…And Justice For All

Here’s …And Justice For All by Metallica to set the mood.

The Daredevil Netflix series came out a few weeks ago and I recently just finished watching the first season and am suffering from withdrawals. I thought I’d try drawing Daredevil and Matt Murdock so here’s the step to step process of my drawing.

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1. I started off with a sketch and sort of cheated by using the symmetry tool. It can be very useful when you want it to be. I always start off my sketches with a different color other than black. I tend to use lighter colors and sometimes I lower the opacity if I really need to.

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2. I drew over the sketch with a darker outline but the opacity is still pretty low. I always start off with drawing the face and try to get it as similar to the character as much as I can. I actually did not use any reference pictures so it was pretty frustrating. I hope it remotely resembles Charlie Cox’s face haha

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3. I continue outlining with the darker color (still with low opacity so that I can see the sketch underneath). I start drawing the clothes and try to keep it as clean as I can because outlining over super sketchy drawings can be a hassle. Also why are suits so difficult to draw?!

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4. Now I start my real outline with the darker black. This is where making clean lines really counts or else it’ll look gross. Also I just added the beard and the detail in the hair.

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5. I accidentally skipped over the coloring of the skin, but I use the same process for coloring skin, hair and clothes. I start off with solid colors first. Then I use another layer over it with a different brush with is, I guess, sort of bristly. Over my solid base I start shading the outer areas with a much darker shade, then color inside with a really light shade and then fill in the areas with the original shade to smooth it out.  I usually just keep doing this until I think it looks fine.

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Here is the finished product! I thought I’d add a background and as you can see from step 5  to the finished drawing I changed how the scales and sword looked and their placement. I think it looks much better now. I hope you guys like it!

I used Daredevil from the Netflix series and Daredevil belongs to Marvel Comics.


“That’s a powerful ponytail, man…”

I thought I would try and show you guys a little peek at my process when drawing with markers. For this drawing I used only Copic Markers (which are wonderful, really!) from rough sketch to colors. I decided to draw Mickey Milkovich from Showtime’s Shameless for this study.

But before I go into that, here is the reference I used for my picture:


For my initial sketch, I used a light purple color and referenced a screenshot from Showtime’s Shameless. (I decided to draw Mickey Milkovich for this post!)



I forgot to take a picture before I started to add the blue and red on his shirt, but here is basically how I started my quick sketch out. And in all honesty I think the main reason I wanted to draw this was because I just realized that he made pizza rolls and I thought that was funny. :-D (that and I had always assumed he made cookies…)


Next I start to add some peachy colors for his skin. Mickey has pretty pale skin, so I try to avoid colors that are too dark!


Afterwards I go right to the face and hair and just use a really dark gray to define his features and flesh out the shape of his hair. Then with a warmer gray I add some contrast to define his shoulders and arms. I also add some messy flat colors to his oven mitt and the tray of pizza rolls!


Finally I add some fast, sketchy lines for the background. Since I wanted the main focus of this drawing to be Mickey I don’t use a dark color and I don’t put much attention to detail, just roughly draw out where things generally are.

And there we are! :-)


Anyways, I hope you guys like to see this! I really enjoy working straight with markers, because I think it is much easier to draw loosely. However, I decided not to use this technique with my comic because I wanted to be able to add focus and definition to particular details in it.



Moving from Hand Drawn to Digital

I touched on it some in class today, but I just wanted to share a little more in depth about my process in going from an initially hand drawn page into a complete digitally illustrated page. I chose not to jump straight to digital right off the bat with my illustrations because even though I love what the drawing tablet can do, for me it still can’t quite mimic perfectly what pen and paper can do. I think with traditional pen and ink there’s more ability to manipulate line weight and texture and it appears less stiff. So even though it took a few extra steps for this method, I think it was well worth it.

