The beginning of a new drawing

The first rough drawing for my book “Crooks and Straights”

This is a door knocker that hangs on my main character’s door.  It’s based on a hamsa hand,  a two-thumbed hand with an eye on its palm, which is a very common good luck sign in many parts of our world.

In my story this door knocker acts as a ward against magic.  I think it’s going to get very much simplified 🙂

door-ward

Nico emerges

Another character sketch.   This is Nico, younger brother of my main character.

Nico

Human plus dog equals rat, it seems

I had another go at drawing Brakman, a character from the book I’m writing at the moment.  To make sense of his name, you need to know that “brak” is a derogatory term for a mixed-breed dog.  I tried to draw a more doggy aspect of him first, and mix in some more human features – like the nose and eyes.  Came out looking remarkably like a rat 🙂

Brakman also looks a lot more competent and confident as a rat-dog than as a man.

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This one did not come out quite as I planned

A new character sketch for the book I’m writing at the moment. This is Brakman.  He did not really come out as I imagined him.  He should have a sharper face.  But he looks sad and nervous, which is how he should be.

brakman

Creature drawings for my new book

I’m outlining my new book – something quite different this time, not part of The Sisters series (The Story Trap, The Broken Path).  I’m doing the world-building, figuring out how the story world works.  I find it helps a lot to draw potential characters or possible creatures.

This one is a kind of fairy that lives in a communal hive very much like wasps do:

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This is a household creature,  the kind that will do little jobs for a saucer of milk, but will do mischief too, if you ignore or insult them. A sort of brownie or nisse:

 

This one is something like a garden hobgoblin.  She’s a lot more patient than the brownie:

garden_goblin

And I’m not sure what this is.  A sort of scavenging feral creature?  A sort of ratling?

ratling

Birdface

In between work-for-pay, I’ve been doodling. This drawing was prompted by thinking about the difference between being highly strung, and hyper aware:

birdfacesmall

Introducing Porcupine

More work in progress illustrations for The Broken Path:

This time, a character called “Porcupine”.  She’s standing in front of the fountain in Company Gardens, late at night.
The first few lines:

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Then the rest is painted in using only black and white:

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The drawing is nearly done:

porcupine_wip

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Broken Path cover: Work in Progress

I finally got going on the design for the cover of “The Broken Path”.  It’s a challenge, as it needs to work on its own, and look similar enough to the cover of “The Story Trap” so show that it’s a sequel.

Rough sketch:

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Interesting things happen en route, I like the fresh look of this hand by itself, and the black version is also interesting:

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I’m playing with doing an open version of the hand as well:

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And this is what it looks like at the moment. Very unfinished still:

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A night visit to the museum

Another work-in-progress for my book.  This time, depicting a scene where a witch visits the Museum of Natural History after hours.  This is not a finished drawing. Not happy with it yet, but it’s getting there 🙂

museum

A story about a little girl and her dog

Work in progress: the first of the “plates”, or  full page illustrations of significant moments in my book.  Here Rebecca tells her sister Pippa a bed time story, like the ones she used to tell when Pippa was a little girl.

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I do these drawings by hand on paper first, then scan them in and paint the rest in Photoshop.  I like working in black and then erasing the excess away to create a sort of lino-cut feel.

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Chapter Crabs

Working on the little drawings that will go at the end of each chapter.  Something like this, maybe:

crabs

Here is another one:

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Story Drawings for The Broken Path

Yesterday I started (at last) the illustrations for my book The Broken Path.  Just rough pencil sketches so far. This is a scene where Rebecca tells a story to her sister Pippa:

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And a whole lot of crabs:

crab_front crab_top_simple crab_top

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Drawing on my phone

A whole new medium for me to discover: drawing on my phone. Actually, drawing directly with a
finger on a touch screen is really tricky.

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Glowing Girl with Branching Thoughts

This is the first drawing in a long time that was for no particular project.  Started off not knowing what would happen and just went along till it seemed finished. Today was a public holiday, so no teaching for me.  I indulged and spent some hours doodling on Photoshop while listening to “Widdershins” by Charles de Lint.

Grey roses, shadows and chains

This might be it: the cover for my new book The Story Trap.  Is it finished?  Not sure. I’ve been working on it all day and can no longer see it.  Maybe tomorrow I’ll look at it and start changing things again…

The big change from previous version is the pattern in the mirror, the roses are completely redone and no longer pink, and I’ve inserted more shadows.

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