Guys, things just got real.

Guys, things just got real.

I’m Getting Frustrated at Myself

I know I have a full-time job or whatever, but why the heck am I not drawing a webcomic?   I’m starting to piss myself off.  I had better start uploading pages before I punch myself in the face.

Palmier
So I’m a foodie for real.  I love cuisine from any country, I’m always seeking out something new and thrilling to taste, and I do my best to educate myself on food sources, nutrition, and cooking methods.  Cooking and baking is my second favorite pass time, only surpassed by my love for art. Hey, I didn’t get chunky from not liking food.  
I’ve been thinking more and more about food illustration, so here’s my first attempt.  I’m not sure what style I need to capture what I’m looking for, but I’ll keep painting.  These here are palmier from my favorite French bakery here in Atlanta.  I had some other items I wanted to paint, but I ate them :P 
Look forward to more attempts to paint food!

Palmier

So I’m a foodie for real.  I love cuisine from any country, I’m always seeking out something new and thrilling to taste, and I do my best to educate myself on food sources, nutrition, and cooking methods.  Cooking and baking is my second favorite pass time, only surpassed by my love for art. Hey, I didn’t get chunky from not liking food.  

I’ve been thinking more and more about food illustration, so here’s my first attempt.  I’m not sure what style I need to capture what I’m looking for, but I’ll keep painting.  These here are palmier from my favorite French bakery here in Atlanta.  I had some other items I wanted to paint, but I ate them :P 

Look forward to more attempts to paint food!

Julian Marquez

I made up this character for my old frand Clinton to use in his secret comic plans.  Take care of Julian!  He’s a little insecure about the kind of girl he likes.

TRIFECTA COMIC 2014: PART 3 “CHOCOLATE DAWN”

Part 1
Part 2

What?  Huh?  Don’t expect to make any sense out of this.  This is the latest installment of a trade-off comic jam I do with my husband and our friend, Clinton.  We don’t tell each other any kind of plot or ideas, we just draw something and the next person in the rotation has to continue it.  Deal with it!

kaigetsudo:

SHHH Don’t tell anyone, but I completely forgot about the Chrono Trigger Collab until this morning. Thankfully Robaato extended the deadline and gave me time to finish my part. 
So here’s the Epoch, the crew’s choice form of time travel during the adventure. I didn’t think I’d have fun drawing it but I did. I had the theme music stuck in my head the whole time.

kaigetsudo:

SHHH Don’t tell anyone, but I completely forgot about the Chrono Trigger Collab until this morning. Thankfully Robaato extended the deadline and gave me time to finish my part. 

So here’s the Epoch, the crew’s choice form of time travel during the adventure. I didn’t think I’d have fun drawing it but I did. I had the theme music stuck in my head the whole time.

Folken from The Vision of Escaflowne
I was happy to make this for a friend!  Despite Escaflowne being my favorite anime series, I don’t think I’ve ever made any finished fan art of it.  Enjoy some sexy robot armed, black winged, half naked Folken!

Folken from The Vision of Escaflowne

I was happy to make this for a friend!  Despite Escaflowne being my favorite anime series, I don’t think I’ve ever made any finished fan art of it.  Enjoy some sexy robot armed, black winged, half naked Folken!

Step 7: painting! finally!

Painting is my second favorite part!  It’s oh so fuuuuun I could also do it all day long.  Let’s break it down!

Initial Wash - Cover the whole thing in a light to mid toned color that will help unify the colors.  The color to use depends on the mood and lighting, but I mostly use a red or yellow ochre. A few spots of red are placed to create warmth.

First Layer - Flat colors applied.  It’s important to consider what areas will should be very dark, light, or left white at this point so you can shape colors appropriately.  After this step is done the hard work is over –and it wasn’t that hard, was it?

Second Layer - This isn’t really shading, but this is the time to add more depth to the form, especially if using warm colors.

First Shading - Things start to really come together.  Use the appropriate color for your shadows.  Under warm lighting the will probably be either blue or purple and under cold lighting they may be red or green.  I usually use a mix of cerulean blue, cobalt, and payne’s grey.

Second Shading and Finishing Touches - You’re on the home stretch.  Use more payne’s grey in strategic places to help make the form pop. This should be just a little adjustment here and there.  After that, do finishing touches such as adding white using a gel pen or colored pencil to highlight areas, and check over the piece for any place that may need a little extra work.

Aaaaand you’re done!  Watercolor doesn’t have to be daunting.  You can actually skip the second layer of paint and go straight to shading and still have a great looking piece.  Try it out!

Step 6:  The Good Stuff aka inking

Inking is what I love most.  I could do it all day long so long as someone supplied me with some pencil art.  