This is what I started with, pencil sketch, inked over in felt tipped pen, on regular sketchbook paper:


To make this into a digital drawing I first I brought it into Photoshop and cleaned up the lines, erasing where you could see pencil and darkening the line where it appeared faint or sketchy in the scan. Then I brought it into Illustrator and was able to convert the black lines to digital vector outlines. Basically this allowed me to isolate just the lines, without the white background, as a single item. Additionally, it allows me to zoom in much farther without the lines appearing pixelated. Then I brought my outlines back into Photoshop to add color. I kept my color on a separate layer so I can change it and play with it as much as I want without messing up the black outlines. I ultimately decided to keep the colors monochromatic because I didn’t want tons of variety in color to complicate the simplicity of the style and storyline. Instead of using color to describe the actual reality of the characters and scenes themselves, I want to manipulate color to create mood and feeling. I chose yellow for the first establishing shots to play into the feeling of warmth, playfulness, and friendship. In the bottom two shots I start to fade the color, as the main conflict begins with the two friends getting separated.

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One-Panel Cup of Joe

When making the one-panel work of art, I decided to try a new technique that I have been wanting to use: coffee. You can use coffee like watercolor with a paintbrush and a cup of joe. You can layer the coffee to get nice splotchy looks, just like you would watercolor. Now, there really isn’t any artistic benefit to using coffee instead of watercolor. However, I figured that I only want to use watercolor/coffee for the texture in the shadows and I can color the characters in later, I figured that coffee is a much cheaper alternative for expensive watercolors. And it works just as good!


What I did was I took a picture of the one-panel picture, and I used a filter on my phone to make it black and white. However, that made the white more grey, and caused problems later on with photoshop. I think I’ll just use the picture of the coffee and lower the saturation so that I keep the white.


Next, I put the black and white picture into photoshop, where I played with filters and masks to get the colors right. I created a white gutter around the picture, because I didn’t want the page to bleed.

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And this is my finished piece! If you have any questions, just ask!


Character Development

I wanted to share some of the character development work I’ve been doing for my comic. I’ve been trying to draw my characters from different perspectives so that when I go to draw my comic in photoshop, I can work from these existing sketches and keep some continuity in character design throughout the comic.

My comic is a children’s story about a little boy and his teddy bear which gets lost, and the resulting journey the bear takes.



I wanted the little boy to be around 6-8 in age which is why I ended up with him standing at only about 2 1/4 heads tall, and with a larger head. For both characters I tried to work from a base of circular and oval shapes, for easy replication and better continuity.

I’m planning on taking my characters from sketches into the computer and then cleaning them up and coloring them digitally. I did a rough of the little boy in Photoshop just to start play with the kind of color and look I wanted to go for.


A Work in Progress

I thought for my week’s post I’d share a bit of my process when I work. I always write the story first, before I begin drawing. The artwork below is for a short story I wrote and am adapting called “Raisins”.

Here is the original opening scene in word form:

“Mary-Anne Picford wasn’t particularly a big fan of raisins.

She was thinking on this fact as she stared at a bowl of trail mix in front of her and picked at the bits that intrigued her. She examined the wrinkles of one of her victims briefly before flicking it into the pile she had forming separate from the worthier tidbits. Perhaps it was because of the wrinkles. You couldn’t just kill the grape, you had to let it become hideously old and sapped of life before you ate it. It was cruel.
And then there was the problem of cookies.
One could ruin a perfectly good bite when, expecting chocolate chips, you discovered instead its chewy antonym the raisin. Not that an oatmeal cookies wasn’t terrible with raisins, you just had to not expect chocolate and Mary-Anne always expected chocolate.
She was neck-deep in these thoughts when she was jolted out by a tap on the shoulder, reminding her she was not alone but rather at a party.
“Mary, dear, not to distract you from your sorting, but wouldn’t you much rather be socializing?”
Mary-Anne turned to greet the questioner, a woman often mistaken as Mary’s sister but who in actuality was a long term acquaintance. She probably counted Mary-Anne as a friend but anyone who was Mary-Anne’s friend (and there were very few of these) would not have dragged her to a party.
Mary-Anne raised an eyebrow in response.
“Oh come on out of your stupor. These people aren’t half as bad as that look of yours suggests. Come on, there’s someone I’d like you to meet.’”

