Tag Archives: Digital Art

Winter is Coming

I’m currently re-reading Clash of Kings and the rest of the Song of Ice and Fire series by George R.R.Martin while I eagerly anticipate both the next book and the HBO series (which will be airing in April).


Snow White & Rose Red




The above is what I have been working on in  between commissions.  After getting several process questions on Deviantart and requests for a tutorial  I decided to make a half hearted attempt at it.

Tools I use:

  • h and b pencils.  I tend to use an h or hb if I plan on inking.
  • Staedler Mars White eraser
  • Faber-Castell Pitt Pens (Black ink)
  • Photoshop CS3

I start with doing a pencil drawing, for this particular piece I didn’t scan in my pencils so they’re not featured here.  Once I’m satisfied with the pencils I go back and ink over them.  In a perfect world  I would own my own light table and do the ink images on a fresh piece of paper.  Unfortunately perfect doesn’t exist at the moment so I usually ink directly over the pencils and erase my pencils lines afterward.

Once I’m happy with the inks I scan them into photoshop at a 300 dpi.  Once scanned I adjust my levels (image>Adjustments>levels).  I play around with them to get riding of any residue pencil marks and make my ink lines darker.  I will sometimes go in with a small brush and clean up unwanted lines manually if necessary.  Once I’m happy with my line art I copy it onto a new layer and set it to Multiply.  I then fill the background layer with white.

Now to start coloring.  I use a lot of layers when I color.  One layer will be skin another hair and another clothing.  This makes it easier to edit later if necessary.  At this point I get all my flat colors (second image) down.  This allows me to get an idea of what tones go well together and just makes sense and makes less work to do later.  After that I am pretty much working on putting in shadows and highlights.  In this image I set my brush at a lower flow (about 20 %) to blend a few different colors in the shadows.  I also laid down some textures.  Here is a very basic textures tutorial you can look at.

More Commission work

I haven’t posted in a while and I’m feeling slightly guilty about it.  I recently got a promotion at my day job and my schedule went haywire.  I’ve also been doing some commissioned work (as seen above). I’ve been working on a few personal pieces too and will hopefully have those don’t by next week. *fingers crossed*


I might be doing a drawing  and/or coloring demo for an artist workshop I’m running in September.  It Alice themed so I’ve been doing a lot of wonderland inspired art to prepare.  I was going to use the line art of this for a coloring demo, but there is too much going on too do in a short amount of time.

Creepy Girls and Photoshop Woes

I’m still trying to find my way in the world of digital art and I find myself at a loss.  I’ve been messing around in photoshop for the past few months, attempting different techniques and watching tutorials.  Unfortunately I can’t seem to get it down.  Perhaps this is because I’m fairly color inept, my brain seems to work in grayscale.  As such I decided to try just laying in simple flat colors, limiting my palette and letting the under drawings do most of the work.    I did this creepy girl a few days ago and put in some flat colors last night.  Hopefully I’ll manage to stumble upon a photoshop coloring technique that works for me.

Also I’m currently listening to the Gorillaz Live from Damascus on npr’s All Songs Consider and its pretty amazing.  You should check it out.