Fun with Reference Photos

Something I already knew from my previous drawing projects, but which has become even clearer while working on The Shifting City, is that reference photos are an artist's best friend. You don't want to copy them outright, but they're invaluable for figuring out tricky poses or objects you've never drawn before. The horse-drawn cart on…

Quarantine Reading

When my public library closed unexpectedly in mid-March due to the pandemic, I still had a couple of books checked out that I hadn't read yet, but once I was done with those I was limited to books we already own. This isn't much of a hardship, of course; if you've ever been to my…

Emily’s Top Picks of 2019

Happy 2020! I meant to do this post closer to the beginning of the year, but better late than never... Here (in order by author's last name) are some of my favorite literary discoveries of 2019 - books that made me go, "That was so good! I definitely want to read that again!" Most of…

Thumbnail Sketches

As mentioned in the last post, the cover for The Shifting City will probably be in color, with the rest of the comic in black and white. I photocopied the central drawing of the main characters and did some experimenting with colored pencils. I'm not entirely satisfied with how it turned out - Rosana's tan…