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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.

fan art friday: gamora + fitz | fitzsimmons + tea | hipster!fitzsimmons

September 25, 2015 by Sharon | 0 comments

The idea for this piece was presented to me as a commission request. The patron wanted Gamora and Fitz “being friendly.” As you can see, this is a very broad prompt, and they were open to whatever I interpreted it to mean.

My first idea was to have Fitz showing Gamora some custom piece of tech. I spent about an hour drawing that, but I didn’t like where the drawing was headed. The composition was too staid, and I felt that the two characters weren’t interacting enough.

Plan B involved drawing Gamora wearing that white and black space suit that I had seen in several reference images that came up when I googled her. I really liked the detail in that outfit. And people are fans of Fitz in tactical gear, so I thought that would be fun to drawn and created an interesting dynamic to play with.

Now let’s rewind to a few months ago. I received a commission to draw Fitz & Simmons drinking tea, and the patron requested them posed in a very specific way and even provided an adequate reference photo. I don’t mind at all if the person has a very specific thing in mind. In many ways, that makes my job easier. Generally, if they’re commissioning me, they know what kind of work I produce and what kind of feeling I can get with the characters. So there is already a level of trust established, which helps me not be so hung up on whether I get certain things right.

Finally, we have my favorite Fitzsimmons art that I’ve drawn to date. Allison sent me a prompt asking for hipster!Fitzsimmons. For whatever reason, I was inspired, and after a brief search on Pinterest for a collection of references, something pretty adorable came out.

Oh…and Clark Gregg (yes, Agent Phil Coulson, himself) may have actually retweeted it. XD


So, it’s good that other people seem to like this one, too.

For those interested in the technical details, the pen drawings were drawn in blue pencil and then inked with Staedtler Pigment Liners. The last piece was drawn in a mechanical pencil and then scanned and colored using Photoshop CC.


fan art friday: jane + daria

September 11, 2015 by Sharon | 0 comments

I’m barely getting this posted on a Friday, but it makes 4 weeks in a row of fan art. So let’s celebrate the small successes. :)

Here we have Jane Lane and Daria Morgendorffer from the 90’s cartoon Daria. The challenge was to translate the very simple cartoon version of the characters into my more realistic style. I quite like how they came out. This would look so much better colored, which I am currently working. However, I did not get it finished in time for today’s post. So stay tuned for that.

Have a great weekend!

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