Tell me why you’re staring

Wonder Woman Day is coming up, and the Lara Sydney Gallery in Portland is hosting a show with several of the donated pieces from the WWD charity auction. Mine has been chosen as one (bottom left of the promo card!), and I just thought I’d let y’all know in case you happen to live in Portland or will be there over the month of October. :)
Also, if you are interested in buying any of the donated pieces, I’m told that the ones at the gallery will have a “buy now” price, so they might not make it to the silent auction, let alone the online auction. If you have your heart set on one, make sure to go to the show opening on October 1st!

Don’t believe in anything that you can’t break

I updated Between Gears tonight with 3 new pages. I need to simplify…those pages take longer than they should for a page-a-day schedule…

Exciting news: my piece for the Wonder Woman Day 4 charitable auction was chosen to be in the Lara Sydney Gallery in Portland this month! There will be a reception on First Thursday (October 1) if anyone wants to go see it. Many of the contributing artists will be there to talk about their work and socialize (I wish I could go, but I need to be here). I believe pieces in the gallery will have a “buy now” price on site, and will go up for silent auction on the 25th if they are not bought (and then go to an online auction if they aren’t bought on the 25th).
Also, organizer Andy Mangels called to give me details, and mentioned that one of the charities that WWD benefits used my art on their newsletter this month!!! I am so excited that it’s of use to the charity at all, let alone appearing in other places!

Work Week started yesterday! 9-5 training in the name of Pi Phi.

Sing P-O-N-Y-O!

UGH. SO BAD. I was listening to the English version of Ponyo’s theme song IRONICALLY and Disney’s voodoo magic made me actually LIKE IT.

Wonder Woman Day 4
by ~Tallychyck on deviantART
Here be the finished piece! (A photo, sorry for the quality!!) Please support Wonder Woman Day (on October 25) this year by submitting art, bidding on art, attending the event, or just picking up Wonder Woman and giving her story a try!

To get the galaxy without using whiteout, I tried some ‘drawing gum’, which I assume is just masking fluid in disguise -3- I tested effects like masking out on scrap from the same watercolor paper to make sure they worked:

Success! On to masking everything!!!

Ahhh, it is a glamorous life, this.

Oh Lord, please don’t let me be misunderstood

Here’s a digital mock-up for the Wonder Woman piece. I will watercolor it, but to help myself plan out color and lighting, I need to play around with it digitally first. Someday I hope to be able to visualize things in color, but right now my brain works in grayscale.
As you can see, there’s a lot I need to leave white in the background. I’m testing out some drawing gum now on scrap paper to see how it holds up to a medium wash. So far, so good. I guess there’s always white-out, but I don’t like the bump that leaves…

I could stay forever leave right now it’s your call either way

Progress photo for my Wonder Woman Day 4 piece (If you’re an artist, consider contributing a piece!!). Overall, I like it so far despite some little quibbles. I have to touch up the inking, make the lines bold and crisp, and add some weight in certain areas, then it’s on to color (plus, you know, backgrounds are a good thing). :P
I made one big mistake, though: Art Media was out of hotpress watercolor paper in the weight I wanted, so I went with coldpress. AGH. Too much texture!! My linework looks broken and fuzzy…I can’t get the brush to move along without a drybrush effect.

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