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hello, (ides of) march | robyn + marian

March 15, 2016 by Sharon | 0 comments

Yeah, that’s what today is. Apparently the Romans had this whole system for naming the point they were in the month. Pretty interesting stuff.

Incidentally, this is my first post of 2016. A few things have been going on behind the scenes here at artgyrl, and I’ve just failed to update my blog here. I’ve been pushing my Patreon more, uploading more exclusive art there. I finally got going with developing and drawing my comic. Recent updates will be posted exclusively to Patreon first and then here. So consider subscribing if you would like to get a first look at my new content. I won’t bore you with all the details here, so click the link for more info. :)


Some sketches of Robyn and Marian, the main characters of my comic. I drew it in a handmade sketchbook, so I’m not sure of the paper, probably about 80lb, colored with Copic and Spectrum Noir markers, outlined with Staedtler Pigment Liners, and highlights with a Uni-ball gel pen.

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inktober: week 3

October 20, 2015 by Sharon | 0 comments

Whelp…I’m behind on my drawings. I haven’t given up, though, and I’m still trucking through the challenge. Still, there are only 3 drawings to share from the past week.

day 15 | peggy carter | captain america/agents carter/mcu

day 17 | john + teyla | stargate atlantis

day 18 | ororo munroe/storm | x-men

This was my first time drawing Storm. I based her features loosely on Lupita Nyong’o, since both she and Ororo have Kenyan ancestry. And I wouldn’t mind seeing Lupita play her in real life.

I’m considering putting these drawings for sale in my storenvy. But I’m more attached to some than others, and it will be a while before I could part with them, if ever.

For now on, I will try to not spend so much time on each drawing, because I’ve easily spent 2-3 hours on each one, including the initial pencilling stage. On to next week. :)

inktober: week 2

October 12, 2015 by Sharon | 0 comments

More Inktober drawings. I started to lose momentum at the end of this week. So now I’m currently 3 drawings behind. Fortunately, October has 5 weekends, and hopefully I will be able to catch up.


day 05 | napoleon solo | the man from u.n.c.l.e.

After the drawing of Napoloen, I decided to switch to the Faber-Castell PITT Pens. I really like the solid black lines that they produce. This is due to the fact that the pens contain pure india ink. I also tried a different technique for shading the hair, inspired by the art of Glenn Arthur.

day 06 | lara vega | minority report

day 07 | phryne fisher | miss fisher’s murder mysteries

day 08 | safe and sound (fitzsimmons) | agents of s.h.i.e.l.d.

09 | daisy johnson | agents of s.h.i.e.l.d.

inktober: week 1

October 5, 2015 by Sharon | 0 comments


I don’t really think much about the fact that I’m an artist. It’s just something I have always done and have gotten pretty good at over the years. However, like any skill, the only way you can get better is to practice. Unlike many other physical activities, art is something that you can start at practically any age and continue to improve and evolve in your abilities. It’s always important to challenge myself and try new techniques.

The introduction of Periscope was a way for me to have a live window into the creation process of my favorite artists. I never thought I would really have a use for Copic markers, but after watching other artists use them, I found I have a use for them after all.


Last year I discovred the Inktober Project. I t was a great way to challenge myself to use ink more. This year, I’m more determined to complete all the drawings. Drawing has come easier since I’ve been doing it more consistently (go figure), so I’m really excited to see what I can produce. I’ve branched out to using a brush to ink my pieces, and I bought a set of Faber-Castell PITT Artists Pens (Manga Black), which I have yet to use.

day 01 | greaser!fitzsimmons | agents of s.h.i.e.l.d.

day 02 & 03 | gaby teller + illya kurkakin (smol + tol) | the man from u.n.c.l.e.

All drawings were done on Strathmore 300 Series Bristol paper with Winsor & Newton Cotman 00 round brush and Higgins Ink in Black Magic.

I’m not too happy with Jemma’s likeness. I can’t get her nose quite right. Maybe this week I will switch it up with the PITT Pens. But I like to leave myself open to what the Muse wants


rey | star wars: the force awakens

September 28, 2015 by Sharon | 0 comments

At the end of August, I ordered a set of Copic markers from Japan. They were on back-order practically everywhere. They are scheduled to come in this week, but I’ve been eager to try them. So I went to Michael’s and bought 4 shades of warm gray markers to tide me over. Last night, I finally colored with them, deciding to use them on this drawing of Rey from Star Wars: The Force Awakens that I completed a few weeks ago.

There was a point in time where I thought I’d never really have a use for copic markers. However, after watching artists such as Mahmud Asrar work with them on their Periscope stream, I got to see how I could use the markers to enhance my own art. It’s much less messy than applying ink washes and the blending quality is amazing. I am really pleased with the result, the biggest achievement being that there is a background. :)

The original drawing and print are available for purchase.

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