Scotland

I have been in Scotland for six days now which is the reason why I didn’t post anything this week.
For years I had been planning to go to Scotland but never did because of various reasons. A few months ago I got a text from a friend saying how great his vacation in Scotland was.
That was the very moment I decided to just go on my vacation as well. So even though I am incredibly busy putting togeher my exhibition and finishing my first small comic book (and with a couple of other things going on) I just booked a flight and went to Scotland. I’m currently staying in the beautiful city Inverness which is located in the Highlands. I’ve done loads of things and seen beautiful places!

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Three days ago I hiked along a part of the “Great Glen Way” – I walked almost 20 kilometres (about 12 miles) and I rode along the Loch Ness.
After those rather exhausting days I spend a day in Inverness, sitting in cafés and doing some shopping.
I found that beautiful art supply shop that had awesome sketchbooks for half the price. Of course I couldn’t resist getting two!

Here’s one of the sketches I did straight away.

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Today I’m going to see the Highland Games in a small town called Drumnadrochit. And in a couple of days I’ll be back to posting drawings, comics and art stuff! 

Have a great day guys!

Colouring

Today I’ve been testing different coloring styles and techniques to see which one I like best and which one works fast. I’m about to finish the first stage of my work on my comic – just 4 pages to go! I like to divide it into 4 steps.

  1. Pencil artwork. Varies from rough sketches to detailed sketches – strongly depends on the difficulty of the image.
  2. Inking. I scan the sketches and ink them digitally. I most likely will do that with Manga Studio 5 as there are some really awesome brushes for inking.
  3. Colouring. It sounds easy but it really isn’t. It gets pretty hard once you have to colour more than one image because the colours have to work  with the entire page. You will see what I am talking about when I’ll upload some work in progress pictures.
  4.  Lettering. Adding speech bubbles, sound effects and doing the layout.

I have mentioned a couple of times that I’ll be posting some work in progress images soon. But when is SOON?!

Soon.

Just kidding.

I’m on holiday next week so I won’t be able to work on my comic. But once I’m back I will start inking the pages – and that’s when I’ll start showing more. Also I will give you some information on the story itself. The whole project is enormous as it has to be finished within the next 5 weeks.

It’s not going to be one of those classical “superhero” comics. It is fiction but it deals with issues that are much closer to real life.

Here’s a quick doodle I did to try some brushes.

 

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A Kiss for the Drowning One

As I mentioned before I wasn’t able to get the fashion illustration for this Wednesday done – soo much stuff going on! I’m just 4 pages away from finishing the pencil sketches of my comic (extremely exciting!) and I will start inking and uploading them once I get back from my holiday (Scotland I’m almost there!).

In my last post I gave some explanation why I’ve chosen to do a mini-series on selkies (some fancy seal-mermaid-creatures). I once heard a legend about them being truly evil monsters in disguise. Especially the girls. In that legend they are said to lure their victims – mostly young fishermen – to swim with them and then the selkie would drown him.

In this context it might seem a bit … semi-romantic … Here’s my take on it!

 

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Underwater creatures!

This week I got further 10 pages for my comic project done and I am close to finishing the pencil work! (Yey!)

With a lot of stuff going on and just 8 more days to go before I am going on a holiday to Scotland I’m not sure if I can stick to my schedule and get another fashion illustration done in time. Instead I want to show you some “older” (done about two or three months ago) illustrations.

I did another mini series of 3 pieces on selkies. If you have never heard of those things – don’t worry! I hadn’t heard of them before either.

Selkies are a little bit like mermaids. They occur in Celtic mythology and are said to live in the ocean and at the shores of Ireland and Scotland (maybe I’ll see one soon!). Ashore they are beautiful ie (I rarely heard of male selkies) that either hide the fur of a seal or wear it while leaving the water. Once they go back into the sea they put the fur back on and become seals. If a selkie loses her (his) fur the selkie is meant to stay a human for ever.

I really liked those legends and I just felt like doing some drawings on that topic. Another truly awesome aspect of these myths is that they are set under water too! And long hair floating in water is just a beautiful image itself! As a great hair lover I couldn’t ignore that, could I?

The first selkie I ever drew, still in her human shape (and yes, I know. She’s in my header ;)).

I hope you’re having a lovely weekend!

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One of those days…

It still is Wednesday – at least for another hour and 9 minutes – thus I am still in time with my Wednesday post.

