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fan art friday: gambit + rogue [x-men]

August 28, 2015 by Sharon | 0 comments

I was a big fan of the X-Men cartoon series back in the day. So it was with warm nostalgia that I decided to draw this pair in my current style. After my first unsuccessful attempt at drawing 90s Gambit and Rogue, I chose to start fresh. It ended up being more of a mid-century style of the characters, but I like it a lot. Especially Remy’s face. And hair. Who am I kidding? I love everything about how he turned out. (I am notoriously and vocally up front about my deficiency in drawing the male form.) The drawing process was broadcast live via Periscope.

The initial sketch was done in blue pencil. Then I went straight to inks with Staedtler pens. Then I scanned the drawing and colored it using Photoshop. You can view more photos of my progress at my Instagram (sharon82).

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If you have a suggestion for characters you would like to see me draw, please leave me a comment.

Have a great weekend!

fan art friday: raven, skye, & ariel

August 21, 2015 by Sharon | 0 comments

Hello, y’all. Happy Friday!

I recently started using the live streaming app Periscope (@artgyrl), and it’s been a lot of fun. Being able to watch some of my favorite artist as they draw has been most inspiring. And I’ve also been introduced to some new artists. Hosting my own live drawing sessions has helped me improve my drawing skills.

I really wanted to draw more standalone characters, so this was a good exercise for that. I also acquired some new art supplies to help improve both my drawings and the quality of my streams. I purchased a 6-pack of Staedtler Pigment Liners, and I’m in love. They are a little more expensive than Sakura Pigma Microns (which I’ve been using since college), but the quality is noticeably better. The Staedtler tip seems to be more firm and the ink flows more smoothly as I’m longer lines. So if you have the extra cash, I’d definitely recommend getting the latter.

raven reyes“The Engineer” | Raven Reyes | The 100

One of my tumblr followers suggested that I draw her.

quake

Daisy Johnson/Skye/Quake | Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

Another request from tumblr. This was drawn with a Uni Kuru Toga mechanical pencil with both regular and blue lead and inked with the Sakura Pigma Microns. Notice the roucher lines. I think I drew this on acid-free card stock, so that could have also contributed to the line quality.

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“part of your world” | Ariel | The Little Mermaid

I hadn’t planned on drawing this. I had logged in to Periscope, at a loss of what to draw, so I asked my followers for suggestions. I’d never drawn Ariel before, so I thought it would be an interesting challenge. This was drawn completely in blue pencil on Strathmore 300 Series Bristol paper and inked with the Staedtler Pigment Liners. The lines are much smoother.

sketchbook | original character (oc) meme

August 3, 2015 by Sharon | 0 comments

Happy August!

I cannot believe that more than half the year has gone by already. But I am doing better by posting new(ish) art two Mondays in a row. So, yay! for consistency.

A month ago, I did a OC meme, just for fun. Many of you may not know that I have a good amount of original characters that have been created over the years. It’s been a while since I had drawn many of my characters. So I thought it would be cool to see what they would look like in my current drawing style as well as modern clothing.

The following commentary and scribbles beside each drawing give evidence to what a big nerd I am.

1. Your first OC ever?

I created Adriana (and her friends) back in middle school. I was reading a lot of teen romance novels. So I came up with this story and characters that was actually quite dark and scandalous. Basically a wholesome girl who gets in over her head when she starts spending time with the mysterious new guy in town.

adriana
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art | jubilee

July 27, 2015 by Sharon | 0 comments

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Yesterday I mentioned to my sister that I was writing the previous blog post. She said that she had honestly forgotten that I had a blog. >_<

I loved the characters from the 90s X-Men cartoon, and for quite some time I’ve been wanting to draw Jubilee. I broadcast the process on periscope. You can view it here for a few more hours.

So don’t be surprised if a wild Rogue or Gambit pop up in the next few days.

ArtBridges Workshop | Troy, Alabama

July 27, 2015 by Sharon | 0 comments

IMG_4851This summer, I took a job as an art instructor for a program called ChARTing New Directions through the Mobile Arts Council. Two other instructors and I work with children at 6 Boys & Girls Club locations in the Mobile area. I’ll talk more about that experience in another post. However, one thing that I have been looking forward to is the opportunity to attend a professional development workshop at The Studio at The Johnson Center for the Arts. The official title is the Tony Scott ArtBridges Education Program (ArtBriges for short). Since I had never attended one before, I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. Still, I was eager to get out of town and see a different part of the state. Continue Reading →

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