I’ve long had an Anne Boleyn graphic novel stuck in my head for a while. I keep debating if I want to attempt to be serious (in which case, who will buy it according to publishers), or sell out and make it really sexy…which would also be way fun to draw.
Anyway, Anne concept…ballpoint pen in my sketchpad.
I’ve been working on my own children’s book for about a year and a half, in between other book projects I’ve been doing for clients. Rapunzel was one of my favorite fairy tales as a kid, augmented by the Peck Gandre Rapunzel paper doll I had then! My reason for wanting to retell the tale, aside from my love of it, was that the original (as with most fairy tales) really smoothes over a bunch of complications! My idea was to create something a little bit more epic…and I’m really hoping to finish it this year (since I’ve learned after beginning the project that Disney is coming out with Rapunzel Unbraided next year).
Here is a sneak peek! For secrecy, I’m not going to explain the drawing. It’s only concept anyway.
This is a ballpoint pen sketch that's then messed around with in Photoshop.
I have been posting a lot of pencil work but I also enjoy working in ink. Sometimes I grab my extra fine ink pens….sometimes I really just want a cheap ballpoint pen. I can really achieve a much sketchier effect with the ballpoint, but both have nice results. Here are some examples. Some are colored a bit as well.
This was done with different Micron pens. Since they go all the way down to a .005 point they are really up my alley (detail, detail, detail)!
A pretty nymph gazes into the water. This was hand inked but cleaned up a bit in Photoshop.
This was inspired by the classic fairy tale, The Snow Queen but also the children's book I have been working on, which will be a retelling of the classic Rapunzel.
Here's an example of working in ballpoint pen. The hand drawn image was brought into Photoshop where I added a few extras - like the shine in her hair.
Here is something with a much less realistic looking approach, plus I added in some pencil, color pencil and marker.
I love this goofy drawing of the smurf village done on the fly in a notebook.