Sunday, November 25, 2012

From My Messy Desk:Sketchbook Sketches

Hellooo! Yay, I'm having no connection problems today!  The RAM on my poor laptop is quite low, so I've been having all sorts of issues in getting my computer running.....and I've been dying to blog for the past two weeks. So this has resulted in a lot of yelling at an inanimate object, which really does no good, but, does make one feel much better after. *laughs* I've done some major cleaning up file wise, which has help enormously in getting a better performance.  I cannot wait to replace my old laptop!  Still saving my pennies for it.

Anywhoooo, I thought I'd share of quick drawings from my sketch book, which really isn't a sketch book but rather a book of tracing paper.  I like working on tracing paper best, as if I really like the look of a particular drawing...I can then just use my light box to make an inked drawing later.  Plus it saves me from ruining perfectly good art paper if things go wrong. And I use my eraser....a lot!

So I'll start with this one, which is already finished and coloured(you'll see the finished piece in a later post.):

As I haven't thought of a name for her yet, I've just been calling her "Tree Woman". *laughs*  As you can see I love using quick rough lines to flesh out an idea I usually scribble down on another small idea book I keep.  This was originally meant for Illustration Friday's topic "Tree" last week. But totally missed the deadline. *sigh*  Maybe the little bird is giving her a message from another tree or telling her how much he appreciates having a place to rest his tired wings.  I really played with hand gestures here, trying figure out what would look nice.  I always pick my lines as I'm inking, so a sketch always ends up looking slightly different in the final drawing.

Then there's this one, which is a fan art of Stocking, from the anime "Panty and Stocking with Garter belt".  She is at this time, halfway coloured:

I'm using this piece to sort of focus my mind on the book I'm currently working on to generate some it's been very meditative and relaxing to colour this one. I don't normally do this kind of brightly coloured hair, so it's been nice to do something different...and I kinda like it.  Panty and Stocking are two angels that have fallen to earth and kick all kinds of demon butt on earth.  The animation is so very stylish and full of raunchy humor.

And I'd like you all to meet one of my character's from the book I'm working on; his name is Nemo:

He's around ten years old, but I wanted him to look just slightly older than his years due to the kind of situation he has been in.  He's the companion to my main character, Sandy.  I plan on making him the guide for the readers and for Sandy in the world which I'm spinning as there is some very wacky things that are going to be happening. So, he's very wise, strong, but I've stuck in a few faults that he'll have to overcome by books end, changes that will surprise even himself.  Oh! And that is a sword that he's holding, *laughs*, with talons on it just to up the coolness factor.

As you can see I also avoid any sort of ruler use too, so I always have wobbly lines.  Well, currently that's all the sketches I have scanned in for now.  It's not a whole lot, a peek at best.  I'll share more when I get more scanned in.

I'm looking forward to seeing "Lincoln" on Tuesday!(Tuesday is cheap day at the theaters)  I haven't been to a movie in ages, it's going to be a real treat from what I've seen from the trailers.  And! I'm super excited about "The Hobbit" that's coming out next month. Woo hoo! I love that book.

Anyway, my dear friends, it's always so nice to share things with you.  I wish you all a very happy, creative week ahead. Cheers!


  1. Erin, you are such a friend after my own heart? You own those wobbly lines. A true master. Your work is just incredible and always amazes me. I love your lyrical pencils strokes? I Love tracing paper too! So liberating. And, I can't wait to see Lincoln. Your comment meant the world to me today. Thank you? I am blessed to call you blogger/artist/friend.

  2. Erin, YOUR WORK IS SOOOOOOO BEAUTIFUL!! I love all the details and the fabulous characters. You are an amazing illustrator and artist. Fabulous work. Thanks so much for your kind words left at my blog. I appreciate you stopping by.

  3. I'm with Vanessa! Your work is absolutely gorgeous - so full of whimsey and life and color - and detail! Really impressive, thanks for sharing - and have fun seeing Lincoln, heard it's Fab! xoxo

  4. I love that you are working on a book!
    each piece you have shared is a joy to see! I love that you work on tracing paper and then can copy on to good paper if you wish, great idea.

    thank you for your lovely visits!
    i will let you know when art arrives.

    lovely days to you!

  5. Ooo, I love these sketches! I enjoyed gaining a little insight as to how you work. I adore that you don't use rulers (we aren't Architects....haha!)

    The bright hair looks so pretty, too!
    Big hugs, Erin!

  6. De très jolies esquisses...

    Gros bisous.

  7. Wow..such beautiful art..your whole blog is full of gorgeous creations! I am visiting from Tammie's blog..
    Wishing you a sparkling day!

  8. This is my first visit. I popped over here through Tammie's blog and I lOVe your artwork! I shall be back soon for more visual treats. :)
    Jess x


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