Space Librarian Mimi

I had a lot of fun drawing this picture. I have a thing for space, so any opportunity to use it as a setting is exciting for me. I started some loose sketches in Procreate, and coming up with a mockup sketch. From there, I did some linework on the iPad, before switching to Corel Painter. The rest of the work was done on my desktop. I used quite a few layers to keep elements separate, which is something I don not usually do. Hope you enjoy.

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Space Boy

Decided to do a simple character doodle and experiment with environments. Not sure if there is much of a story to this picture, but I do like the exaggeration of the figure, though I don’t know how it would work in profile. The mech is cute as well, though not tremendously innovative. Still, I do like it, and had fun doodling.

Dragon digital

Working on some projects which are not ready for prime-time, so I did a quick dragon sketch. This is my go to doodle when I want to create something. Don’t know why I have such a fascination with dragons. I think because they are just hot dinosaurs, or flaming chickens really.

Entirely in Procreate.

Please enjoy.

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Drawing by the river

Part of a larger picture, this was an experiment with line weight and texture as well as a little pencil shading. All of this was digital and, as usual, I bounced between Corel Painter and Procreate. Linework was done in Painter and coloring in Procreate.

Just keep drawing

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Mother and daughter first swim

For this piece I wanted to keep the linework simple. In hindsight, I could have even made it thinner. I love the look of clean lines unencumbered with weight and I added almost solid colors on a limited palette. Very simple blending and I was finished. Hope you enjoy.

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Mammoth Sketch

Everyone has to draw a mammoth once in a while. I think it’s a requirement of being an artist.

To start with I tried several different poses, most of them profile, until I settled on the somewhat dynamic stride with a little sassy side glance.

The lines are a little dominating, so I tried to tone them down by adding texture to them. This is something that I am experimenting with lately. I just select the line layer and then color them with chalk.

While I did most of the drawing in Corel on my desktop, I transferred it to Procreate to do the coloring during lunch.

Hope you like.

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SCBWI Draw This “Secret Admirer”

For the SCBWI Draw This “Secret Admirer” word prompt, I wanted to do a jungle scene. I thought that it would be fun to do all the leaves and plants of the jungle. Originally, the main character had only one banana with an ape looking longingly from a distance or hiding in the foliage. I tried several different angles, but if I wanted to tell a good story, I had to bring the action in closer. I increased the number of bananas, and had the ape trying to take one. I went for the 2 dimensional flat look but decided to keep a large area of white so the picture looked wide. Hope you like it.

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