New Years WIP

Hello all! I hope you all had a fun and safe new years celebration!

I spent today aggressively cleaning my house, leveling up Pokemon, and trying to work on some digital work that I've been meaning to finish. Case in point, my Lor the Gravedigger illustration that I started earlier this year. I was happy to find that through my work on it today I was able to figure out how to successfully (in my opinion) draw blood/gore. I also decided to try and simplify the bushes in the background. I was trying to do a more 'painterly' style with them and I've finally realized that kind of style just doesn't work for me. I just can't work with it successfully so I tried to break down the shapes and shades even more. I feel like I'm about 90% done with it. I've also realized since the entire scene was put together after drawing and coloring Lor herself, I don't think the lighting will ever be 100% correct. But I'm okay with that. I'm really happy with the track this piece is on and thought I'd share that. Hoping to finish it up soon!

December Doodles

Hi all! I hope everyone had a lovely holiday! I've been really busy at work but now that the holidays are winding down I'm looking forward to some early spring cleaning and getting more work done! In the mean time here are a few things I've done lately.

A drawing done for my friend Seir of her beautiful ball jointed doll who seems to have a life of her own.

A little WIP drawing of a mori style girl. I've been really into 'Dark Forest Mori' and 'Strega' styles recently and even picked up some great wardrobe pieces today. I love the layering of textures and fabrics as well as the darker nature themes. More on that soon.

I've got some more work coming up but most needs to be scanned. In the mean time here's a tl;dr to do list for myself:

+ Finish setting up online store (photos and descriptions, take inventory)
+ Finish branding research and set up
+ Set up website, hosting and domain name
+ Finish second Alencia book
+ Choose conventions to show at and set up registration and plans for attending said cons.
+ Get house cleaned up and sorted

Lots of work to do...

Happy International Lolita Day!

Hello everyone!

I break away from hectic overtime and bad weather to give you a frilly drawing. I found out this morning it is International Lolita day (one of two such days a year: one in winter and one in the summer). Since I was at work all day I didn't have the opportunity to dress up so I thought I'd post this drawing I did over the last two days as a mild stress reliever. It features 'Seraphim' my reluctant Lolita Magical Girl/Super hero. She was originally part of the 'Spork Bunny' story and started as a gag character yet I found myself developing her pretty well. I would really like to do a mini comic about her some time describing her background and personality traits more.

Done with Copic multiliners, Copic Markers, and colored pencil on A6 sized Deleter comic paper ('postcard sized').

Family Matters

Hi everyone!
I thought I'd drop in and post a WIP sketch of a digital painting I'm starting as a personal reference of Alencia's family. This will be of a painting that is hanging in Alencia's family home. I want the painting to point out how Alencia looks nothing like her family as well as input symbolism and possible foreshadowing for each family member.


This image has been in my head for at least a year or two so I'm pretty stoked to even get this far in getting out and on 'paper.' Aside from this and a sketches I've also done some world building for Alencia's stories so I'm feeling really good about it. I have some ideas for the elves of her world and different 'human' races, as well as Alencia's origins and family history.

Cosplay Progress- 'Fancy Dog-Tier Jade'

Hello everyone!

Sorry it's been silent around here but things have been busy as usual. Getting ready for Nekocon was busy and luckily not toooo stressful but it was a good time in the end. I didn't really get any photos of me wearing my cosplay but I did take progress photos as I made the Dog-tier hood, which turned into a lined full circle cloak.

Side view so you can see how long the 'tails' of the hood are.


Front view.


Detail of the hood's trim, which I got at Joanne's. It was expensive but made less so with the help of coupons. I also added wire to the inside of the hood's rim so I could pose it for photos as well as making it easier to wear.


For the trim around the cloak I used a beautiful black lace that I had picked up back in England. I had a lot of it luckily and there was more than enough for this cloak. I had originally bought the hood's trim for the cloak rim but when I decided to make it full circle there clearly wasn't enough. I also added little satin bows to the front as a cute detail.


And here is a peek at the interior lining of the cloak. It's a black fabric with grey designs of birds and flowers in a classical style. I had used this fabric in high school to make a bag out of (which I still have).


Once we get some time and maybe some snowy weather I want to take better photos of the whole costume together. I spent enough time on it I need nicer photos of the whole thing :P

I'm also currently working on a commission that I don't want to share until it's done, and I'm going to try to gather up sketches to scan soon and share before our four weeks of overtime hits at the very end of the month.
So stay tuned!

Brief Life Update

Hey everyone!

I thought I'd chime in and give you a little update. As you know I had to put a halt on the daily doodle updates for a bit while I get through overtime at work this week. Due to working so much and life stress I had to cancel some plans this weekend and stay home. My CTS was worsening by the end of the work week and I desperately need a physical rest as well as a mental/emotional one. Today there is a memorial service being held in Richmond for Mr. Kerry Talbot, a VCU teacher who passed away recently. He had a very positive impact on my life and how I approach my comic work. It breaks my heart that I can't be present for this, though I hope to honor him in my own way soon (hands permitting).

