Thirty pages, day 2


Day 2: Another day, another try. Continuing yesterday’s Mass Effect theme, I decided to insert Shepard into a situation where she might have woken up to a firefight — mostly because I wanted to try and not use bulky armor as a crutch this time.

This is about a half-hour’s worth of pencils:


Definitely not perfect. I think in my imagination she was a little more buff than this, or maybe I drew her head bigger than I should have. Her pose is a little awkward, but at least it’s more adventurous than yesterday’s straight-on concept. The hands and lower body are totally undefined and the total effect is really amateurish, but overall, I was pleasantly surprised.

Normally, this is where I’d leave well enough alone, but we’re in a learning experiment here, so why not risk losing it all?

Here come the inks:


I think Shepard’s face, in particular, lost a lot in the process. Or at least morphed into something else entirely — who knows? — maybe it’s more appropriate for the subject matter. I’m pretty sure I overcompensated in trying to dial back the delicate features of the pencil sketch.

Overall, I’m not really happy with how this turned out, but I’m glad to have tried it. One of my problems in the past has always been bringing a piece of art to completion, so hopefully all this practice and acting outside my normally risk-averse instincts will pay off.

Anyway, I doubt this is as interesting for you as it is for me, but I think putting this stuff up, warts and all, has pushed me to grow a little more than I otherwise might have. And last time some of you said that you were feeling inspired to pick up your pencils too. I do hope that happened, and that, maybe, you’ll share, too!

  • I'm less happy about the pen version every time I look at it. Plus I totally forgot to ink an eyebrow!

  • Vanlal

    I liked the inked in shadows but unfortunately became fixated on her guns.

  • pastilla

    Like. Esp. drawn to the lovely shading under the forearm and the wispy hair :-)

  • Vanlal

    She has a huge bicep!

  • lori

    And it's not ruined! You have a photo! Trace it and continue. Play around and do several - try all the changes you wish! :D

  • Lori

    He face lost the softer focus with the inks. For me it changes the emotions as coming more from the head than the heart. There is a desperate intensity to her expression in the pencil, in the ink she feels more calculating.

    But that is just my impression. :)

  • I lied, a little. I am sad the pencil drawing got ruined. ;_;

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