Life and things

I haven’t had a lot of time to talk about things because I was at Special Edition NYC on June 6 and 7, I had my nephew and his wife visit from the old country and I was at AnimeNEXT this past weekend on June 12-14. It’s been crazy. Here are my thoughts about what’s been going down.

Special Edition NYC
I know last year I said I wasn’t sure if I was going to try to have a table this year but I gave it a shot and it turned out to be quite profitable! There were way more attendees this year, since last year was a total ghost town. I saw people who commissioned me last year and they ended up commissioning me this year, which totally made me feel special.

I shared a table with the funny and talented Carlos Abdu and we had a blast, chilling out, talking nonsense and drawing stuff.

I wasn’t too crazy about the new venue. It’s a good idea to not have an event that involves lots of paper in really humid conditions. We were at a pier, which means we were by the Hudson River and the humidity wrinkled a lot of people’s prints and comics. We also got that authentic Hudson River smell which kinda smelled like urine. Gross.

If Special Edition would have me next year, I’d gladly go back, though. It was small, but fun and it will only get bigger from here.

I always love going to AnimeNEXT. Hands down, it’s my favorite convention to AA at. I’m super sad that my table partner couldn’t make it. I miss her and I hope she’s doing well.

On the lighter note, AA is always packed and sales are always amazing. I did lots of commissions this time around and I got lots of compliments on my art style. I was pleasantly surprised at how well my original prints sold this time around, as it’s been a running gag that they never sell. Believe me, it’s not a self-confidence issue of “ohmagad my prints suck” it’s just that I’m a realist and I know it’s harder to sell original prints when most people are clearly looking for fan art prints at conventions.

I also saw a lot of repeat customers and old friends that I haven’t seen in a while. I can’t quite describe it but this AnimeNEXT made me feel quite special and I’m still on a high from that.

Other than that, I took my nephew and his wife to Lower Manhattan and we went up into the observation deck(s) of the new World Trade Center and did touristy things. It was fun and quite visually stimulating.

That’s it for now. Artwork posts coming soon, as well as major updates to my portfolio stuff. Also, more jewelry coming soon :D

Sinister Kid

sinisterkidwebI realized I don’t like writing blog posts because I find them tedious, but it’s a necessary evil.

I’ve been trying to get myself to finish more things, even if I don’t like the way they’re going, to try and improve my coloring techniques. I love coloring, I just don’t do it enough.

I wanted to color this without overthinking it, adding way too much shadows or working the colors until they got muddy and irreparable – which are some of the carnal sins I’ve committed when coloring in the past.

This was inked with prismacolor pens and colored with copic markers and prismacolor pencils.

And in case you were wondering, that’s a girl. Female characters don’t always have to make pretty faces, have their boobies hanging out or be contorted in ways that the viewer can see all their girly parts at once.

Image and character © Indira Jainanan

Musical Demon

mandolin-pencilsThis year, I’m making it my business to step up the portfolio game and try to get more commissions/freelance work. I still love drawing more than making jewelry, hence, wanting to get more drawing jobs.

Last year, I kinda beat myself up over doing “pretty, detailed, predictable stuff”, I second guessed myself a lot and held myself back for no reason at all. I like doing pretty, detailed, predictable stuff and even if it’s predictable, I should still do it. I’m pretty sure the only person who’s judging me is me anyway.

I’m in the process of inking this and it’ll be colored with watercolor. I want to do more digital work, as my traditional stuff doesn’t scan very well but I can’t help it. I still love traditional media even though it looks awful on a computer screen ;__;

Image and character © Indira Jainanan

Drawing Video!

It’s a drow drawing! … or a drow-ing!? This took me approximately 50 minutes to do.

Want to get something cool like this, help a children’s hospital AND mess with my d&d character? Check out my Extra Life donation page here. 100% of the proceeds go to the hospital.…

Drawn in Paint Tool SAI
Illustration by Indira J
Dungeons and Dragons is property of Wizards of the Coast. I do not own drow, nor do I want to :/

Lord of Murder

evilpallyI realized I haven’t really talked about this picture that much, but as silly as it sounds, it means a lot to me.

I’ve mentioned this before, but for the longest time, I’ve struggled with digital art. This is the first time in a long time that I’ve felt confident with something I’ve drawn and colored digitally, and I didn’t think that was possible. I’ve always told myself that I’ll never be able to do anything digitally beyond a cartoonish combo of crisp lines and cel shading.

One day, I sat down with my refurbished Motion Computing tablet (because I can’t afford a cintiq) and I told myself that I was going to stop sucking at digital art. One thing I’ve always liked was drawing and shading with ballpoint pen, so I tried to get the same effect with digital. You’re looking at (probably) the only idiot who likes to ink with the rough pencil tool.  But it works for me and I like the way it looks. And the entire struggle has been to try and find something that feels comfortable and has my signature style to it.

This is the first of many more good things to come. I’m already working on making more elaborate drawings with even more complex rough pencil shading. I’m just surprised at how quick I was able to get this done (2.5 hours). I’m used to spending 10 hours not knowing what the hell I’m doing with digital and then realizing I wasted 10 hours on something I didn’t even like.

Image and character © Indira Jainanan