I'm hoping to hop back on the drawing a day bandwagon soon and get back to work on all my projects; as well as showing them to you. Thanks for sticking with me! More art to come soon!

-Fran

Day 15?

Hey guys!
So my hands are hurting a bit from work today so instead of drawing a new sketch I'll be sharing a never before seen illustration that I did a few months ago. This is part of my Elder Scrolls fan book project collecting illustrations and comics, as well as photos of props I've made, having to do with the Elder Scrolls games (as well as showing my love for them).

This illustration features my Oblivion character Mureil the Shadow Bard. Its my personal headcannon that she is the grandmother of my Skyrim character Merion the Lioness.
Here she is offering glow dust to the shrine of Azura while she is also being rewarded for completing Azura's quest by receiving 'Azura's Star.'


In other news it turns out I'm going to have over time ALL WEEK starting tomorrow so I'll be working 10 hour days and getting home by about 1am every night. Which will be taking up the night hours that I usually work on these sketches so I'm hoping I'll have time in the mornings to get these done but just in case I don't I'll try to share more finished works that I've been unable to share previously (or have just forgotten about) so you'll have something nice to look at while I'm gone. So bare with me, this week will be a bit rough :/

In the mean time be sure to keep up with podcasting machine El Goro, as he reviews a movie every day with "31 Days of Halloween."

Day 14

Day 14 continues with the next monster girl design; Alien. Lately I've been getting nostalgic for old school Lolita fashion (early 2000's mainly) so I decided to indulge myself and draw an Alien girl in her first Lolita dress. She had to tare her second set of arms through it but otherwise its a nice fit! I also purposefully drew her without breasts. She's not a mammal and her design is lazy enough without making her too human :P

Not sure if its easy to tell but she's taking a mirror 'selfie' photo with her smart phone.


Don't forget to see what El Goro is up to with his next installment of "31 Days of Halloween!"

Day 13

Hi all!
Today I'm feeling a bit rough so here is a rough self portrait, where I look how I feel.

Durrr....

Hoping to bring some more monster girls to the blog soon, I've got some design ideas. But in the mean time I gotta admit I'm liking the freedom and liveliness of this digital sketching I've been doing lately.

Don't forget to check out what El Goro is up to with his "31 Days of Halloween" podcast!

Day 12

Hey all!
For today's sketch I decided to try some 'pen sketching' by drawing without guide lines and just a black brush (digital brush in this case). El Goro was involved in a recent facebook conversation with my fiance Cult Moody to which a discussion about terrible big foot movies happened, and escalated into me and Moody looking up all the big foot movies we can and what we will encourage El Goro to watch. So here is El Goro buried under part of a mountain of terrible big foot movies. You can find a list of them here.


Honestly this could just as easily be me buried under there :/

Don't forget to check out what El Goro is up to on his blog and give a listen to his "31 Days of Halloween" podcast!

Day 9

Hello everyone! Keeping up with the monster girl challenge theme of the last few days I continue on with 'Robot' girl. I want to revisit this image as a short, wordless comic.

The story here is that this robot lady has been keeping her owner company during some kind of emergency where everyone was under 'lock down' in the apartment complex. They were there for a long time and he is now a corpse, but the robot doesn't really understand so she just keeps him company. And now years after a disaster of some kind, the apartment is being checked through by people and they open the door to find her there with his corpse. Lovely!


Don't forget to check out day 9 of El Goro's "31 Days of Halloween" podcast!

Day 8

Following the continuation of the monster girls challenge, this entry is 'ghost girl' so I decided to do a design for the ghost that will be appearing in the next Alencia story I'll be starting after 'Tomb of the Unspoken' wraps up. This is the ghost of an elf woman who is haunting a house and causing distress to a woman that Alencia is helping. She is caught in one of her magic chalk circles (this one causes the spirit to be confined to a space and forces it to physically manifest so they can see her). I want her clothing to be influenced by eastern European folk clothing but it will probably differ in the final comic.


Be sure to check out day 8 of El Goro's "31 Days of Halloween" horror movie review podcast!

Day 7

For today's doodle I decided to get back to the "30 days of Monster Girls" challenge and start some of those monster girl designs that I never got around to. Picking back up where I left off is #15- Dragon/Reptile, so here is my sassy and fashionable dragon girl. Keeping it as the intial sketch for now, I'd like to go in and ink/color her later.


I think I'll definitely be belting out a few of these monster girl design doodles this month, and then going back and polishing them up.
Stay tuned for more!

And don't forget to give El Goro some Halloween love at his blog and check out the next installment of his "31 Days of Halloween" podcast project!