Practice makes perfect

A few weeks ago, I was introduced to another illustrator via a mutual friend at my aikido club. Kevin Levell is an excellent artist, and I recommend having a browse through his portfolio.

One thing I’ve noticed that Kevin does is regularly publish 15 minute sketches on his blog. He does some very nice sketches of well known comic book characters, particularly those from the 2000AD universe.

This strikes me as a very good way of warming up one’s pencil, and there is no substitute for regular practice to sharpen up the skills, so I’m going to give it a go myself. Given my current commitments, I very much doubt that I’ll be able to produce a sketch a day, but it’s definitely something to aim for.

I started today with a sketch of a character that I created myself some years ago when I was trying to pursue a career in the comic book industry. Akiko is a psychotic martial arts and sword expert with a leather fetish and a nice arse. You can see some of my earlier renditions of her here and here.

I originally aimed to complete the sketch in about 20 minutes, but I chose a rather ambitious pose for her, and ended up taking about an hour to get to the stage you see below. The anatomy is still a bit wonky, but it’s a good starting point. Hopefully I will be able to post some new sketches fairly regularly. Feel free to wade in with some critique:

Akiko Sword Strike

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