Vin from Brandon Sanderson’s Mistborn trilogy is a great leading lady to start off my year of leading ladies (one of my New Year’s resolutions was to read more books by and starring women).
Sanderson uses clothing to distinguish his characters and their emotional states–which is pretty much how clothing works in real life, too. I’ve drawn Vin before, when she was at a ball, but this Vin is in her Mistborn cloak and in her element.
Vin has used disguises her whole life to disappear into something less threatening so that people will overlook her. But her Mistborn cloak lets everyone know that she is special–and dangerous. She isn’t hiding her power anymore, she is embracing the part of herself. In her cloak, Vin is the Heir of the Survivor, possibly the Hero of Ages, and the Savior of Luthadel.
But, of course, that isn’t all she is. She also loves wearing dresses, and she is in love with Elend, and she cares for her friends. She is many things, and embracing one side of her doesn’t erase the rest of herself.
My drawing is ink and watercolor, and here’s a (very short!) slideshow of it coming to life.
My other posts on Mistborn are:
This year I have resolved to do more sketching, so once a month I’ll share some of my sketches to keep me honest. It also will be cool to see a bigger picture of my style and skill evolving–if it evolves! that’s the hope–and to show some of my not-quite-finished or not-quite-there yet sketches. My sketches everyday (or hopefully everyday) are sometimes quick and sometimes to try new things, and none of them are perfectly done exactly the way I’d like them to be. But that’s what sketchbooks are for: practicing and experimenting. There’s no rhyme or reason to these, I just picked a few straight out of my sketchbook and posted these pictures straight from my phone. You can always follow me on instagram at raenudson and look at more of my sketches under #raesdrawings.Continue reading “sketching 2015: january”
My final fashion illustration class was this week, and we displayed our final projects. We had to create five different figures, and I based mine off of Twin Peaks. (I’ve talked a little bit before about the great costumes in that show.) It is visually stunning, and using it as inspiration for my drawings allowed me to explore that world a little differently than I had before.
I focused a lot on using colors inspired by the show–so a lot of greens and browns. I love the quirkiness of the characters, so I made sure to include Dr. Jacoby’s glasses and, of course, the log lady’s log. All my illustrations are in pen and markers. (Markers are so fun–who knew! Like a giant, fancy coloring book.)
I will definitely keep drawing and practicing–I’m a little sad the class is over! You can see my other posts about this class here and here.
It’s getting near the end of my drawing class, but here’s a few of my favorites so far. These drawings are from inspiration I’ve found in magazines or on Pinterest, or from our model in class.
My main goal from this class is to better be able to communicate my ideas visually–for fashion and home design and anything else I want to dream up. I am definitely improving, and it’s been a lot of fun. I learned a whole new medium in markers and I really, really like exploring that. Our final project is coming up next week–I hope I come up with something good. You can always follow along on Instagram or Twitter with the hashtag #raesdrawings.