Friday, 20 November 2015

Screentoning with my Huion tablet.

My second manga drawing now, trying to experiment with colouring techniques which could suit the manga I want to make. At the moment I'm not too fond of my art style, it is heavily influenced by Arina Tanemura, I'd like to draw in less of a shoujo style in the future.

I've been listening to Hammock all evening and had trouble sleeping, so I tried to reflect some sad emotions in this piece.

Sad Manga Girl

Thursday, 19 November 2015

First manga drawing on my Huion tablet.

One of the main things I hoped having a tablet would do for me is encourage me to re engage in regular habits of drawing manga especially as a childhood dream of mine was to write and draw my own manga series.

Recently a friend recommended I start reading the manga Oyasumi Punpun. The art style is beautiful but what struck me more was the way in which I felt the narrative was freakishly relevant to recent events I've been struggling to deal with and in some senses it has been really comforting even if it is a very dark manga. It inspired me to want to start working on my own based on my current emotions, maybe channel my pain through writing and drawing, perhaps create a piece that teaches you to learn to at least like yourself again when you've grown so insecure and unhappy with the person you are.

This was my first attempt at drawing manga on my Huion tablet, I need to work on my style still, I really like gritty, dark, emotional mangas so I feel I need to do more research on other artists such as Francis Bacon who create dark artwork and see if I can incorporate other styles into my existing one.

I was listening to Hammock whilst drawing this, alongside a track I only discovered last night: Fortune's Fool by Hiatus. Again the lyrics and mood created by this song capture how I've been feeling the past month, it really helped me to get lost in my drawing in the early hours.

Sad Manga Girl

Wednesday, 11 November 2015

Fallout 4 Digital Painting

I'm working on a new digital painting. I've been playing Fallout 4. I initially fell in love with the soundtrack and level design but now I am finding myself emotionally attached to several characters. I feel really inspired by this game and am working on a digital painting of my main character in Fallout 4, once she is completed I hope to pain Nick Valentine in the background. Here is my progress so far.

fallout 4 digital painting
fallout 4 digital painting

Sparklehorse Mark Linkous Digital Painting

I wanted to actually set myself a project to practice my tablet and experiment with different Photoshop brushes to see what I could achieve with my Huion tablet. Sparklehorse is one of my favourite musicians, I feel a connection to his work and had been listening to his tracks 'Eye Pennies' and 'Apple Bed' a lot. I decided to draw him for my first project. I wanted the picture to feel sad and haunting, like his music. I'm quite happy with the finished piece, even though it looks quite graphic novel like.
Mark Linkous Sparklehorse

RIP Mark Linkous.

Playing with my Huion tablet.


I purchased a drawing tablet this week in the hope it would re engage me with my lost passion for art. I wanted to make a blog to show my progress and work. These were the first three silly doodles I made just trying to figure out how my tablet worked with Adobe Photoshop. I don't think any of these are good, I was feeling a bit strange at the time and listening to Foals' new album ' What Went Down' and trying to just draw the colours and feelings I saw in my head from particular tracks. Maybe these could make interesting concepts for me to work with later on?

This one reminded me slightly of Princess Mononoke, I also feel it looks somewhat Scandinavian.

This picture above is just a mess haha ^_^

This one feels sweet to look at, It includes a fox, a cat in an old fashioned dress and hat, a little forest creature and bright colours, it felt like the inner child and my desire for being in nature and having fun escaped into this drawing.