I just finished up a new sticker. I haven’t made the bookmark yet but that is in the works. I’m pretty happy with how it turned out but after looking back at some of the pictures I think I’m going to have to go back in and do some color correction.

It starts with a sketch. I usually do quite a few before I finally figure out what I want to do. I have started a few other Pok√©mon drawings that die in this stage. If I can’t get excited about the project I will move on and mull it over for a while.

Inking comes next. I really enjoy inking but the sketch is always my favorite. I like the clean look of a nice inking but there is something special about pencils. They seem fresher or more alive?

I am enamored with colored pencils right now. They are fun to work with, fairly clean and easy to get out and put away. I’ve been working with colored pencils for a long time and am happy with my technique. They are a bit like the initial pencils in the way that they add a nice element to the drawing. Computers have become the dominant force in coloring but with a few exceptions I really don’t like them. They usually flatten an image and draw the life out of it. The computer coloring that I often like the most are the ones that appear more painterly.

After I’m happy with the colors I scan it into the computer and do some touchups. I try to keep as true to the drawing as possible. I am always tempted to make the lines a bit straighter or the colors a little more even but unless there is a major problem I will leave the little imperfections.

And there you have it. I little process write up. I haven’t done one of these in a while. Actually I got away from the website for a while. You might notice alot is missing. Unfortunately I didn’t back up my database correctly so most of it is gone. So here’s to new starts.