Lots of people request coloring pages of my black and white line art, so I’ve put some pdfs together that you can easily download and color yourself. Enjoy! If you post pics of your coloring triumphs on Instagram or Twitter, please tag me @sharksketchbook — I’d love to see your creations! Historical Romance Fanart • The Hathaway Family inspired by the novels of Lisa Kleypas • Colin and Minerva from A Week to Be Wicked by Tessa Dare • Rafe…
I had a very productive MerMay in 2021 and felt like I’d finally recovered some of my creative groove. I used the monthly challenge to play a lot with line and color, and while there were some experiments that didn’t quite shine, I was quite proud of a few of these merfolk and felt like I’d learned and evolved a bit as an artist (which is always the hoped-for result of a challenge like this, in my opinion). This is quite a motley assortment of mers — a Lizzo-inspired mer pops up not once but twice (with a Chris Evans-ish merman, because they were flirting on Twitter the day I drew this), there is an exploration of the two different types of sirens, and even an undersea creature inspired by No-Face from Studio Ghibli’s Spirited Away. This was the first MerMay that I improvised — usually I plan them out so there is a good balance of genders and animal sidekicks. This was definitely an educational May!
As a warmup to the official MerMay challenge, I drew this warrior queen mermaid as a way of experimenting with linework and color and shaking off some of the lingering creative slump from 2020. I enjoyed playing with this fierce beauty! An Instagram poll for fave colors resulted in… no clear winner! People really loved the version they loved, it proved quite interesting. I’m glad I did this — I was in much better shape to start the actual challenge once May 1st rolled around.
I split Inktober 2019 into three short comics that used the official prompts. For the middle third of October, I did a sequel to last year’s Inktober comic Together Alone. I really enjoyed revisiting the supernatural seas! Maybe a happy ending next year… maybe.
I split Inktober 2019 into three short comics that used the official prompts. For the first third of October, I wanted to do something with witches of color that involved a happy/triumphant ending after grief and violation. I also wanted to play with the built-in type features in Procreate.