thrilled with it, but I’m fine with not being thrilled with it: 1) I only spent about ninety minutes total on this thing, because I’m trying to knock these IF pieces out quickly and not fuss over them, and B) it was done in an entirely new application with a whole new workflow to learn.
This whole piece was done with Procreate on the iPad, which is far and away the most amazing art application I’ve seen. Easily some of the best five dollars I’ve spent. For any of you are into doing artwork on the iPad, I highly recommend looking into this thing - I’m still learning what the heck I’m doing with it, but I can already tell I’m going to enjoy using it a lot.
Ramona, October 2012
I updated the Ramona Flowers piece I drew a couple of months ago because I wasn’t happy with it — both because of the lack of context for the piece, the felt that it felt seriously unfinished, and because the colors in it felt too drab. I think this new version successfully addresses both issues, and I’m way happier with it.
The fourth in my series of New52 women who got shafted in their own books. I didn’t care about her not being Oracle anymore because while some people felt connected to her because she proved that people in wheelchairs can also kick ass in the fight against crime, I thought it was douche-y that every male character who gets hurt gets fixed up immediately (or in the case of Aquaman they put a hook on his hand in a misguided attempt to apologize for Superfriends) but Barbara, who has the full resources of Wayne Industries at her disposal remains in the chair. The fact that she continued to fight crime just proved that Babs is ALWAYS awesome and can’t be deterred even after being paralyzed.
However, in issue one of Batgirl, it briefly mentions the killing joke and talks about how she recovered from the shooting and became a stronger person. Then when she’s confronted with a gun she freaks out. Sad Trombone.
Maybe I’ll do Amanda Waller next.
Love that cape - very reminiscent of the material of her costume on the old Batman show, and I dig how it connects into the bat.
The Wasp’s old George Perez-designed (I assume) one-leg-and-one-sleeve costume was always one of my favorites — possibly because the issue where she started wearing it was the first AVENGERS comic I ever bought. I always like its sleekness and sexiness, though I know it’s certainly not everybody’s favorite. I tweaked the design a little bit and updated the colors to match those which are now much more associated with her (but I made the yellow a little more gold than yellow).
I also tried some different coloring techniques I picked up from MarkBrooks (diablo2003) which I liked an awful lot. Need to keep practicing with it, but I’m encouraged by the results!
Drawn/inked in MangaStudio, colored in Photoshop.
I’ve spent my entire career obsessively trying to “learn how to draw” when I should’ve just been drawing. Always thinking “I just need to get a little better… and then I’ll start working on (insert any of a hundred personal projects)”
The fact is that i’ve been good enough since my teens- and would’ve improved so much more rapidly had my study been in the service of any of those projects- and not in the dozens of sketchbooks pilled in my closet.
Lesson: Don’t use “learning” as an excuse to avoid “doing”.