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Pinterest is a vast resource of images from which to practice your art. This was practiced off a piece linked here. Practice, practice, practice, right?

I don’t properly know what character this might be. Not Zare, I think. Perhaps A’rora, who you have not met. Yet.

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This piece isn’t finished. I’m not satisfied with Quill’s face (men are hard to draw!) and haven’t determined what weapon is in his left hand. But I like how it’s coming so far.


Water and paint

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Learning landscapes is all about shadow and light, no matter what medium you’re working in. As a kid, I favored acrylics, but now I’m learning about watercolors. Watercolors are outside my comfort zone, but they are fun and I am really enjoying playing with them.

I tend to get bogged down in details, at the same time that I get bored or frustrated with them. Watercolors are forcing me to focus on shadow and light, what is really there vs what I think I see. Watercolors are also forcing me to let go a bit, and let the picture tell its own story.

I have already taught my mind to back off and let the story tell itself (especially when revising, you probably need to spell out much less than you think you do when you’re trying to nail a scene down in your head). Now I’m learning to apply that to art.


sketches – Hawkgirl


Shayera, Hawkgirl…one of my favorite characters from the Justice League. There isn’t a lot of Hawkgirl memorabilia out there, so I thought I’d start working on some. I imagine more will turn up since she’s a character on a new live action show (Legends of Tomorrow), but I’m old school and like the old JLA Hawkgirl better.

mastering a pose

I tend to get a picture in my head and draw it over and over and over until I feel I’ve actually drawn it well.

In this case I was desperately trying to come up with a silhouette for the cover of The Badlands Job. Granted, we’re still in the editing stage (somewhat complicated by the launch of the River Rebellion), but since cover art is hard and inspiring, I figured it wasn’t too early to start.