Critique Doodles

Today is critique in illustration and I’ve been doodling while I listen to everyone’s comments and feedback on everyone’s pieces. Doodling… a lot.

But I like the result of these little character drawings. Also, the script above is sort of a carolingian minuscule script. I also have an exam today in my paleography class.

Here’re some of my favorites from the first sheet:

Margin Doodles

Midterms week is next week, thus a general lack of posts it seems- but as I was going through my notes (well, actually, clearing out an old notebook to reuse), I came across some little doodles from my Imperial Russia history course last semester. Enjoy~

He doesn’t realize that his saber is bordering on a banana.

Happy (Belated) Birthday, Kathryn!

Sunday was my sister Kathryn’s birthday! I was too swamped working on school then, but I finally finished a little birthday doodle for her.

Hope your birthday was great!

Bar Sketches 01

So as promised, I’m trying to post more regularly. So here’s what I have for you today! Some sketches from a show I went to on Saturday evening. Below are some quick sketches of the lead singer and bassist from the Gnarly Charlies of Muscle Shoals. I never actually met them, and they probably have no idea that I drew them. But I did, and their music was pretty good.

Works in Progress


So I realized earlier today that I’m producing a fair amount of work yet I’m not posting it because I still categorize it as a “work in progress” rather than finished piece. But I’m showing it to my class, so why not show it to the internet, too?

I’ve been taking a lot of process screenshots recently to send to my husband (who happens to be in Uganda currently) so he can keep up with what I’m doing and because he’s been curious about my process. (He’s not an artist, although his doodles are fun)

So I’m going to share those process screenshots here, too.

So it all starts with a preparatory sketch. Sometimes I do that in pencil, other times I do it on the computer. This happens to be drawn in photoshop.

Then comes the ridiculous part where I flat the image (basically I break down the sketch into flat shapes that I can easily select and work inside on a separate layer). The colors are obnoxious so I can see the difference between shapes easier. 

So as you can see I selected my palette and started working within each shape…

So above is the state this piece is at right now. Obviously it’s not done yet- the car looks miserable, and the foreground is pretty lazy at the bottom.

On to the next piece…

Here’s my initial sketch. I’ve been trying to work with with compositions that have multiple scenes within one panel, so using elements to break them up rather than boxing them into sections like a comic.  I can say this one needs some tweaking to get that across.

And again, this one isn’t completely finished either. The scenes aren’t distinguishable very well as separate yet, and the type is just filler till I can hand-letter it in a more period-appropriate font. And so many other things….

But voila! that’s what I’ve been working on recently. Or at least the past two weeks- should have another one of these to show by Monday.

I’m going to try to be better about posting regularly, I prefer not to let it all build up and then post everything in one big dump. (cough..)

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