Το γλυκό φως του σκότους

[ you can read the following comic in English here: The sweet light of darkness ]

Καλησπέρα σε όλους!

Πριν λίγους μήνες ξεκίνησα να δουλεύω πάνω σε ένα μικρό κόμικ στα πλαίσια του Inktober challenge. Λόγω διαφόρων υποχρεώσεων όμως δεν κατάφερα να το τελειώσω εντός της προθεσμίας όπως αρχικά επιθυμούσα. Παρόλα αυτά συνέχισα την δουλειά και σήμερα έχω την χαρά να μοιράζομαι μαζί σας το τελικό αποτέλεσμα! Καλή ανάγνωση!

 

» Το γλυκό φως του σκότους»

 

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Ελπίζω να σας άρεσε! Σκοπεύω να φτιάξω και άλλα διάφορα κόμικ στο μέλλον, με μερικές ιδέες να είναι ήδη στα σκαριά, οπότε μείνετε συντονισμένοι!

Καλή εβδομάδα!

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The sweet light of darkness

[ you can read the following comic in greek, its original language, here: Το γλυκό φως του σκότους ]

Hello everyone!

Five months ago I started working on a short story comic project as a part of the Inktober challenge. Sadly homework and studying got in the way and I didn’t manage to finish it on time. Still, I kept working on it and I now proudly present to you the final result of my work.

I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed making it! Let the story begin!

 

» The sweet light of darkness»

 

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I hope you liked this bittersweet story. Please ignore the sloppy translation, I originally wrote the script in greek and I had had a hard time translating it so as to keep the atmosphere of the narration intact.

There may be a slight inconsistency in the art style as many months passed from the moment I first started the project until the day I finished it. Anyway I learned a lot through the process, including how much I love crosshatching!

If you liked this comic stay tuned, because more similar content will be posted eventually as I always have new ideas and unexplored plans!

Have a great week!

 

 

A sneak peek to my sketchbook #27

Hello everyone!

It’s time for more art from this week!

Let’s have a look:

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Quick sketch of some eastern royalty!

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Aftermath of a fight

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Aladdin and Jasmine!

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Trying out a markers – colour pencil combination.

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More of the arabian aesthetic. I drew this using pastels on a black sheet of paper. I was totally inspired by disney movies’ concept art where they used this technique.

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Petting the peacock.

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This is my favourite so far! It is the third piece of this artwork series, partly inspired by the amazing animation of the film ‘Azur et Asmar’!

That’s all for today! Stay tuned for many many more! I plan on finishing a short comic next week, so the next posts are going to be pretty interesting!

Did you like the pastel technique? Want to see more of it? Tell me in the comments!

Have a great weekend!

A sneak peek to my sketchbook #26

Hello everyone!

These days have been really productive for me as I practiced a lot with various styles and materials. It was my 2019 resolution to do so and so far I am enjoying it a lot as it is a nice way to get me out of my artistic comfort zone.

So let’s have a look at the art of those past two weeks!

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Starting with a sketch version I did for the character of JD from Heathers. I didn’t base it on any actors and just decided to use my imagination for this interpretation of him.

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I am a big fan of the Corto Maltese comic series by Hugo Pratt and couldn’t resist drawing some of Corto’s amazing fashion choices! That guy could be the cover of the Vogue magazine.

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Antigone and Ismene from the 1956’s theater performance of the play with actresses Anna Synodinou and Antigone Valakou.

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The teenager of Antikythera, study of the greek statue of the classical period, now displayed at the National Archaeological Museum of Athens.

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(to me it looks like as if he was staring at his phone)

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Lucky Luke, fastest man in West. Watercolour using ecoline inks.

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Time for digital! Penelope at the port of Ithaka. I gave her blue eyes with the thought that Odysseus would probably fall in love with a woman whose eyes reminded him of the sea…

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a 'miserable' portrait

I try to improve my digital colouring skills and so I decided to paint a portrait inspired by the renaissance art! I like it but there is sure a lot more that I have to learn!

That’s all for today! I hope you liked my drawings! You can always tell me in the comments your opinion or suggestions and advices, I would be really glad to read and reply to them!

Have a wonderful day!

A sneak peek to my sketchbook #25

Hello and happy new year!

This is the first post of 2019 and first of all I want to apologize for this long month of inactivity. Homework and some other projects had me very busy so I didn’t have time for drawings or art. But now I am here to stay!

Today I post some of the drawings I did last week.

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Starting with the simplest one, this is another example of my love for vintage clothing from the 20’s! So, annoyed flapper girl, why not?

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The first drawing I have ever done using only a ballpoint pen. Generally, I avoid using a pen or marker before having sketched the draft with a pencil, but I thought that it would make great practice for the consistency of my lines.

