Meet Suriya

Suriya lives with her aunt in the mountains of Northern Thailand. She was born with the ability to control fire. Every so often, the local villagers find out about her powers. When this happens, Suriya and her aunt become the center of unwanted -- often harmful -- attention, and they have to find a new place to live. Even so, Suriya persists in practicing her craft.


I'm really happy with this one. It doesn't look as amazing as Zhang Ziyi, but it's something new. Nobody's ever seen this girl before, and now you have.

One of the problems I'd been having with drawing from my imagination is I'd just do it too fast. I mean, it took me hours to draw Tosh and Lutiya, but I'd spend like 10 minutes on Fitch. What's that about?

This is also the first time I've used reference pictures (for the pose and the dress). I don't know why I didn't use them before. Did I think they were cheating? Probably. I've got a lot of misconceptions about artists that need to die, I think.

That said, I'm still sketchy about using reference pictures for faces. Maybe that's what I should try next then...

5 comments:

sraasch said...

Awesome drawing! You artist folk astound me...

Adam Heine said...

Thanks, Sara! While you're here, let me congratulate you again on your big news.

You know writers are artist folk too :-)

Natalie Whipple said...

Nice job! I use reference photos when I have to pose people. Not cheating! You can't expect your brain to remember all the fold of fabric and how a hand looks at a certain foreshortened position. Not possible.

Bane of Anubis said...

Nice... next you have to have her casting fireballs at the paparazzi :)

Adam Heine said...

You're right, Natalie. It's like expecting a perfect novel to come out on the first draft (fortunately that misconception died some time ago... mostly).

Bane, LOL. Well, she does have an angry streak. I'll have to think about that.