A lot of the narrative becomes superfluous in comic form. I rewrote the script to be one narrative box in the first panel, and short three line conversation at the last panel.

Below is my work in progress art for the opening scene. I started with pencil, added ink, erased the pencil, and have started the process of coloring it using Procreate. My biggest struggle so far has been keeping track of all the limbs at the party. I’m not the best at figure drawing so I adapted my style to be more sketchy and fluid to fit the feel of a busy party.

It’s definitely still a rough draft and clearly the coloring isn’t finished. raisins

character creation


I’ve been working on my character in procreate for the last few weeks. Trying to create a character that I enjoy drawing and interacting with. i have bean having trouble recreating the same image in different situations. but, here are some of the things i have started working on and how they have adapted.

it started with a homemade t-shirt from high school:

The humans are dead

The humans are dead

then created an emotion template

then created an emotion template

then started some rough sketches and gags

then started some rough sketches and gags

i then have adapted him to be a more human like figure

i then have adapted him to be a more human like figure

i have a few new character ideas that i have been looking forward to try in the upcoming weeks and will let you all know how it goes.


Progress of a Sketch

I am one of the slowest artists you’ll meet and I blame my perfectionist nature. Nothing is ever perfect. With that said, I’ve been working on a sketch of Deadpool based on this image I found:

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And I have been working on it for a while and unfortunately haven’t completed much. I started this sketch with the intention of practicing my inking, so I didn’t take the normal route on it. The normal route being to sketch the entire image out in pencil and the ink on top. Since I was eager to practice inking, I decided to take a different approach and do large chunks at a time, starting with the head.

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I really don’t recommend going about this way because its easy to find an error you can’t fix because it’s been inked in. Anyways, this was the first part I completed. And at first, I didn’t have much shadowing in. I had a hard time trying to incorporate the shadows with the ink and decided to do the darker shadow in ink and the lighter ones in pencil. When I added in the pencil shadows to the ink, I was much more happy with it. Next, I decided to do a rough (emphasis on rough) outline of the entire body and added an arm.

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The contrast of the pencil and the inked shadows came together a lot better on the arm. The fingers were inked in sooner than they should have, but I am happy with the overall image. The only other parts I’ve added are some penciling on the bicep and chest and some added detail to the outline.

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I made the outline make a lot more sense in this image by doing a lot of measuring around the chest and thigh. The only problem I have right now is finding time out of my day to finish this sketch. So far, I’m pretty happy with it. I’m getting myself back into the habit of comic book style drawing and shadowing, which I needed practice on since I’ve taken a break on my art lately. My next step will be to complete the chest, move to the other arm, then the gun, and finish with the legs and background detail. It might take me a while, but I think the end result will be worth it.

As untitled, insecure, Chloroform,

Title from here! (Hence the gray shirt…)

Hello anyone reading this!

As the weeks go by, the deadline for our final comic slowly creeps closer and the time for decisions is upon us…

While the idea of doing a dramatic art or monomyth for my final comic was very tempting, I had not really considered going another route. So when Dr. Dru was lecturing about kishōtenketsu  as an option, I knew I had found my niche.

While I do enjoy the action driven story lines, I feel like my comic will be focused more on a character-driven plot. I think it would definitely be interesting to explore the “slice-of-life” aspect that comes with this kind of story structure and something that will be (hopefully) both challenging and enjoyable. Thus far, I have decided that the comic will center around some sort of mundane (as mundane as the supernatural can get) tasks that my werewolf character, Kieran, goes about. So below I have included some sketches of how I am hoping to draw him in my comic, as well as a little sketchy possible idea of the comic itself. Color-wise, I think I will keep him with more of a brighter skin-tone like the colored right doodle than the lighter version on the left.

Has anyone else thought about doing a kishōtenketsu-based comic as well?




— Ashley

p.s. If anyone was curious, I used some copic markers to color, as well as a prismacolor brushpen and a pentel aqua brush filled with sumi ink to line! :-)