WIP Wednesday #4

March is going by so quickly!!  I feel like I’ve been super busy this month, but am managing to make time for art each weeknight, and am also on track to hit my goal of four finished pieces this month. Also, if you glance up to my menu bar, you may notice a new page has appeared – my portfolio! I finally got that all squared away, and it even has a link to my (under contruction) shop. Yehoo, productive things are happening! Feel free to leave any feedback about the portfolio page (layout, structure, etc.) and let me know what you think.

The first piece I want to share is one of my first ventures into original artwork! Meaning I used no direct reference and most of it all came out of my head. Which, for me, is still scary territory (ie, I have no confidence in it). That being said, I’m actually really proud of the piece, and wanted to share a bit of the process!

Since I’m still really new to the world of color (most of my focus has been in graphite drawings until last year) I am always hesitant to dive in with my Copics. While I do worry some about messing up a drawing, my main worry is wasting ink. Copic markers and ink are expensive. I don’t really like to just dive in with no direction when experimenting with them. So once I get a sketch done, I often scan my work and make a test print (on just plain ole printer paper) to lay in color with my daughter’s art supplies as a trial run!

WIP Wednesday original piece process

The left piece is the test print I did. The skin color was already laid in with Copics so it’s part of the printed piece, but I added in the eye, hair, and lip color with my kiddo’s Crayola pencils and markers. It sounds silly, but it gives me a really good idea of what it will look like, and the technique I want to use. The piece on the right is the final (in WIP stage), done with my Copic markers and Prismacolor pencils. I like using this trial run technique to come up with general color schemes too, since I’m still so new to using color. I’m really happy with how this piece is turning out, and it’s kick started some inspiration for a new portrait series I hope to start soon. Yeehoo!

WIP Wednesday deadpool final

I’m re-sharing Deadpool since I have a new final version. I decided to do a blood spatter background since I found the original piece to be rather plain and I’m SO glad I did. I really like the result. Much like the above piece in this post, I scanned and printed out a test Deadpool image of my art to put against the background and see if I liked the result. Once I got the background finalized, I cut out the original and glued it on to make this a mixed media piece. The blood spatter is done with acrylic paint. The original went home with my brother this weekend as a birthday gift, but I will absolutely have prints available of it!

Other than that, I’ve been keeping up with Sketch Portraits each week (follow me on Instagram to see those!) and am excited to start up some new work soon! Also, I’ve been working on a project with some other artists that I’ll be sharing soon (hint: it’s Harry Potter themed!) I’ve been posting bits of it on Instagram, but I’m excited to write up a full post and share my work. Until next time!

What have you been working on lately?

  • B.

    I love her eye color and her eyebrows! I think giving them a “look” really makes the art seem more alive. And I love the background you added to Deadpool!

    • Kay

      Thanks Barb!

  • gamerwife

    Love the smirk in the lips and the eyebrow. Definitely want to know more about the subject.

    • Kay

      Thanks, Mariko! I was going for a bit of a mischief look so that’s great!

  • Danielle Knapp

    I love the portrait – the smirk is so fun and intriguing 🙂 Definitely digging the blood splatter for Deadpool!

    • Kay

      Thanks Danielle!

  • Just like everyone has said, the smirk in the portrait is perfect!

    • Kay

      Aw, thanks Stacey! <3

  • The Deadpool piece looks way cool with the blood splatter!! And I love seeing a sort of ‘behind the scenes’ with that test print. I love learning about different people’s creative process!

    • Kay

      Thanks Ashlee! I love to see people’s creative process too! I always wonder if people will care since I don’t think I have a lot of specific art people following my blog. But I definitely want to head in the direct of sharing more process stuff here!

  • Spot on with the Deadpool. I almost though it was an actual image from the movie, rather than one of your artistic drawings since it looks so life like. The blood splatter is perfect background choice too

    • Kay

      Thanks so much! It’s one of my most realistic attempts at rendering with Copic markers that’s for sure. I’m still finding a ‘style’ for them. Always experimenting!

  • My massive paper for my final at school. It’s really taking up all my time and reading a book I have to write a review on and drafting my article about AMBW in Mortal Kombat.

    • Kay

      I don’t miss school finals haha! Though since I went to art school, a lot of my college finals were art projects which was still stressful, but had an element of fun. 🙂 Best of luck with your paper! I’m so behind on reading this month. D:

      • Yeah I miss art school too! I had to go to normal school because I graduated art school. The assignments were certainly stressful but the demands were not nearly as high. 😛

  • christine

    Love that background! And YAY Harry Potter!

    • Kay

      Thanks Christine! 🙂

  • These are wonderful! <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3

    • Kay

      Thanks Mandy!

  • It’s so interesting learning more about your processes and getting a bit of a behind the scenes look into how you get to a finished piece. Great post.

    • Kay

      Thank you! I definitely want to share more of the process of different pieces in the future!

    OMGGADDDDD. You’re so smart for doing color/drawing/trial runs. I never do that and have ultimate regret and redo later. I’m SO STOKED YOU GOT YOUR PORTFOLIO PAGE UP! Ahhh! That cumberbatch piece <3

    • Kay

      Thanks! I would be SO STRESSED if I tried to just dive in with color; I have such little experience with it! In fact, I think that Cumberbatch portrait was one of the last graphite pieces I did since the hair study in graphite. Sometimes I miss it, but I’m really loving finding a technique with the Copics!

  • *Points down* I don’t know why I enjoy you and Liana fangirling at each other so much, but it always makes me smile 😀 haha

    I really like how both turned out. I like the texture of the crayola, but the detail of the copics. It’s amazing what a big, but yet subtle difference there is between the two. And that Deadpool is so cool. I liked it without the background – in fact, I would looooove to buy a row of super hero headshots and frame them.

    • Kay

      Thanks Kimi! Hehe, I love Liana. 😀

      I think I need to work on composition more to be satisfied with plain headshots. I’ve seen some that look AMAZING for sure (case in point – the Starlord print from Liana that I have! LOVE!!) so I definitely agree with you that they can be so great! Also, I never add backgrounds to anything, so forcing myself out of my comfort zone and trying new things can be good (or a train wreck bahaha, it’s always a toss up!)

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