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04-29-2016, 09:39 PM
I finally found this section of the board; now I can post all my small weird quick and often terrible pieces with no compunction. :clap: :clap: :clap:

Also that I cracked open a new watercolor book (gorgeous 300gsm paper, unfortunately cold press, which is cheap and far from my favorite watercolor paper lol), so time to record how I fill the pages. It's going to be mostly manga/comic styled figures, plus some random flowers/animals/landscapes when I am in the mood. All comments more than welcome!

This is a collection of really fast doodles. It's this hilarious style test.

Testing out a 36 set of Kuretake Gansai (Tambi line) I just acquired. Terrible brown range but what can you doo.

Pencil work that I started without a clear idea as to how I would color (or if I would even color it).

But then decided to test out my new 28 set of Holbein Gansai.

04-30-2016, 11:07 AM
A quick doodle of rocks and water using Holbein gansai, and then some logo designs for a friend's consulting start-up.

05-01-2016, 04:32 PM
Welcome otherworlder.

Great pages. Smiled at the different comic styles.

05-03-2016, 10:55 AM
Thanks Debby for the kind comment!

This is yesterday and today's doodle; another day trying to learn the human body~~ The colored one is for testing some (rather terrible) water-based markers, had to be rescued with gansai.


05-03-2016, 02:28 PM
The human figure is difficult to master. Good practice.

05-04-2016, 09:01 AM
Super work!!

05-17-2016, 11:26 AM

I did a full page A4 sized watercolor from a friend's photo. As soon as I saw the photo I wanted to paint it; it's gorgeous.


05-17-2016, 12:56 PM

Joan T
05-18-2016, 09:16 PM
Great job on the figures!!!

05-19-2016, 12:45 PM
A big thank you to Debby and Joan for your encouraging comments!

Another full-size A4 for today. I wanted to try a wetter painting style and here is what I got...


05-19-2016, 02:25 PM
Great experiment.

05-22-2016, 08:49 AM
I picked up a new watercolor set a few days ago. Did this to test and absolutely love this new pallet. :clap:


05-22-2016, 12:01 PM
This is today's painting (160522).

It's close cropped because I compeletely blew the proportion and only realized what was wrong at the very end, so I had to use photoshop to save it at least a little... Don't look too closely it's sloppy PS work lol.


05-24-2016, 07:42 PM

Again, this one is photoshopped a little to fix some issues.

05-28-2016, 08:19 AM


05-30-2016, 03:07 PM
Wonderful paintings. Photoshop can really save some things. :) Been there.

Joan T
05-30-2016, 08:23 PM
These are nicely done. I like the shading on the clothing that you do with the watercolors...and that vest pattern is super!

06-05-2016, 11:21 AM
Thanks to Debby and Joan, nice to hear your feedback! Photoshop is my lifesaver on many many occassions lol.

Another page, this is for a friend who ordered a picture of a spunky tomboy character with short hair for an avatar, and I happened to be watching My Little Pony...:angel: Did this with water-soluble colored pens from Stabilo, Staedtler, and Monami (<- a Korean stationary maker). I love water based markers; they can be very watercolor like and they are suppppeeeerrr bright.



06-05-2016, 01:52 PM
Has that "my little pony" look. Clever.

Joan T
06-06-2016, 09:30 PM
Wonderful sketch with the bright markers!

Munin Raven
06-10-2016, 11:12 AM
I like the first flag bearer very much, and your colour pallets are so pleasing. Keep them coming. :)

06-11-2016, 08:56 PM
Thanks everyone for the comments! One more work from a few days ago that I only got a chance to put up now. This is a story I have had in my head for a while lol, the meeting of two ancient civilizations...


06-12-2016, 02:53 PM
Delightful illustration. Do you have a graphic novel type thing in mind or more of a book with occasional illustrations?

06-12-2016, 08:43 PM
Delightful illustration. Do you have a graphic novel type thing in mind or more of a book with occasional illustrations?

Thanks! It's more like a novel in my head, I just like to visualizee my characters and scenes. I love graphic novels, but the amount of skill and work required to produce one always daunts me. Maybe some day. :lol:

Joan T
06-13-2016, 09:56 PM
Love this last illustration!!! Your characters are great.

Munin Raven
06-24-2016, 08:00 AM
Loving that green sky.

06-25-2016, 11:39 AM
I am starting a very very ambitious project and let's see how long I can stick with it. As befitting of the thread title, I am attempting an actual short comics, maybe 10 to 15 pages. :lol: :lol: :lol: It's actually a fanwork based on this Japanese cult classic Saint Seiya, sort of a missing scene/weird twist little story.

