Weekly illustrations for the month of May! Three out of four here, because one of them isn’t quite done yet as it’s a cool idea and I want to do more with it, so that’ll be out sometime later this month. I’m trying to push myself more with my weekly illustrations now – trying different techniques, practising with new brushes, trying to learn How The Heck Colour Works.
Next month’s theme is Demons and boy howdy am I excited because that is 110% My Jam.
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!
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!
Novembers Daily Doodle theme was Fanart. November was also, for those that don’t know, National Novel Writing Month, which I have entered every year since 2008 and won every year since 2008 and damned if I was going to break my streak. Therefore, I didn’t finish every doodle on my list for this month, but I’m still pretty happy with what I got done. The novel, if you were curious, ended at 81,500 words.
If you’re interested in knowing which character is which, or where someone is from, or why I chose them as my favourite to draw this month, then head over to my sketchblog, where you can read me gushing about the characters I love.
It’s that time of year again, folks – the time of year where I make terrible puns and then put them next to cute animals to get everyone feeling festive and somewhat disappointed in my sense of humour! Otherwise known as ‘Christmas’. I was somewhat more ambitious with this years batch of cards, and I really like what came of it. If you’d like to get hold of one yourself – or some other product with wonderful puns on it – then head over to my Redbubble and snag yourself some in time to annoy your various friends and relatives with them.
October is over, and my halloween doodles are completed! I enjoyed myself immensely, of course, and yes my halloween party was epic and spooky. But now my time is coming to an end, as we move into November. This months theme is Fan Art, so if you follow my sketch blog you’ll be seeing some semi-regular updates of characters from things I enjoy consuming. November is also National Novel Writing Month, so if you’re participating then look for me on the site – my pen-name is Luci-de-Monica – and we can be writer buddies as I try to overachieve my way to finally finishing the draft of the last book in the series that has consumed my life for the past six years.
As mentioned at the end of my last Gormenghast post a while back, I recently read the Dark Tower series by Stephen King. Given how much I enjoyed it, and my excitement at the movie version coming out soon, I decided that I’d base a little project around the series. Just three illustrations this time – to begin with, at least. My version of Roland Deschain, the gunslinger himself, and two scenes – one from the first book, one from the last.
The Dark Tower books are such an interesting read, and I do highly recommend them. Read at least the first one if you like post-apocalypse style cowboys and shootouts. Keep reading if you want an excellent friendship, some great worldbuilding, and some truly fantastical events. And then keep going if you enjoy somewhat meta-fiction and an ending that will make you want to throw the book against the wall.
Alternatively, wait for the movie and go and see Idris Elba as a post-apocalyptic cowboy kicking all kinds of ass. I know I’ll be seeing it!