Today was really busy even though I didn’t leave my desk at work very often. It was one of those days that start of really bad. In the morning I couldn’t find my hair dryer, then I somehow managed to get some make-up in my hair (which of course didn’t wash off), I stepped in dog poo, missed the metro and made a huge mess trying to eat my lunch (a mango which I hadn’t peeled before) so I had to clean that up too.

However I got almost 3 pages of my comic done, which is pretty good! I usually get like 1-2 done a day. It’s taking shape and it’s going to be exciting soon! I will post pictures of the inked lineart as soon as I am back from my holiday (just one and a half week to go).

But to get to the point of today’s post: The finished illustration of my lovely lady of the sea! I worked with different programmes on it (Photoshop and Manga Studio) and found those awesome brushes that look like soap bubbles.. I just had to use them! I hope you like it (: As always please feel free to share your thoughts whether you like how it turned out or you don’t!

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Some more lineart

Tomorrow’s Wednesday once again! (Like every 7 days – what a surprise!) But Wednesday also means that I am going to post another illustration of my fashion series.

It’s not about fashion illustration in the common sense. I rather try to come up with creative ideas how dresses and hairstyles could be themed. I am very well aware of the fact, that most of those dresses and hairstyles could never be done in real life. That’s not what I am after, anyway. I personally, just enjoy the sight of it and especially the process in which a simple idea turns into a sketch and after a while into a fully colored image.

For the next Wednesday-Illustration I came up with the idea to combine a dress (as almost always) and the sea.

So what comes in mind when one thinks about the sea? Fishes, fins, pearls, corals, seashells …

Here’s a little preview of some parts of it for you to sea (I know, I know – I should stop trying to be funny).

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Sneak Preview

I started experimenting with different software to find the best looking style to ink my comic. I have mentioned before that I am currently working on my very first comic book. Story and artworks are all done by me and it’s super exiting. I will also present it in October in a big exhibition close to where I live. I won’t be the only artist showing my artworks so it will be a great opportunity to see and meet other brilliant artists!

I’m very excited that I can show you the first digital attempt at inking my lil’ baby! The colors aren’t set yet but it might give you an impression on how it will look like.

The story itself is a rather dark one – or better sad – it turns into a darker story after a while. More about that later. Please let me know what you think about the look in general (:

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Release the Kraken!

Today I want to share with you one of my most time-consuming artworks. When I started working on it I thought that I’d be done with it in 2 days .. the most. 2 WEEKS later however, I finally was finished.

I used it as a part of my university application. I had to submit two portfolios of which one had to show different artworks on a given topic. The other portfolio didn’t have to be about a certain topic but was meant to show artistic skill and potential. However, I did decided to make all artworks relate to a topic – “Fish”.

So I drew all kinds of fishes and aquatic animals. At some point I got stuck with the idea of drawing a kraken. I somehow think it’s a very special animal with fantastic abilities to adapt to its surrounding. But I also wanted it to look spectacular and I really felt like experimenting with ball pens. Little did I know that it takes that long! And of course drawing it on big paper wasn’t enough – it had to be the VERY big one!

It’s ball pen only, paper size A2 (420   mm) and I was working on it for 62 + hours.

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Have a beautiful Saturday night!

 

 

 

Be a part of my art!

Take part! Soooo! Someone had this awesome idea and I don’t know how I didn’t think of it myself!

You now have the chance to become a part of my fashion illustration series! Do you want to see how your face looks like as a comic illustration? Just give it a go!

How do you take part? It’s pretty easy (:

Follow me on Facebook and Instagram (and since we’re here on 2muchdrama.wordpress.com too) and share my art. I have 5 open positions for coming illustrations and will select 5 people. If you are one of those five I will contact you and ask for a photo of you and how you would like to be pictured. As a little thanks you will receive your illustration as a high-resolution and ad-free jpeg.

By taking part you agree to be fine with me using the illustration as a part of my series. As well I will post it on my social-media sites and websites. There will also be a limited fine art print edition of 100 pieces that will be available for sale. Please, understand that you have to be 18 or older to take part because I don’t want to get in trouble with your parents if they weren’t okay with it.

If you like my art, please share this post to give as many people as possible the chance to take part!

Thanks a million for your support!

Roxane

 

Peacock

It’s Wednesday and I did not forget to post the correct picture!

I really liked how she turned out, especially the feathers look so bright with the yellow background. Originally I did a red background but kept changing it until I got stuck with this. Please, share your thoughts and criticism. Also I am open for suggestions for coming illustrations! It just has to be something that can be related or linked to fashion. Just comment below (:

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