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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


speedpaintingA while back, I ran out of my usual Borden and Riley Paris Bleedproof Paper for Markers and Pens. It sounds fancy, but it’s pretty inexpensive and I like it because ink doesn’t smudge on it. I had a hankering to color something with markers at some odd hour of the night and I didn’t have my usual paper, which made me really sad.

I desperately tried to search for something else that was marker-friendly and remembered that I had a random book of Copic’s own marker paper. I decided to use that and see how it works. I drew something before this, inked it and when I tried to color, the pen ink lines smudged all over the place. That made me angry. So I was sad because I didn’t have my usual paper and I was also angry because other paper was smudgey!

BUT – I discovered something awesome. The smudgeyness works really well with the markers alone in the sense that the colors blend together really nicely. I immediately scrapped the old inked thing I was working on and tried to do a ‘lineless’ black and white portrait like how a CG artist would do.

I gotta say, it worked pretty damn well! I know the face isn’t totally symmetrical or whatever, but this was just a test. The paper definitely has potential to do really awesome things, even though it’s not useful for what I originally wanted it for.

I’m in a mood to experiment with the same line art, a lightbox and  a bunch of different types of paper to see what can be done on what paper. I just have to wait until I get different types of paper.

I’ll post the results and my findings when I’m done :D
Image and character © Indira Jainanan