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An Apple A Day Keeps the Illustrator Busy

This began as a request from my sister for a drawing of an apple. I probably spent a lot more time into rendering this than she actually needed, but I couldn’t help myself. I got really into seeing what I could do with some different glare and shading techniques, and I think it turned out pretty well.

Red AppleEagle-eyed followers of my ‘Sects comic strip will know that I already used this in the comic strip a couple of times this past week. It’s just a really nice apple that has almost unlimited uses, so expect it to pop up more in the future too. I have to add, I already shared this on Facebook and it quickly became one of the most popular things I’ve ever shared. It’s funny sometimes what catches people’s attention.

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Gleefully, Melissa Benoist as Supergirl!

So… there are a lot of comic book TV shows on right now. It’s something of a renaissance of comic book heroes on TV. I’m watching most of them, at least the ones on traditional TV and not the ones exclusive to streaming services to which I don’t subscribe. I hadn’t drawn a new picture in a little while, so over the weekend I tackled this one.

Melissa Benoist as SupergirlThis is, of course, Supergirl… and I had a promotional still of Melissa Benoist from the CBS TV show to use as reference. She does a really good job in the role, and the show itself is generally entertaining. She’s the second person to be grabbed from the Glee TV show (Grant Gustin plays the Flash on the CW) to play a DC hero. I wonder who might be next?

I tinkered with this one for quite a while. I tried something a little different with the nose than I was doing last year.  Basically, less line-work and more shading. I like how that turned out. The more I look at it the more I’m happy with it, though initially I wasn’t sure I had captured the actress in the likeness as much as intended. I was sure I had successfully drawn a pretty woman, but wasn’t sure I had drawn the one I meant to be drawing!

Please do let me know what you think, and remember, if you’d like an original commission by me or would like to hire me as an Illustrator, please use the Contact page and let me know as much as you can about your request.

Period Piece Pictures, Part Two

A couple of days after drawing Riki Lindhome, from a promotional photograph from Another Period on Comedy Central, I decided I really should draw the other lovely lady in that same picture. Natasha Leggero is the other half of the duo behind the television show. I am admittedly less familiar overall with her work, but she routinely kills it in the Comedy Central Roasts, so I have been following her career more of late. As I said in my earlier blog post, I encourage everyone to check out these ladies’ show.

In the original photograph, the two ladies are sitting side-by-side on a couch. I honestly had very little interest in drawing the couch… which is why I ended up drawing each lady individually. I suppose I could at some point work them back into a single drawing but I needed more practice with drawing people than I did drawing stuff, so the women were of far more interest to me than anything else in the photograph.

Natasha Leggero Another Period

As I was working on this one, I realized that I had learned a bit just from having done the drawing of Riki a couple of days earlier. I think I got the skin tone even better for Natasha than I did for Riki, but think I still need to work on hair and clothing a bit more. The period costumes both ladies were wearing actually had lots of nice folds and wrinkles and curves which definitely made for good practice. I’m most pleased that though these do not look like photo-realistic drawings of women, you can easily identify who the subjects are.

Please let me know what you think, and remember, if you are interested in requesting my services as an Illustrator, please use the Contact page and let me know as much as you can about your request.

Period Piece Pictures, Part One

So, I learned quite a bit when I did my Ryan Reynolds drawing earlier this year. I thought it was about time to put some of that into practice again, and see if I can continue to improve skills in drawing real people. It’s always a bit of an internal struggle to decide what, or in this case who, to draw at any given moment. I draw inspiration from television, the Internet, dreams, or whatever happens to pop into my head.

If you are a longtime follower of my blog, the choice to draw Riki Lindhome should come as no huge surprise to anyone. I’ve worked her name into quite a few comic strips over the past year. She’s pretty, and funny, hey that’s pretty funny right there! 🙂 She has a new show right now on Comedy Central, called Another Period. I encourage everyone to check it out. This illustration of her comes straight from a promotional photograph for the show.

Riki Lindhome Another Period

I think I’ve improved quite a bit in skin tone and general shading. I could stand some improvement on clothing folds and wrinkles… and I would like to be able to do a little better with hair. Overall I am quite happy with this one, and feel like it does show definite improvement in my work. I realized after the fact that the way I drew her here, Riki Lindhome looks a bit like Snow White. I think it’s the color choices I made that unintentionally led to the resemblance.

Please let me know what you think, and remember, if you are interested in requesting my services as an Illustrator, please use the Contact page and let me know as much as you can about your request.

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