Panty Vigilante Chapter 4: A Progress (Part 1)

I’m making a huge push to get book 4 of Panty Vigilante done in time for Planet Comicon at the end of April. Since I haven’t been posting any sketches, I thought I’d share my progress on the cover art with you all.

(It’s my first attempt at a wraparound cover. I’m excited!)

 

Here it is halfway done with inking. I tend to freehand a lot of my inks, so there’s really not a whole lot of pencils to see. Mostly just enough to make sure things are placed where I want them and to get specific details right.

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Finished inking! I’m working on two 11″x17″ sheets of bristol taped side by side.

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Starting with color! I fancy pinks and purples with this.

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Still working on the background, but here’s her face.

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And here’s her face mostly finished.

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And a picture of her skin finished!

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Working on her hair here. The color differences is because the others were artificial light. This is what it looks like in natural daylight.

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And her outfit is where I am at now! The size discrepancy in her hands is because of the angle that I took the photo from. I was trying to get my shadow out of the way. I promise she’s symmetrical. She does not have one giant hand and one baby hand.

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I will probably be pulling a late night trying to get this done, so hopefully you will see another update from me today!

Planet Comicon 2016!

So Planet Comicon has come and gone. I realize I hyped it up so much on the Panty Vigilante site and, well, hardly at all here. But, yes, I was at Planet Comicon this year. It was awesome and I’m pretty stoked for 2017 now.

I debuted chapter 3 of my book Panty Vigilante on Friday, which was super exciting for me. It was a big push to get it done and printed in time for PCC.

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I caught up with old friends and made new ones. If you met me at PCC and are visiting my site for the first time, welcome!

Anyway, I was behind a table for most of the time, so I didn’t get too many pictures. Thankfully my wonderful bf was there to snap a good picture of my booth (he also cooked me kick ass breakfast every morning before the con. Be still my beating heart!):

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I also have some good snapshots of commissions from this weekend:

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A sketchbook drawing of Power Girl, commissioned by my friend Ali Smith. She also runs an awesome convention in Manhattan, Kansas called Little Apple Comic Con, which I will be attending next February!

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I’m not personally into furries, but someone asked me to draw their fursona. It turned out to be a nice change of pace and painting the fur was fun.

These three are caricature commissions from a couple who wanted a birthday present for their niece (who is a Slytherin fan), and their two daughters. Their daughters just liked superheroes in general, so they weren’t looking for anything too specific. I pretty much got to design whatever costume I wanted for them and had a lot of fun with it.

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This wasn’t a commission. Just a sketch I did for fun of Jon Snow and Ghost at the convention. I ended up coloring it and I will post it later. In the meantime, here’s an inked version.

 

Anyway, Planet Comicon was awesome this year. I have a lot more to post, so stay tuned!

 

Also my next appearance is River Des Press Expo in St. Louis, Missouri!

Panty Vigilante Chapter 2 Cover Progress, As Chronicled On Instagram.

I’ve been meaning to make tutorials for my artwork for as long as I’ve been posting my stuff online. So for approximately 15 years, I’ve been meaning to get around to it. It’s not because of laziness or just not knowing what to make for any given tutorial. I have ideas. I always have ideas. I just get so into what I’m doing, I forget until I’m about midway through any given artwork that I had meant to use that piece to help enlighten others.
Thankfully smart phones and wi-fi are a thing now, making posting progress shots online super convenient. If you happen to be on Instagram, my username is erica_supreme and you can catch these pretty much real time. Otherwise, I’ll post my progress shots here and try and talk my way through them the best I can.

So this is the cover art for chapter 2 of Panty Vigilante. For those unaware, it is my webcomic which I collect and turn into printed comics as soon as a chapter is done. You can check out the comic here.

Anyway, I do all of my comic stuff at 11″x17″. I recommend anyone in comics work in this size if you aren’t already. It makes things a lot easier on you when you shrink it down for print later on.

All of my comic work is also done on bristol. It’s a little bit heavier and more durable.

So here I am about midway through the pencils. I work a lot with gestures, which you can’t really see here. I’ll try to post some in the future. I just wanted both figures to flow and compliment each other.

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It’s really easy to fall into the trap of super elongated bodies. I had to erase a lot. For Addey (the upside down character), I drew her right side up, then flipped it for Kate. I also kept drawing Kate’s legs really long at first.

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Lotsa hair!
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Now onto inking. I did this in two steps: with a fountain pen to get the initial lines down, along with fine details, and then I went over with a brush for line variation and “flow”. The hair was mostly inked with a brush.

I use acrylic inks for my inking and painting. The brand I use is Liquitex, but there are a lot of good brands out there.
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When I go to color, I always start with a base color. Usually if I decide on one in the beginning, it serves as a good point of reference for all of my other colors. For this painting, I started with a blue wash. At this point, I’m using mostly water. I’ll build on it later.

Also I had to take a lot of breaks to let this dry so I don’t warp the paper too much.

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Here, I’ve started layering on color. I used a lot of blues and a magenta to bring in pink and purple tones. It breaks up the monotony and makes the blues look nicer.

I use a lot of vertical strokes, finished with paint splatters for texture.

Also once the background was mostly done, I used masking tape to keep the paper from curling.

I usually use a masking liquid on my paintings, but for whatever reason skipped that step here. I ended up having to work around that later on.
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The problem I ran into from not masking out the characters was that the ink is still pretty transparent and the wash was too dark. I ended up mixing in a little bit of white gouache to help with opacity.
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Hair is done and I’m moving onto clothes!
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Decided they were looking a little pale. I used some really watered down magenta to add a touch of blush to their skin. Also got more of their clothes done.
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Starting to add in highlights.
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Bumped up the highlights more! At this point on Instagram I considered it finished, but I ended up painting over the highlights on her skirt to tone it down (I overdid it) and added a white outline.
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This is the final product. It scanned in really blue, so it took a long time to correct in Photoshop. It probably wouldn’t have been as much of an issue if I had just masked the characters in the beginning. Ah well, live and learn.

I also brightened it using color dodge in choice places. Mostly the hair.

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