Something I managed to do between cooking and shopping… and talking selfies if you follow me on instagram
Zen partaking in her favorite passtime – reading about her favorite superhero – The Flash. In a TPB of course. Zen loves the Flash because they have the same power and people love him. See Zen live in a world where people hate super powered people. She may be a speedster but she runs knowing she’s one step away from being locked in a jail cell for the rest of her life. But it doesn’t keep her from using her powers. Her mother taught her not live in fear. To be who she is no matter what. And Zen takes pride in the fact that no one can catch her. She can make it around the world in a day…
I wanted to add something else to this but I noticed too late that the perspective is off Still love it cause look at that beautiful face.
Catch Zen in the pages of Illegal Tender
“There’s never a minute that eye find , That you don’t ever cross my mind”
Man I haven’t drawn Darkly by himself in a minute. It’s difficult finding poses for him. He’s not an action guy like Emil. Darkly is plenty sexy but in a different way. His vocabulary is bigger than his muscles. And he spends most of his time behind a computer keeping his fellow supers off the Agency radar. It a stressful job but luckily he has Sonya to… relax him. This pose was easy enough – I didn’t realize all the angles it had tho when I found the ref. And then all of his objects had to fit into it. Luckily CSP had content paradise and it save my life with it’s posable 3D objects. I haven’t done 3D in years so figuring out the controls was fun.
I love how this came out. I just wish you could see the message on his phone clearer. It’s from a contact that he’s labeled: ‘Amor de Mi Vida’ which translates to ‘Love of my Life’. And all the message says is “I miss you. Come to bed.” Needless to say Darkly calls it a night after getting this message 😀 I say this every time but I absolutely love that Darkly wears a necklace with Sonya’s name on it. They’re my favorite couple cause they do cute stuff like that. There is actually a major spoiler in this pic and it’s very much in plain sight.
The words on the wall behind him are the lyrics to ‘U’re gonna C Me’ by Prince (he wrote his lyrics in short hand all the time, he was so precious)
Darkly was made by me and you can buy his comic here!!
Sonya loves to fly. And she loves fall weather. I’ve stated before that she has a vast collection of cute socks and leggins and the fall is the perfect time to wear them. I’m very much like her in that respect – I actually have a purple pair of socks with little pom-poms on them but my animal print leggins are tiger striped, not leopard print 🙂 I liked her socks so much I left off her shoes! Just pretend she left them somewhere on that path below her. So if you see a random pair of boots in an Arboretum look up! There might be a psychic girl flying over head.
I’ve recently been told that my art is boring… Anons on tumblr are such helpful critics ain’t they? I assumed it was just some immature tool trolling me or some disgruntled novice. Either way, I accepted it as a challenge to be more dynamic with my work. Looking back I had fallen into a ‘portrait’ rut (everything was from the waist up, gradient background, 3/4 view, etc) and from now on I’m gonna flex to my abilities to the fullest extent. I looked up a ref for the background and doing simple things like added reflections on the water, diversity of the tree foliage, use of the blur etc – vastly improved the look.
See more of Sonya in her comic: Illegal Tender so here!
“In a light too bright to behold.”
I can’t remember if I promised Emil eye candy or if I just did this out the blue. Either way here’s Emil in his favorite lake
He learned to love nature due to his childhood. He’d rather spend the night under the stars rather than spend it on the floor of his father’s trailer. He and Dominic built a cabin together as part of his rehab and it sits on a huge lake. Emil still goes there to relax and skinny dip. For someone who does Emil is still super pale – I know. He’s one shade whiter than the clouds. I thought about giving him a tan in this but I was more concerned with the nude version… I might also do a night version – there’s something skinny dipping at night that’s just great 🙂
Into the Light is indeed a Prince song
I checked the facts and it’s been 10 years since I first created Sonya. The sweetheart telepath we all know and love! She’s come so far and changed so much. Back when she had long hair she was a romance writer with no powers dating a sullen, dark horror writer we all know as Darkly. Needless to say a story about writers was NOT exciting. Years later I would revamp the two love birds as part of the super powered crew of Illegal Tender. According to the time stamps Sonya first got her signature asymmetric bob haircut in 2010 (incidentally that’s when I had that haircut too). And she’s been getting progressively more ‘wind-swept’ ever since LOL
You can literally see her go from meek to chic 🙂 That’s how you tighten-up a drawing style, I was still very anime-esque during her creation. The second pic you can see where I started thick, western comic lines. Eventually I learned to color the lines and make them not so stark in her fair hair. My new shading technique evens out the tones. In a few years I’m probably evolve again and hopefully Sonya will still be around.
Get Illegal Tender issues 1-4 now and see this woman in action!!
“I wanna be all of the things you are to me”
Good Lord I’ve been trying to finish this for a month. I sketched this out a while back and it kept getting pushed back by the comic. I first sketched Zen by herself wearing those pants back in January I think. And I spotted the perfect heels for Del just earlier today so got it done finally.
I always love the fact the tiny little Del is this super strong badass. Lifting her 5’9 girlfriend with ease. They are so precious – I’ve been thinking about how they actually meet in the comics. I had an old scenario but that’s null and void seeing how they’re not secret agents anymore. I’m thinking it’s after Del opens the bar and Zen comes in looking for a job. Del at the time is not being completely honest with herself and proceeds to be super awkward around Zen while she tries to get a handle on how she feels. Cause let’s face it, Zen is a freakin Goddess – long wavy hair, plump lips, thick runners thighs. Zen obviously sees Del’s confusion and makes the first move… yup she kisses her boss cause Zen don’t give a crap about what might have happened if she read the signals wrong. LOL
If I was your girlfriend is a Prince song (TLC did a cover in the 90’s)
Del and Zen belong to me and you can buy their comic here
“It’s all about being free”
These two – I love drawing them. They’re just so night and day as far as style and personality goes. Their names are literally Sonny & Dark. And Darkly just loves his Sonya. He’s had girlfriends before but he didn’t really love them the way he loves Sonya. And Sonya loves her ‘gloomy bear’ – with his black Timberlands and scull shirts. If you love this couple then you don’t have to worry about anything happening to them cause they are my favorite and I’d never do anything to split them up 🙂
Uptown is a Prince song
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