Category Archives: Finished work

Artwork that has been finished

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

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

New Artwork – Moon Goddess

Moon Goddess

Old Moon Goddess
Comparison of a remake of an old image from 6 years ago.  I really liked the idea behind the image, but I couldn’t stand to look at how terrible the old picture was. Because, yeah, it was terrible. 6 years really makes a difference.

The new one was done with watercolor, gel pen and acrylic ink, while the old one was done in gouache and gel pen. Fun fact: the gouache destroyed a lot of my gel pens in the process because it doesn’t actually ‘dry’ and can be re-wet at any time, hence, a lot of my gel pens got clogged with gouache :(

Anywhoo, no gel pens died in the making of the new picture.

I’ve been in the mood to redo a lot of old pictures because, once again, I’m attached to the old ideas and I still want to have them around without looking like they were drawn by someone who has no idea what they were doing.

Image © Indira Jainanan