The Making of Minuet

Digital Painting // Process Steps // Studio

Last week I posted some new artwork that I created for the Topexx Dominions card game, and in the spirit of “How do I Art?!?!” I thought I’d post here my creation methods for the piece. Because I like sharing!

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An illustration project like this begins with thumbnails. As you can see, these two drawings are super sketchy and undetailed– why? Because I hate thumbnails. Almost everyone does. But they’re an extremely necessary part of art creation to figure out composition and image placement. I had to be sure my clients liked the pose, and that it worked within the half-hexagon shape required for the card. Anyway here are two thumbnails from the project.

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Once the thumbnails were approved, I took some reference images and moved onto the drawing. I drew this picture in blue for absolutely no reason other than that’s what color my pencil happened to be. There’s no magic trick there or anything.

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Once the AD and I figured out some details in the clothing and tweaks in the layout, I moved onto inks. The client wanted a comic book-esque feel, but with a fully rendered painting underneath. Wooooof, inking all of that lace, the flowers, the stripes, and jewels? I think my hand was going to fall off. And it’s my own fault! I chose lace! I chose it.

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Then I moved onto color comps (above) and the color rough (below). I gave the client two different lighting choices for this project, and once they picked what they thought worked best for the character, I roughed in the colors and shadows. Then I rendered and rendered and rendered and rendered and rendered until we got to the image you see below!

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So basically, I clicked the “Paint” button on my computer-box-thingie, and this happened instantly. That’s how art works, right?

… I’m kidding.

Topexx Dominions is © Space Monkeys Down. “Topexx Dominions is a tactical combat card game where you, as the General of your army, are pitted against other armies in a battle for supremacy.”

May 19th, 2015

Topexx Dominions

Digital Painting

Lately I’ve been working with Space Monkeys Down on their new tabletop card game called Topexx Dominions. “Topexx Dominions is a tactical combat card game where you, as the General of your army, are pitted against other armies in a battle for supremacy.”

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Sounds like fun, right? There’s steampunk and crystals and all sorts of interesting material in this game. I would assume it’ll take a ton of strategy to play… which sounds hard to me because strategy games are possibly the thing I’m worst at. What, you want me to THINK and PLAN? I spend all that energy on my freelance career, kthxbye.

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The kicker is that the cards are in a hexagon shape, which sort of blew my mind. Planning a composition for a half hexagon (with symbols on top of it) is a particular challenge, especially when you’ve got to create art that can be reused for things like banners and promos.

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Here’s an example of what the actual cards look like. I’ll be posting a more detailed “making of” of my Minuet piece soon, so keep your eyes peeled!

May 12th, 2015

Free Comic-Con Day!

Comics // Corgis // News // Products // Shows

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Saturday, May 1st is the day that everyone in the comic world has been waiting for– Free Comic Book Day! It’s a day where you can go to comic stores around the country and get free comics. What could possibly be more exciting than that?

… a free Comic Con, that’s what! The folks over at The Comic Bug are hosting a one day free Comic Convention at the Culver City’s Teen Center from 12-5 pm! They’ve partnered with LA Weekly, there will be food trucks, comic vendors, an artist alley, and of course there will be FREE STUFF available!

I will be there and I’ll have Corgi Mini-Comics and buttons for FREE! (Limit of 50 mini-comics and 50 buttons, first come first serve!).

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I also finally have more Corgi #1 and #2 back in stock!* They will be available for their normal $5 each, and I’ll be doing sketch requests for $10 (Limit of 5). I hope to see you there– it’s gonna be a blast! A hearty thanks to Mike Wellman at The Comic Bug for putting this event together, and inviting me to be a part of it!

*The fine folks at Ka-Blam Comics Printing really pulled out all the stops this time. I got caught and didn’t reorder my books until too late, but they hustled and I got my order within THREE DAYS of ordering! They’ve been really wonderful to work with so far, and I recommend them for all your comic printing needs!

April 25th, 2015

Silly Reference Photos

Process Steps // Studio

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A very important stage in illustration work is taking reference photos so that you’re sure that a pose 1) works 2) is natural feeling and 3) can inform you about how the clothing/costume will work with the form. Typically, I use myself as the model because it’s extremely easy to book myself. Turns out I’m always available, especially when I need to wield a T-square in place of a weapon.

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I have the photographer (in this case it was my poor, hapless boyfriend who has the misfortune of sharing studio space with me) take lots of shots, and sometimes things get silly. In this case, there’s a shot where I was losing the ability to hold the pose after so many minutes, another making a silly face, and…

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… then here we found an extremely bored and unamused studio assistant. Have you ever taken really silly reference photos? Feel free to share them in the comments below!

April 21st, 2015

WonderCon 2015

Comics // Corgis // News // Shows

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WonderCon this year was a real hit! It is one of the best shows I’ve ever had, both comics-wise and profit-wise. I brought more copies of Heavenly Kibble Guardian Corgi #1, and it was a sellout yet again. Heavenly Kibble Guardian Corgi #2 made its debut, and came within two copies of selling out as well! The amount of return fans I had looking for Corgi #2 was really encouraging, as well as some of the feedback I was getting from new fans.