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«Hey, I really love your smokey eye»! Back to my passion for mythology! A brief interaction between Aphrodite and Ares.

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I wanted to get myself out of my drawing comfort zone so I thought «what’s a really tricky pose to sketch»? A lady putting on tights was the first thing that crossed my mind!

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Aphrodite of Seracuse, I study I did on a ancient roman statue. I set a goal to practice on anatomy in 2019 and what’s better than statues? They stay still for as long as you want!

That’s all for today!

As you probably understood this year most of my resolutions were about art and drawing. I set a goal to expand my artistic comfort zone and to experiment with more subjects and materials.

So, stay tuned because things will get really interesting from now! I will also post more frequently and make sure to update you with my «sneak peeks»!

Have a wonderful week!

A sneak peek to my sketchbook #24

Hello and happy holidays!

I have been inactive for a while but now it’s time to get down to bussiness! I created many drawings recently, most of them digital. So let’s have a look!

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Another boy with an attitude!

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I can’t hide my passion for the amazing fashion of La belle epoque, so stylish women from the past are almost always my favourite thing to draw!

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While on vacation I love reading fairytales! Andersen is my No 1 choice! That’s how I decided to illustrate the lovely ballerina from «The steadfast tin soldier»!

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This mysterious woman was created for a «draw this in your style» Instagram challenge! I had a lot of fun drawing her! (my Instagram account @annabotsou)

That’s all for today! Follow my blog if you don’t want to lose the amazing drawings that are to come!

Happy holidays!

 

A sneak peek to my sketchbook #23

Good evening!

The last few weeks I didn’t draw much due to an awful lack of inspiration that turned into an even more awful art block. Don’t worry though, because even in that situation I managed to finish two quite time – consuming digital drawings!

Those two creations helped me get out of my drawing comfort zone by trying a different colouring style and brushes. Fortunately I am very pleased with the result! So let’s have a look!

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I even drew a (somewhat) background! This is a much more complicated scene than the ones I usually work on, because of the dim lighting and the poses, but it finally turned out as intented!

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This is the original scanned sketch.

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Inking.

 

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Another more intimate scene. For this one I digitally coloured an older sketch using the exact same technique and brushes as the previous one. I tried to shade it following a different light source too.

 

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The original. Excuse me for the bad quality and brightness.

 

That’s all for today and I promise to be back next week with more art and many different techniques!

Would you like to see more such drawings? Do you prefer digital or traditional art and why? Don’t hesitate to comment your opinion!

Have a great week!

Inktober 2018

Hello everyone!

It was that time of the year! The time when, 31 days (or more) ago, I decided to join once again the Inktober challenge.

Inktober is a challenge for artists from all over the world. In order to be completed, each artist has to make an ink drawing per day for each day of October. Drawings are posted online using the #Inktober hashtag. I gladly joined it and I am so pleased that I didn’t miss any days!

I post here today most of my drawings that were made for the challenge. I didn’t use a special prompt list, so the theme of each creation was a surprise!

What did I use:

  • Micron inking pens (numbers 1 to 8)
  • Winsor & Newton black ink
  • An inking pen and brushes
  • Sketchbook

 

Let’s see the drawings!

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Starting with a medieval girl, presumably Maid Marian.

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A witch.

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The one and only Audrey Hepburn in the iconic outfit from ‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s’

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A mermaid

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A stargazing cat

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Little red black riding hood!

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Hermes

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A cowboy

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Beautiful and dangerous

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Cleopatra

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Catwoman

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Hoodie boy

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A lonely scarecrow

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Emo boy

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My very angry oc

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Girl in the metro station

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Girl who fell asleep in the metro. I remember trying to sleep and then realising that I hadn’t drawn for Inktober that day, so I got up and I sleepily drew this!

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Robin Hood and Maid Marian

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Gladstone Gander (he’s my favourite of all the duck characters)!

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Thetis and Achilles

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Thetis

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Coco Channel, one of my idols!

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Lucky Luke (another favourite)!

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Helen of Troy

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Helen of Troy (but younger)!

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Artemis

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Jack and Sally fron Tim Burton’s ‘The nightmare before Christmas’ (that’s an ultimate favourite)!

Those were most of my drawings for Inktober! Generally, this taught me how to stay focused and loyal to a plan and it was a nice creativity challenge. Trying to figure out what to draw when not using a prompt list is hard! I also had the chance to experiment with various pens, brushes and techniques. Plus, it gave me a wonderful chance each day to do something I love and let of steem. I would gladly do it again!

If you want to see more of my Inktober (or not drawings) follow me on Instagram (@annabotsou) and on Twitter (@BBotsou)!

Did you participate in the challenge? How did it go? Tell me in the comments!

Stay tuned and have a great week!