Month: June 2013

Finished Myra panel in layout

Here’s the complete panel I was just working on. Kind of flew through it after I got the clothing done. Note to self: Trying to draw iridescent anything when you’re trying to learn to do digital better is self-mutilation. I wouldn’t qualify this as iridescent either – but whatever, ok!?




This is a rather small panel, so more detail really isn’t necessary. I thought the amount of rendering should match my watercolour, and it actually matches pretty well. Sits well on the page, me thinks. I’m doing my layouts in InDesign by the way – which makes things easier because I can automate a lot of the measuring and precision. I am not a very precise person.

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Myra Sketch 2


Current state of affairs for this image… I’m trying to learn different ways of shading in Photoshop. It’s way less intuitive than say…Painter, but I don’t want to use Painter. I’m trying out using the Hard Light layer effect to build up highlights – that’s what I have most trouble with. Just the whole colour picking process in general. Evidently, I don’t think I draw with enough contrast too. It’s looking alright so far… I’m not sure why this is so confusing for me mentally.

I’m not really happy with my costume design…but I’m sure I’ll find a way to replace her outfit. It looked good on paper, looked fine in my head, but applied…not so much. I don’t think I was anticipating how it looks on a chick with brown skin. Or maybe it’s just not my taste…Either way, it’s probably gonna go (except for the boots).

Myra Sketch

I wanted to draw Myra today in some sketchy way, and fortunately, I found a panel in my comic that needed drawing and coincidentally in the perfect pose! I’m pretty happy with how this is going so far. I took the time to make a brush I like instead of just dealing with the defaults. I kind of feel like big doofus for not doing this already. It’s kind of like how when you discover how much better shooting in RAW is for photography, and you just feel stupid for trying to work with compressed JPEG photos all this time. Well, it’s the same. I have a much more natural and versatile brush I see myself using often.

Myra looks determined as all hell in this run. Too bad this is for 1 small panel where she’s supposed to be in the distance – got a bit carried away I guess? I think this comic episode would have been done long ago if I didn’t pick possibly the most labour-intensive style possible. Between my infrequent posts and the fact it’s been 1 year (yes) since I started drawing this, it must look like I am terribly lazy, can’t focus, and have a bad work ethic. Let me say: You have no idea how many hours and full days have gone into this already in between everything else I do… like housekeeping, working on film projects, my other art projects, redoing my website…generally having a life too. Hand this to another person, and it’d just never get finished, so….

That came out quite defensive…hmm.