Page 1 being colored is purely accidental; the rest will probably be ink only to save time, but I might get itchy fingers for colors.


(Sometimes I actually think I like the black and white version better :lol: )

06-25-2016, 02:39 PM
Looking forward to more. Great start.

06-29-2016, 12:53 PM
Page 2 of the comics project!


06-29-2016, 01:59 PM
Ooh! I'm still not sure what I'm seeing with the hocus pocus, but cool.

Munin Raven
07-04-2016, 10:46 AM
Nice pages. I love the bird and the green of the narration boxes.

Joan T
07-10-2016, 06:33 PM
Great job on these pages!

09-12-2016, 01:30 AM
Great collection of sketches!

10-12-2016, 07:31 AM
Thanks to everyone who visited the thread and left me encouragement!

So I shuffled between a few countries in the last couple months, and in the process I no longer have this sketch book. It was super bulky and just not luggage friendly when I had important books to carry lol. I just cracked open a new Canson XL Mixed Media book, even though it will be a bit limiting to me, as I do so much watermedia these days and don't like to stay dry (lol). A new watercolor journal is on its way to me. But I will continue posting in this thread, until 2017 at least.



10-12-2016, 11:34 PM
Great work here - love your characters' faces :)

12-11-2016, 07:29 PM
A couple more pieces in a Stillman & Birn Zeta multimedia journal. The journal is great but still not really for wet media...



12-12-2016, 01:40 AM
What a piercing expression :)

12-12-2016, 03:23 PM
you've got some wonderful and amazing stuff here.. I love the hand on the sword and his expression :thumbsup:
and I want to see the greece/rome meets china comic!

Joan T
12-15-2016, 02:54 PM
Great drawings!!! Like you I often switch back and forth between sketchbooks.

12-19-2016, 10:54 AM
Thanks everyone for the encouragement!

Flug, thanks, and that Rome/China story has been in my head for a while, though I never had any success producing it hahaha.

Joan yeah I know! I enjoyed my Strathmore watercolor journal, but had to abandon it for traveling. I am liking this Stillman & Birn book more and more. Still haven't completely gelled the way I work with the paper yet, but it's getting there. But I have one more watercolor journal that I am just dying to try...:lol:

I spent the entire day yesterday traveling, so produced a couple drawings on a plane because what else are you going to do lol.

Oh and I am drawing prompts from a 30 days challenge where you draw the same character to different prompts. My last two are me trying to pin down the character design (it is Aragorn from Lord of the Rings, and I wanted something more to the book than the movie design, which I do love). These are two more.

Day 2: Draw an evil version of the character.
With Staedtler fineliners and some waterbrush.

Day 3: Draw the character in the midst of an utterly hopeless fight
Lamy fountain pen for the win.

12-19-2016, 12:20 PM
Striking renderings of Aragorn in all those variations. Well done! You have a strong personal style and it's gorgeous. Love the "evil" one encircled by the Ring with it on his finger.

Joan T
12-19-2016, 06:48 PM
Great idea to draw the same character to fit different prompts. Nice work!

12-20-2016, 12:17 AM
Thank you so much Robert and Joan! Yeah this 30 days challenge is super fun, I am excited to do more of them.

One more piece of drawing for today. Arrived home for the holiday and have a bit more time to doodle. Since my all-time favorite animated show just announced a sixth series and there is a lot of excitement among fans, I decided to do something to celebrate that. (I obviously have the taste of an eight-year old little boy. :lol: :lol: )


12-20-2016, 02:51 PM

Threw the doodle into Photoshop and added colors; I couldn't resist. :) Though I don't have my pen pad with me and had to use a touch pad on a laptop for this... Never a good way to do anything :lol:

Joan T
12-20-2016, 10:01 PM
These are really good!!!

12-24-2016, 01:59 PM
Thanks so much Joan!

Here is something fun that's been going around my social media: an end-of-the-year collage of 2016's art! So I compiled mine. It was all portraits just because I have the most of them. :lol:


12-24-2016, 02:18 PM
Very cool! You've got a distinctive style, very powerful.

Joan T
12-28-2016, 04:51 PM
I like seeing your work in a collage. Nice!

12-30-2016, 02:43 AM
Thanks guys! And this is probably my last sketch for 2016, some more character doodles for various stories in my head, comic book styled.


12-30-2016, 02:43 AM
Oops, computer glitch, replied twice... So I'll add some mini sketches that I totally forgot I had; those are my portrait practices. :lol:






12-30-2016, 03:00 PM
Great work on those piercing expressions on the fellows' faces :)

01-01-2017, 07:38 PM
Great sketches! Time to open up a new thread. Like the one of Aragorn most, that was elegant.