Ok!  So I use a light box to transfer my messy tight drawing onto the watercolor paper where the finished work will be done.  For realz, yo, the light box is a life changer.  Tired of using transfer paper or that terrible grid system to copy drawings?  Do you draw directly on the final piece but can’t erase all the lines?  Get a light box! It will take all your pain away.  This one that I have is a LED box put out by Copic.  It’s awesome.

Hey Margalot, I have a question for you about Escaflowne. Do you think that, after the series ended, Hitomi ever found a way to come back to Van at some point in the future, and that their farewell at the end wasn't a farewell forever? Because I know that I'd like to think that, but I know some people feel that that isn't as good to think.
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SPOILER WARNING! 

Great question.  They anime definitely leaves it ambiguous as heck.  My romantic sides want to believe that yes, she returns to Van as might be suggested when you see the earth in the sky in the final shot.  My cynical side says no they never came together again, as it seems like Japanese stories love a sad ending.  For what is canon, I definitely think it’s a chose your own ending.  

The feeling you have at the end of the series is that everyone has a future ahed of them and there is work to be done.  It feels like the characters have found the places they belong.  While Hitomi loves Van, I don’t think she ever wanted to stay in Gaea forever.  I think she knows that she can’t have her cake and eat it, too.  Van on the other hand, seems like he is always ready for Hitomi to return.  So who knows?!  Gah!  Just thinking about it riles me up!  I want to yell at Hitomi, “Go back to Van!  Leave Earth behind!  Your parents will understand!”

So yeah, in the end my romantic side wins out and I lie to myself that the two of them will live happily ever after in a rebuilt Fanelia. 

Step 5:  the tight drawing

Picking up from yesterday, next is a loose drawing followed by a tight drawing.  For the tight drawing I start out in blue pencil, and if needed will trace and adjust things in red pencil, then regular graphite.  Even though it’s the tight drawing, I leave a lot vague to be added on the spot later – keeps a feeling of spontaneity.  Honestly, for me penciling is just sort of chore to get out of the way before getting to the good stuff…

Steps 3 & 4: thumbnailing and more reference

Next I sketched out some thumbnails to figure out what the final image will be.  For some inspiration and anatomy, I also gathered additional reference.  

Step 1 & 2:  reference and rough sketches

Ok!  So today I’ll be painting a picture of Folken from my all time favorite anime, The Vision of Escaflowne.  To start off, I grabbed some ref of him and drew some quick sketches to get a feel for his body and expressions.  I start experimenting with how he might look in my style and what kinds of liberties I want to take with his design.

Gonna Paint Today!

So I’m going to do a whole painting today, and I thought I would share the process with you good folk!  Stick around and I’ll put up step by step progress showing my work flow.  See you later!

Meet Valentine!

Heeeeeey so I got a baby bearded dragon last month and his name is Valentine (or Tiny for short!) and he’s super cute and chubby and awesome.  His birthday is Halloween, so he’s coming up on being 4 months old.  I’ll be sure to post pics of his cute antics as he grows up!

For the herpetophiles out there:

I got him from Carolina Designer Dragons last time the Repticon show came around.  

Prior to that, I arranged to have this awesome enclosure built by Beeger’s Boxes who was also coming to the show.  It measures 36” long x 18” deep x 16” high.  I’ve read a lot of people suggesting different sized living spaces, but I think this is the minimum size for a beardie.  If he grows up to be a really big guy I’ll get him something larger.

The bottom of his cage is lined with non-stick shelf liner, so there it’s easy for clean up and there isn’t any loose substrate.  I use chlorhexidine for a cleaner.  

For lighting I have a Reptisun 10.0 running the length of his cage as well as a Mega-Ray for spot basking.  Those two don’t put out much heat, so I have a ceramic heater in the center of his cage and an optional second ceramic heater on the left side for colder days.  I try to keep the hottest basking spot at about 105°F and the coolest side of his cage at about 80°-85°F.  This works out fine as Valentine seems most comfortable at 95°F.

Valentine seems to think crickets are just OK tasting but absolutely loves cockroaches, phoenix worms, and butterworms.  After he eats his way through the current cricket stock I’ll probably just keep with the cockroaches and worms – all of which I order from my local insect breeder, Georgia Crickets!  Even though I give him a nutritious salad every day before going to work, I have no idea if he’s eating it.  It’s hard to tell because during the day when he’s most active, he likes to run around and jump on his salad spreading it all over his cage.

Did I leave out any herpenerd facts?  Did I mention I have a deep-seeded love of reptiles and bugs?  Ok, just making sure.

Viva reptiles!