Art: manga characters

Hand-drawn card of two manga characters back to back: a girl with long orange hair laughing out loud and a tall angry looking boy. I've written 'joyeux anniversaire Adrien' and '15 ans!' on it, dated and signed it.

I drew this card and did some lettering in black for my son at the occasion of his 15th birthday today.

He sent me the picture of what he wanted on his card. A boy and girl are back to back. The girl, a redhead with long hair, is probably making fun of the boy, tall, dark haired and wearing a black coat, who looks angry.

The card next to the envelope I painted in gold ink on which I wrote in huge white letters "Adrien"

Card complete with the envelope which I lathered in golden ink!

Art: Kamado Tanjiro’s water dragon (step by step)

A couple of days ago, I drew a card and did some lettering for my son at the occasion of his 14th birthday today. (He loved it)

This is some fan art of Demon Slayer, a manga/anime he’s a fan of. This is Kamado Tanjiro and his water dragon.

Rough sketch of a flying character holding a sword and followed by a big dragon

Rough pencil sketch on a Bristol paper card.

Colouring in brown the character's outfit and in shades of blue the dragon

I’m using alcohol ink markers. I don’t have many and I don’t have the right colours.

At this scale I had a bit of a hard time filling the small areas in brown.

Blue background with yellow and green streaks. The coat of the character has yellow and grey squares

The paper did something weird with the medium which did not blend as it does normally. I don’t mind the texture, but it wasn’t intended.

I managed to get some contrast on the character’s outfit.

I realised belatedly that the dragon’s contrast was insufficient, however.

Hand-lettering in white, signature in black

I have been using the same sort of lettering for a few years now, more of less. It’s always the same letters 🙂

I used a white acrylic paint marker.

Hand-lettering in black on a white envelope
Card complete with the envelope

Drawvember 2020 days 26-30

This year for Drawvember, I compiled my own list of prompts, to ensure that I wasn’t going to use “not inspired” as an excuse for skipping days. Drawing actually brings me joy and satisfaction, and as it’s in rather short supply at this time of year for me, I have much at stake.

This series concludes this year’s Drawvember! I really really enjoyed myself. I was looking forward to it every day.

I also discovered that gouache is a favourite. I used to be terrified of it and of paint in general, but not too much anymore.

Day 26: “Lipstick”

Black and red ink drawing of a woman in a cocktail dress

My friend Amy made me discover René Gruau last week. I had seen some of his fashion illustrations and advertising work without knowing they were his. I love his style! His work reminds me of that which Toulouse Lautrec and Alfons Mucha did in their own time.

I used the reverse side of my Copic Drawing Pen fountain pen for extra thin lines, Geranium Red ink Brush Writer from Kuretake, black ink Pentel Brushpen, and I smudged very little amounts of Light Grey ink for shading.

Day 27: “Cliff”

Gouache painting of white cliffs by the sea

White cliffs by the sea.

Gouache paint from the Holbein Artists tubes I got in a Sketchbox: I mixed Prussian blue, leaf green, yellow ochre and used some titanium white watercolor.

I like it well enough but recognise it’s pretty awkward and not striking enough. Perhaps the tones aren’t pastel enough. And I am certain that the artbook paper isn’t thick enough (96g/m2 – 65 lb) for the watered down colours I used.

Day 28: “Pure”

Gouache painting of a geisha dancing with a fan in her hand.

Another favourite!

For “pure”, I wanted to draw a Maiko (apprentice geisha). This is from the 2005 movie with Zhang Ziyi “Memoirs of a Geisha” which tells the story of a 9 year-old girl sold by her poor family to a Kyoto geisha house, who in time becomes Sayuri, the beautiful and talented geisha, whose successful career is cut short by the outbreak of World War II.

For this drawing I wasn’t too sure which medium to use. After doing the pencil outline in my artbook, I drew it again on a scrap of paper using a Derwent sepia line maker with a bit of black and the geranium red and light grey Brush Writers from Kuretake. It didn’t work.

I chose gouache paint instead: yellow ochre, burnt sienna, ivory black from Holbein Artists, and some titanium white opaque watercolor. It took me 75 minutes (for a drawing that is only the size of my palm!)

Day 29: “Elf”

Pencil drawing of the face of Cate Blanchett as Galadriel

This is a pencil drawing of Cate Blanchett as Galadriel, the Elven Queen from the movie Lord of the Rings.

It took me over 2 hours (the drawing isn’t bigger than my palm).

Portrait are really hard. Getting someone’s features is difficult for me. It just barely looks like her but I couldn’t find what to change to make it better.

Day 30: “Tower”

Alcohol markers drawing on tracing paper of Carl’s house from the movie “Up”, surrounded by towering buildings.

This is an alcohol markers drawing on tracing paper of Carl’s house from the movie “Up”, surrounded by towering buildings.

I went way out of my comfort zone for this last day of Drawvember! This medium requires specific paper as alcohol ink bleeds a lot, and my artbook is of regular paper. I follow someone named Mutoni on Instagram and he uses tracing paper. It looks way easier when he does it!

Today I learned that the ink does not penetrate in the paper. Therefore when I wanted to darken the tones or blend colours by adding layers, I discovered that the new layer somewhat overwrites the existing colour. So the tones aren’t at all like they are supposed to be because I didn’t have the specific colours I needed.

One thing turned out well however: I thought the ink might not dry very well and I didn’t want my fingers to smudge it once I was going to glue the sheet to my artbook page, so I was clever enough to draw on the back side of the paper and then flip it to apply think black lines and white. I spent a lot more time on this little piece than I anticipated.