From Conception to Completion

Over the past week or so, I’ve been plugging away at this sketch of New Zealand-based future wrestling legend Evie.  A short while ago I finally, mercifully finished.  Not that I can actually explain how I shade with so much detail (pretty much completely self-taught), but I grabbed progress pics after each session.  Just thought it might be fun to show it in various stage of completeness here on the ol’ blog.  So here now is Evie, in five excruciatingly long steps.

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Step One: Just a semi-rough outline with minimal detailing..

Step two..

Step Two: The first section of shading.  Gotta start at the top and left because I’m right-handed & don’t use a glove or anything, so it’ll get messy if I don’t..

Step three..

Step Three: More shading.  Top to bottom, because the lower half is about to get hella complicated..

Step four..

Step Four: Roughing out the folds in the fabric.  So many folds.  So, sooooo many folds..

Step 5: The finished product..

Step 5: Tightened the folds, finished shading dress, tightened up other lines, touched up shading in places, and voila… Done!

And there you have it!  A complete sketch of one of the coolest and most badass wrestlers in the business, in classy mode, I guess you’d say.

That’s all for this post.  Thanks for stopping by!

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My Nerdiest Thing…

Lynna Sage from something I'm writing, currently under the working title Nexus Eternum..

Lynna Sage from something I’m writing, currently under the working title Nexus Eternum..

…is my art.

Sketch cards of Big E and AJ Lee..

Sketch cards of Big E and AJ Lee..

Drawing is probably the one thing I enjoy above all else.

Musician Dia Frampton..

Musician Dia Frampton..

Deciding to draw again may have even saved my life when I was at my lowest point.

Thing and Wonder Woman..

Thing and Wonder Woman sketch cards..

In the here-and-now, drawing relaxes me and is all-around helpful to my emotional wellbeing.

@Heinekenrana..

@Heinekenrana..

I don’t think there’s anything more essential to me.

Derek Jeter sketch card..

Derek Jeter sketch card..

Losing anything else, it may hurt forever, but I’ll deal.

Evie Wonder Woman sketch cover..

International indie wrestling star Evie on Wonder Woman sketch cover..

But even if I’m a laughably mediocre artist (and in many aspects I am), my art makes me more whole than I’ve ever been.

Stephen Strasburg sketch card..

Stephen Strasburg sketch card..

If anything I do ever becomes a thing, my art will still be important to me.

Indy wrestling star Hania..

Indy wrestling star Hania..

It centers me…

Lex Luthor, Starfire, and Green Lantern Arisia sketch cards..

Lex Luthor, Starfire, and Green Lantern Arisia sketch cards..

It heals me…

Fitness competitor/model Chie Terui..

Fitness competitor/model Chie Terui..

It completes me…

Dejah Thoris (Edited) sketch..

Dejah Thoris (Edited) sketch..

When I draw, it’s as close to deeply passionate about something as I ever get.

Sketch card of rising international wrestling star Evie..

Sketch card of international wrestling star Evie..

That passion is why I have to consider it my ultimate nerdy thing.

Expos Legend Tim Raines and Yankees prospect Luis Torrens repurposed sketch cards..

Expos Legend Tim Raines and Yankees prospect Luis Torrens repurposed sketch cards..

Thank you for stopping by.

Under the Broken Moon, from my big idea for a BSG-esque Thundarr revival..

Thundarr/Under the Broken Moon concept art..

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A Good Run of Art

Somewhere between 1 1/2 and two weeks leading up to, and including, Christmas, I went on a pretty epic art run.  I drew a few sketch cards & a couple bigger pics of favorite wrestle ladies, and started a big random DC Comics group shot Chrimmus night, thanks to dad having one of his big comic encyclopedias handy.  I also did 20 NSFW pics over the span, mostly concept work for an idea I had.  You… won’t be seeing any of them here.  They aren’t that good anyway.  Sorry to get your hopes up. 😛

Aside from the group shot (no photo taken yet, not that far along anyway), I will show you the SFW stuff though!  You can still fap to it if you want.  I won’t judge (much).

First up, here’s ridiculously beautiful, the delightfully geeky, Japan tour-bound, New Zealand-based future wrestling legend Evie!

I'm not saying I'm in love, but, uh, maybe.. \(♥o♥)/

I’m not saying I’m in love, but, uh, maybe.. \(♥o♥)/

I have had a crush on Evie since the first time I drew her.  This is not unusual.  I am a lonesome bum and I almost always get brief mini-crushes on the pretty ladies I like to draw.  But this crush, it just don’t wanna go away. *le sigh*

Keep moving.  How about another beautiful and talented and geeky rising wrestling starlet I may or may not have a crush on?  Hit me with dat sweet, sweet Hania Huntress sketch

Hania Huntress, who is TOTALLY not Saturyne without her mask..

Hania Huntress, who is TOTALLY not an unmasked Saturyne..

Someday I will draw the She-Wolf far enough down her badass body for you to see her epic abs, but alas today is not that day.  Shame too, because she was rocking them in the pic I drew this from.

Now onto the sketch cards…

ECIII..

ECIII..

Ethan Carter III, whom you may remember as Derrick Bateman if you watched NXT.  He is an entertaining feller.

MMA legend Bas Rutten..

MMA legend Bas Rutten..

I opened up the twitter suggestion box at the beginning of this run, and my brilliant punster/MMA guru friend LegKickTKO chose him.

The Estonian Thunderfrog.  Let that sink in... ESTONIAN. THUNDERFROG.

The Estonian Thunderfrog. Let that sink in… ESTONIAN. THUNDERFROG.

It was late, so I only got two suggestions.  And this is the other, from D aka Heinekenrana, aka one of the coolest people EVER.  Estonian Thunderfrog is amazing and one of the best reasons I can think of that you should support indie wrestling, by the way.

Roman Reigns is Papa-Romeo-Echo-Tango-Tango-Yankee.  Pretty.

Roman Reigns is Papa-Romeo-Echo-Tango-Tango-Yankee. Pretty.

The Shield’s spearing machine/pretty boy/heavy/monstabeast Roman Reigns.  You are all now pregnant.  Even the guys looking at this.  Especially the guys looking at this.

NXT's Tyler Breeze..

NXT’s Tyler Breeze..

Speaking of pretty boy wrestlers, though in a less macho, more selfie-taking way, presenting Tyler Breeze.  The glittery gel pens don’t show up so well in scans, but trust me, the background is full of sparkles befitting such a superstar.

KANA..

KANA..

KANA is a pretty big star in Japan and the ‘Murcan indies.  I’d been meaning to draw her for awhile.  She happened to become a topic of conversation that I had no involvement in, that nonetheless spilled into my timeline during my art binge, so she got drawn.

Hey, it's Evie again..

Hey, it’s Evie again..

Oof, right in the feels.  I feel like I’m going out of my mind when she crosses it.  And I kinda like the way that feels.  Closing out this post and the year 2013 with a sketch card of Evie, because I can’t not…

And now that I’ve made a fool of myself, onward to 2014!  Happy New Year, everybody.

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