Two gals made my day on Sunday when they told me they’d laughed so hard after buying Corgi #1 that they kept quoting it all night, and that made them want to buy #2! This sort of feedback is what keeps us artists going. When you’re working on a book for months, you’re so close to it that you forget that it had any humor or entertainment value. Hearing what people think who are looking at it with fresh eyes can really give you a better perspective on what your own work is like!

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I’m excited to announce that there WILL be a Corgi #3, and that I’ll begin work on it soon. In the meantime though, I’ve got another comic idea that I’d really like to do first. Stay tuned for more information.

If you missed WonderCon and really want a copy of Corgi #2, check out the following links! You can purchase either a printed copy or a digital download of the book from IndyPlanet. If you prefer using DriveThruComics instead, you can get a digital download there.

Heavenly Kibble Guardian Corgi #2 on Indyplanet.com!
Heavenly Kibble Guardian Corgi #2 on DriveThruComics.com!

April 7th, 2015

Corgi #2 Has Arrived!

Comics // News // Products // Shows

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Corgi #2 has finally arrived, just in time for Wondercon Anaheim on April 3-5! I’m so very excited to have this in time. The first 50 copies which are signed and numbered will be available there, as well as more copies of #1! Please come by and say hello!

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March 26th, 2015

Five Nights at Freddy’s 2

Cartoons // Digital Painting // Studio

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Here are the next two animatronics in my “Cute” Five Nights at Freddy’s pieces. Five Nights at Freddy’s is a video game series that’s a point and click horror game where you play a security guard at a haunted, rundown Chuck E Cheese-esque kid’s pizzeria.

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Here we have Bonnie and Chica. Bonnie is a bunny that likes to creep up on you in hallways and air vents along with his partner-in-crime Chica the bird. They both love scaring you when you just after you think you’re safe!

March 25th, 2015

Five Nights at Freddy’s

Cartoons // Digital Painting // Studio

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So I’m totally into the video games series Five Nights at Freddy’s. It’s a point and click horror game where you play a security guard at a haunted, rundown Chuck E Cheese-esque kid’s pizzeria. I have watched endless playthroughs, theory videos, articles, etc. I even played Five Nights at Freddy’s 2 on the Date Knights’ Stream! I got through Night 3 like it was a breeze (it happens when you watch Markiplier play it for like 20 hours– I memorized ALL the strategy!) Anyway, after the recent release of Five Nights at Freddy’s 3, I got excited to do my own cutesy versions of the haunted animatronics that attempt to kill you throughout the games.

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These are are Foxy and Mangle, respectively. Foxy is a pirate fox animatronic that attacks the player by sprinting at them suddenly from his hiding place in “Pirate Cove.” Mangle is a redesigned, “cuter” version of Foxy that was used as a “take apart and put back together” attraction in the Pizzeria. She’s all in pieces and has too many limbs and endoskeleton heads.

I’ll be doing some more animatronics in the near future– keep your animatronic endoskeleton eyeballs peeled for them!

March 23rd, 2015

Heavenly Kibble Guardian Corgi Cover

Comics // Corgis // News // Products

The front cover for Heavenly Kibble Guardian Corgi #2 has been revealed! The brand new adventure with Guardian Corgi and her quirky talking animal companion will be available at WonderCon Anaheim, April 3-5, 2015! The book will be 12 pages and full color, and just like last year, the first 50 copies will be signed and numbered. Get them while you can!

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If you’re not going to WonderCon, more copies in both print and digital form will be available in my online store, or at other conventions.

Heavenly Kibble Guardian Corgi: What would you do if you woke up one day and your dog told you they were a magical soldier sent to defend the Earth from untold evil? Shenanigans to follow in this action-packed story!

Logo by the amazing Connor Sinclair!

March 4th, 2015

Heavenly Kibble Guardian Corgi #2

Comics // Corgis // News // Products

Get ready to stretch your stumps, wiggle your tailless butts, and iron your superhero capes, because Heavenly Kibble Guardian Corgi #2 is on its way! Have a nice splash page preview of the upcoming comic:

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I’m bustin’ my behind on it, and am closing in on the finish line. Barring injury, death, or cupcakepocalypse, I’m aiming for release in time for WonderCon, April 3-5 2015 in Anaheim, California. I’m going to do the same thing this year that I did last year– and that’s that the first 50 copies will be signed and numbered for your collection-loving pleasure. So if you want one of those, you have to get your butt to Anaheim. WonderCon is a fun show, so don’t miss it!

Edit: Now that WonderCon 2015 has passed, Heavenly Kibble Guardian Corgi #2 is officially available in my IndyPlanet store! Get your printed or digital copy here!

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February 18th, 2015

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