More recently I've been drawing character sheets for my own reference. It's nice to be able to look back at something for consistency sake. Just the act of drawing through a character sheet helps me problem solve and go into greater depth/build-up the character to have a bit more substance. Needing to consciously think about the fit and style of clothing, etc. makes me put myself into the characters mindset.

I enjoy making these, but the reality is that a lot of details will not necessarily bubble up to the surface in any story/comic... but it's a nice to have.

Here are some recent ones for Jake, Austin, and Ceilic, all drawn in Fire Alpaca! I like the animals parts the most, as you would expect...

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IDK why but I'm always calling Austin Jake, instead of Austin. Maybe there's something very Jake about Austin's look? But conversely, Jake looks nothing like an Austin.

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I originally wrote Ceilic's name as "Celic" in this picture, and wondered why it looked strange. I had to reread my own comic to find out the correct spelling. Amazing! I also found these amazing plush bears in armor while looking up scabbard reference to draw Ceilic. WORTH IT!

I've been doing moderate amounts of brainstorming about these two characters, Jake and Austin, for the past month or so. I'm contemplating during a longer form comic about them.

Paintings below are inspired by the comics found in FujoSports (autumn hiking, younger in age), and then Expired Seafood: Tied Up (winter hiking, older in age).

I did a quick thumbnail for the autumn hiking scene, while the winter one was pretty much a random sketch.

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Materials:

  • Col-erase 20066 scarlet red, 20053 Terra Cotta
  • Mitsubishi Fine Prussian Blue (hard 2453)
  • Canson XL mixed media paper (7"x 10")
  • Various from Pentel watercolour and SHINHAN SWC Premium Professional Artist Grade

After sketching I painter-taped both sheets onto the smooth side of a masonite board. The paper I'm using is NOT thick or great for watercolours, but I more or less just consider these to be studies, and I'm not even using high end watercolours either.

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My original intent was to re-outline the pictures, but I decided to keep it blobby instead! Final version are below and/or in the gallery~

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