The original was done my senior year in high school. It’s a favorite of mine because it was first when I tried to expand and explore my phobia of backgrounds, characters interacting with objects, and images with multiple characters, as well as mixed media. This one I had worked very hard with the supplies that I had to attempt it—I think this was with my colorific pencils and a watercolors. For a while I had hard time trying to do multiple characters because they’d all be different sizes and not their right sizes (now if that happens, I cheat and scan it, and resize everything until I’m happy.) I wouldn’t really work on backgrounds until a few years later, but my proportions got a whole lot better in the second version (when I finally started keeping sketchbooks)—I remember just throwing in a black background in so that I could come back and “work on the background later.” >.> I did this one on my sketchbook paper so it wasn’t as workable, but I was working on my current technique that I use now for colors and layering.
I did Ivy’s hair in different styles (hey, I figured if you’re half plant then your hair can grow back quickly and you can do radical stuff to it… Because it can grow back!) I’ve seen “snapshot” images all over blogs that I follow and sort of collected them. It’s good for creating more “natural” poses for fantastical characters, which I’ve been interested in lately.
I’ve gotten more and more into the Gotham Sirens. Harley has always been my favorite because of the depth that she has—she’s symbolic of how close psychs are related to their patients and the border between sanity and insanity. She’s also a good analysis on abusive relationships, a more physical appearance of how they can twist even the most “sane” of us. After seeing so many images all over the place between Ivy and Harley, it perked my interest and I really love the pairing—I can’t wait until the collected Graphic Novel comes out!! Ivy, at least in the 90’s Timverse, Ivy’s always been the healthier aspect of Harley, pushing independence and identity exploration for Harley on the moments when she did try to leave the Joker. The friend that you have fun with and makes you realize that you maybe okay on your own.
So I have a small series that I did. The colors were frustrating because they look vaguely christmasy. It’s kind of a challenge because Ivy’s colors are…. Well… Red and green, so it’s hard to avoid. I know that some comic artists have been trying to alter her slightly to a more black and green to solve that problem. I tried using lavender for the background and it seems to help as well as add more to the soft color palette that I was aiming for.
Ride Off Into the Moon
I drew a very early version when I was in middle school, something similar. My mother saw the picture and said that it was inappropriate. Embarressed, I tore it up, never to be seen again. Super excited for the reboot and loving pinup and flirty things (with some training in anatomy this time around), I redrew it currently. For the background I used sharpies, layering them for the buildings to each layer became darker, and experimented with skin palettes.