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Ongoing illustration practice as I experiment with various media.
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So much of my time is spent working on design, development, or writing, and I want to give myself an artistic outlet through illustrations.
This is my friend, Jes. I used a micron for finer details, a 40% cool grey Prismacolor Premier Brush | Fine marker, and a black Prismacolor brush-tip illustration marker on tracing paper. Photo reference credit goes to Justin Bean.
This is my friend, Lindsey, on her wedding day. I used a micron for finer details, a 40% cool grey Prismacolor Premier Brush | Fine marker, and a black Prismacolor brush-tip illustration marker on tracing paper. Photo reference credit goes to Sanderson Images.
This is my Twitter friend, Emily. She saw my portraits of Jes and Lindsey and wondered if I'd consider her for practice as well. I used a micron for finer details, a 40% cool grey Prismacolor Premier Brush | Fine marker, and a black Prismacolor brush-tip illustration marker on tracing paper. Photo reference credit goes to Stephanie Garvey Photography.
I decided that I wanted to move from sketches and tracings to a more artistic illustration approach with my friend Alyssa. I used Prismacolor Premier Brush | Fine markers for the entirety of the piece (30%, 40%, and 60% cool greys along with black), on marker paper. 
This is Michelle Dockery of Downton Abbey fame. I came across a new problem when I began to draw her - she is very pale-skinned, and a 30% cool grey was too dark for her skin. To solve this problem, I used a piece of glass as a palette and mixed 30% cool grey with my blending marker to achieve lighter skin tones.
This is Gina Torres of Firefly fame.
This is Bille Piper of Doctor Who fame.
2014. Live-sketch of a man at a party I attended.
2014. Sketch of my friend Elizabeth from a photo she posted of herself.
2015. Inktense and India ink in a sketchbook (plus a Faber Castel marker for the lettering), then digitized and textured in Photoshop.
2015. Faber Castel marker in a Levenger sketchbook, then vectored and finalized in Illustrator.
This was created using a stock photo from deviantART artist TwiggXstock as a reference. I used Dr. Ph. Martin’s India Ink (a mix of black and a tiny bit of purple, actually) in a fine-tipped Pentel Aquash water brush along with clean water in a medium-tipped Pentel Aquash water brush on Canson 140# cold-pressed watercolor paper (9×12). For my first real foray into ink/fashion-ish illustration, I’m pretty pleased — and really excited about what I may be able to do with some practice.