For the most part, I’ve just been posting my fan art creations on social media (Instagram, Tumblr, and Twitter specifically), but this one I wanted to show here as a before/after thing, comparing my first ever effort at digital coloring with my most recent. So here’s the just-completed Izzy in Drag piece, line art done in natural media, coloring done in Photoshop:
I would say that’s a bit of an improvement, no? To be fair, I did install a bunch of digital brushes in the intervening 13 years, so I had more texture options for coloring Izzy. Even so, I have learned a lot about flatting and clipping masks and transparency and so forth.
This is all self-taught, by the way. I would love to take a class in digital coloring someday, but it ain’t happened yet.
My newest comic for OUT FRONT Magazine is all about the queer rep in Our Flag Means Death, and how the show offers a welcome pushback against rising anti-LGBTQ prejudice. Digital edition is here (I’m on page 24).
Squeezing all of my thoughts and feels about this show down into a half-page comic was basically impossible. In the event you’re yearning for my much more detailed analysis, I have effectively ceded my Tumblr over to the lobe of my brain that is now dedicated to fine-toothed thematic and historical analysis of a gay pirate rom com. I am very much a sucker for media that is so richly crafted you get something new out of it each time you engage with it, noticing new details or themes you had missed before.
I’ve been doing a lot of OFMD fan art as well, but I haven’t been posting it here. If you want to peep it, the easiest way to find it is to hit up the aforementioned Tumblr or my Instagram.
I guess I can’t really say anything else about it without spoilerizing, so let us move on to the next thing:
A wee bit of Steven Universe fan art! Like all queer nerds, it seems, I am digging this show, and Peridot is easily my favorite of the gems. (It is not lost on me that she shares some particular personality traits with my own Archer Hewitt of Politically InQueerect fame.)
I guess I just have a thing for cantankerous curmudgeons. As character archetypes go, anyway.
It’s pretty rare for me to feel motivated to do fan art, but after shotgunning all of Steven Universe while I was sick, I was unable to shake from my mind the image of a mashup between Centipeetle and Lion.
I don’t know what to tell you. There I was, minding my own business, when various unsavory artist friends on Twitter led me down the dark path of Newt/Hermann fan art. Just because I have a weakness for queer scientists and doing drawings of same. Here’s the relevant tumblr post.
Other than this sort of filth, I’ve mostly been working on character designs for my story for Beyond (and the epic fantastical science story those characters shall appear in after, and yes, there will be queer scientist-on-scientist action in that, too). I will post some of these arts eventually, but a lot of it is spoilery, so it’ll have to wait. Also, a couple of the characters were giving me design-related fits, and it’s taken awhile to nail them down. I think, though, I THINK I have it now. I’m just letting it percolate a bit before making it official.
I completely forgot to mention, by the way, that there’s a new issue of Rocksalt out, and I have a comic in it. You can read it online. Or if you’re in the central Texas area you can snag a physical copy in lots of places around Austin and San Antonio and I don’t even know where else.