Fun with Ink and Color

I’m currently working on a series of illustrations chronicling the life of a royal family.

Royal portrait

I’m using ink and color pencil on my old standby, Bristol paper. I’ve been playing around with the medium for the past two days and did some experimenting with toned paper.

I want to work on marrying the ink and color more, and using the tone of the paper is just an added bonus. This just goes to show the breakthroughs you can get when you don’t rely on the same techniques all the time. I have a whole sketchbook to fill, the last page will be very interesting.




Painting of dark brown skinned young lady.
Painting of dark brown skinned young lady.

I have finished this digital painting of a darker skinned young lady with natural hair.  This was a joy to work on and I learned a lot.  I did NOT do this strictly from imagination.  I used several photo references to cobble this together a person who doesn’t exist.  I didn’t use a terribly large array of reference for the hair which may or may not be a good thing. -Tyra