Long overdue for an update!

Yikes, it's been almost ten months since I've posted here. So what have I been up to since then? Well, there was a commission painting last year and some random experiments. Recently I've been getting my art room organized by putting up cabinets and shelves for additional storage. And, while at Emerald City Comic Con, I decided to buy some Copic Markers since they had a big booth there. I bought a 12 pack a while back but not any paper for them because it was out of stock so I was left underwhelmed by the markers when I tried them out. However, after watching some YouTube videos of other artists using htem, I decided to give them another try and was quickly hooked. The right paper is very important to take advantage of the blending abilities.

So next I had to decide what I wanted to try creating with them. There were many paintings from my attempt at a 52 project last year that I wished I had longer to work on and refine. So why not do just that! My first Catventures painting seemed like an ideal starting point. After mulling over various layouts and poses for the cats I settled on this: 

With my sketch done, I didn't want to use the same piece of paper to complete the work because I wanted to try out various things with the Copic markers. So I scanned the sketch, printed it out and with a lightbox traced an outline with pen. Oh, I also made my own lightbox recently out of a 16"x20" hardwood canvas and LED strips. With the pen outline, I scanned that in and printed it out directly on Copic marker paper with my inkjet printer. This all allows me to preserve the original sketch, and produce multiple outlines to experiment with. After some color experimenting I got to work. Here's the completely version of that:

All the color was done with Copic markers and then I used white gouache for the fog. Then I scanned that and did some digital edits. Mainly adding the deckled edge effect which I used this tutorial for. Partway through this piece I realized I screwed up on adding the sun as a light source based on how I had shaded the piece in both the sketch and outline. But I decided to ignore that and finish the piece anyways to get the experience. 

With my first Copic marker piece completely, I'm now looking at doing another one with this same outline but perhaps a different environment.