As I mentioned in March’s Doodle Roundup, for April I’ve been making just one illustration a week, rather than doodling something every day. I wanted the chance to work on more than just individual figures, and to do something a bit more substantial. So here’s April’s four weekly illustrations, all based on the theme of Supervillains. Each one has their own ‘theme’ too, I guess. First was a Psychic-powered villain, next one is Elemental-powered, the third is Technology-powered, and the last is a Physically Strong villain. I’m pretty pleased with all of them, and they’ve been good practice with doing more with my Cintiq. I’m still working out how I like to colour digitally, so that’s a fun adventure.
Next month’s theme is Mermaids, because it’s Mer May again of course, and I’ve got some other cool work coming up for you all later this month, so keep an eye out!
A response to the theme of ‘Nightmare’ on Pop My Mind. This piece is based on my own fear of open water, and what might lurk beneath it.
More Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell fanart! These were so much fun to do, I had a blast coming up with them. If you still haven’t read Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell, then you should go ahead and do it, because it’s such a wonderful, magical book. There’s a miniseries too, which I own but still haven’t got round to watching – I will eventually! I have a lot of things to watch, okay? – but I hear that’s very good as well.
I’m not sure what my next narrative project will end up being. I’ve read some good books lately, but nothing’s jumped out at me for wanting to make some art for it. I own a lot of books though, so I’m sure I’ll find something!
The theme this month was Superheroes! And I made the poor life choice to decide that I wanted to do most of them in colour, so of course I didn’t have time to do every single day. I’m not super bothered by it, I got a lot of practice in on my Cintiq – which is my new adopted child, by the way. Also some of these heroes I’m keeping to use in Other Things in the future because I love them.
But, doing them in colour got me thinking, and I’m getting a little bored of just doing the same kind of doodles every single month. I want something a bit more substantial. So, from April on, I’m going to try out doing weekly illustrations in the same style as I do my doodles. This way I can just put more into what I’m making, and still do some kind of drawing every day. I have no idea how this is going to turn out, so we’ll see how it goes! I’m still going to use themes to base my illustrations around, so April’s theme is going to be Supervillains. Depending on how my sketchbooks look – usually messy and incomprehensible, so – I may still be posting sketchy things from them on the old sketchblog. We’ll see how this goes!
I read Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell last year, and it was so good. Funny, charming, magical and utterly enjoyable – I highly recommend you check it out if you like period pieces with a touch of magic. So of course, I illustrated some of the characters. I wanted to so pretty much all of them, but I narrowed it down to four for now. I may come back and do more later if I can find the time among everything else I’m trying to do!
After using gold for Opulent, I wanted to try it in some of my other illustrations and see if it could still work, and I think with these I succeeded with using it to add some magic to the pieces. I’m working on some illustrations for a couple of scenes and locations from the novel too, so look out for those next month.