digital illustration

Storm Witch

Let me just preface this with the fact that I didn’t intentionally follow up my first painting of a fiery demon with a water-themed witch. The elemental theme was entirely accidental but I’m gonna roll with it.

Once again I set out to challenge myself and learn new things with this one, and once again I succeeded and fought my way to finishing this. Painting water is hard, you guys. Like, really hard. Even more so when you’re using multiple unnatural light sources. *makes mental note to acquire coloured lights for reference-photo purposes*.

I’m happy with how much I learned from doing this, though, and the next time I have to paint water I’ll be a little more prepared. This one is closer to the way I want my paintings to go – this kind of semi-realism, painterly-but-not-overly-so kind of thing. Not 100% where I want to be yet, but that’s half the fun of making these.

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The Daemoness

First painting of the year finished! This one is of my Daemoness character, who is just a warmongering, bloodthirsty warrior queen, travelling the universe to destroy planets and burn the remains. You know. Happy fun stuff.

And know for the process stuff. With each painting I do I want to try at least one new thing to push myself, and the main thing I wanted to try with this was a more complex perspective than what I usually do. Fifty photo references and a few hours of drawing later, I managed to get it down, and then spent the next two weeks fighting with the painting. What I want to do is push my flatter digital illustration style (the way it is in my fairy illustrations from last year), and this painterly style closer together. This one wandered way over into the painterly style, which is great because I’d love to get better at it, but also frustrating because I want to be pulling the styles together, not going further in one direction. Not sure whether the frustration is from how long this style currently takes me because I’m not that strong at it yet, or because I want to pull away from super painterly.

Other lessons learned: use reference. USE REFERENCE THE ENTIRE WAY THROUGH. I kept getting stuck and spending frustrated hours achieving nothing but muddying the canvas, only to realise that all I needed to do was grab my camera and snap a couple quick pictures, or grab a style inspiration pic from the many I have saved. I know I need to do these things, but it seems so easy to forget when you’re in the middle of a two-hour ‘let’s glare at photoshop angrily and wait for the painting to paint itself’ session.

I was going to put a process gif, but I realised I forgot to save any painting stages between ‘flat colour’ and ‘fully rendered’. Whoops. The initial sketch is up on my instagram, if you want to do an extreme before and after, and she’s up on my Redbubble if you want her (and will probably be up on my other stores at some point over the weekend)

Onto February! I have no idea what I’m going to paint this month, but I’m sure it’ll be fun.


The second of my entries for ArtOrders Tiny Dragon contest! They added a Not So Tiny Dragons category, and this was what came to me – a tiny dragon that goes after the dead like a carrion bird. I imagine whole flocks of them descending on battlefields after the fighting is done, like pale ghosts that leave after a few hours, rising from skeletons picked clean with blood on their scales.

This one decided to be a challenge for me, and took a whole week longer than I thought it would but I got it done anyway, and that’s what matters. Lighting is unreasonably difficult to paint. Still, I’m pleased with how the head turned out at least, even if the rest of it doesn’t entirely make me happy. Progress, progress.

Dark Magic For Fun & Profit – September Illustrations

Here are all the finished designs from my September illustrations! Like I mentioned in my August roundup, I wanted to try something different this time. So I made a bunch of creepy, cute, kinda fun designs on a vaguely goth, necromancy and dark magic type theme. All of them are absolutely things I want to put on my body, and you can conveniently get them at my Redbubble, in my Dark Magic For Fun And Profit collection.

While not as intensive to make as my previous weekly illustrations, they were still a lot of fun to do, and a benefit of them taking considerably less time than the others used to was that I wasn’t nearly so stressed out about getting all my projects finished for the month. I will absolutely be doing more for this collection in the future, and if anyone has specific goth/dark magic/necromancy/weirdo things they want, feel free to hit me up.

Now, on to October, for which I’m going back to my ‘daily doodle’ style of things, and doing Inktober! I’m using one of Simon Fletchers themed prompt lists (the Space one, because SPACE), and I’ll be posting them daily on my all my usual social media. And because I work a lot in ink anyway, to make this more of a challenge I’m focusing on a few things to try and improve: I’m using India ink instead of Quink to learn a new medium; I’m focusing on silhouette and character shape to work on more unique character design; and I’m trying to make all of them fit together in the same universe, to focus on design coherency.

As usual, if you want to follow along with all of this, as well as WIP’s and other doodles, the links you need to click are as follows:

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All This And Heaven Too – July Weekly Illustrations

The theme for July’s weekly illustration was Angels! In order of appearance, the prompts I gave myself were: Warrior of Heaven, Guardian Angel, Blessing, and Smiting. The Guardian Angel design is available on my Redbubble.

I enjoyed different aspects of making each of these, and trying to push a different element with each one. A bit in love with coloured lineart now though, so I expect there’ll be more of that in the future! For August, I’m going to be doing some Faerie illustrations, so be sure to follow my sketchblog to see those as I make them. And if you’re interested in warmup sketches and mediocre selfies, then you can follow my instagram too.