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.
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Updating the girls looks for 2017 – I have it in my head that Sonya doesn’t get enough shine so you’re gonna see a lot of her this year cause she’s an awesome, complex character. If you could put her in a role she’s the heart of the team. She often wants everyone to do well and is pretty much everyone best friend. Although Darkly doesn’t really like her being so close to Emil – considering how Emil first met her I’m not surprised…
I’m in love with my new coloring style. When compared side by side with my old way of shading it looks… unbelievable. I’ve been shading my way for nearly 5 years but you learn something new everyday and sometimes it’s good stuff. Lines were done in ClipPaintStudio/Manga Studio – color and BG are photoshop
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Superfunkycalifragisexy is a Prince song 🙂
Oy man it has been forever since I’ve done a stand-alone with this much detail. Plus that water was hard to do (most of the time I do beach scenes the water doesn’t have to be contained). The last time I drew people in a tub was easily ten years ago. Maybe more. But I digress I’ve wanted to finish this pic since I sketched it a week ago at my temp job – something about being at work makes me wanna draw naked people. Sonya and Darkly are my favorite couple – not that I don’t love my other I.T. couples but there’s just something about Sonya and Dark that is so sweet. Sonya is the character that is most like me and Darkly… well everyone loves a confident man 🙂
You may be secure in your masculinity but you’re not Darkly-in-a-pink-flower-hair-tie-taking-a-bath secure. Not to mention that’s HIS bathroom their in. He already had the teak tub but Sonya decorated it and Darkly is totally fine with flowers and water color paintings. After all raspberry is his favorite color.
‘When 2 R in Love’ is yet another Prince song. It appears on both Lovesexy and The Black Album because… well Prince was complicated man.
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“Color you peach and black – color me taken a back. BABY!”
Sonya and Darkly cause I haven’t drawn them together in a long time. And I love illustrating how different they are from each other. Especially when it comes to their ‘club’ look. A lot of people don’t think of Darkly as a big dancer but he damn sure isn’t gonna let Sonya dance alone. Plus all he really has to do is stand there while she does her thing. This was originally going to be them in a park or something until I remembered the video to U Got the Look is actually a stage performance made to look like a club. I gave Darkly a summer hair cut cause it’s friggin hot here!
U Got the Look is yet another Prince Song
The Illegal Tender facebook page has over 200 likes! Sonya says: Thanks! Illegal Tender fans are the best kind 😉
Not that I didn’t like the old postcard but ever since I finished Lily and Zen’s covers I wanted to do one of just the ladies of Illegal Tender. After all the comic is mainly about them… the boys are just there for eye candy and comic relief. For those who don’t know my girls from left to right:
Zen Love – super speed
Lily Breland – energy manipulation
Del Landau – super strength
Sonya Dey – Telekinesis and Telepathy
Issue #1 will be available for digital download 2016!!