Melody, the Music Muse

Summer Art Challenge Day 24 — making art every day!

I’ve embarked on a multi-day project, which I’ll post when it’s done. It started last night when I decided to listen to the Music Muse instead of the Art Muse, and ended up without the time to finish a project before bedtime. This inspired a little story involving my two muses and their relationship, and since I hadn’t drawn Melody before (though I’ve written about her), I realized I couldn’t just launch into drawing the story without a bit of character design. So I did a quick sketch of her, just to kind of get an idea of her hairstyle, the shape of her face, and her costume. This is kind of rough, but enough for me to go on for the story. I’ll do her a nicer, and more thorough, character sketch later on. In this one she’s echoing an earlier sketch I did of Iris!

 Melody the Music Muse — Pentel Stylo permanent pen, various markers, Photoshop cleanup.  The reason for the cleanup, besides making a more interesting background colour than white, was primarily because I had started inking with my cartridge brush pen, which I hadn't used since my last plane trip. If you use these tools, do not put them in your luggage in the hold! When i opened mine up and started inking, it started blotting all over the place. I suspect the cartridge exploded in the lower air pressure, but I'll have to take it apart to see.

Melody the Music Muse — Pentel Stylo permanent pen, various markers, Photoshop cleanup. The reason for the cleanup, besides making a more interesting background colour than white, was primarily because I had started inking with my cartridge brush pen (similar to a cartridge pen, but with a real brush for a tip), which I hadn’t used since my last plane trip. If you use these cartridge brush pens, do not put them in your luggage in the hold! When i opened mine up and started inking, it started blotting all over the place. I suspect the cartridge exploded in the lower air pressure, but I’ll have to take it apart to see. Or perhaps Iris was being jealous over having to draw her sister…

5 responses to “Melody, the Music Muse

    • Hi Jessica! Thanks so much for stopping by — I’m glad you like it! I just had a quick browse through your blog and really liked what I read, so I’ve subscribed (didn’t see a “follow” button).

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