Pirates, Black Sails, Inktober

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This Inktober happened to coincide with the previews of the last season of Black Sails, and fans like myself who can’t believe we’re saying ‘the last season’ know it’ll be a great finish. Meanwhile, there really is no better excuse to draw some pirate-themed art, and with the Inktober challenge this month I thought it would also be a great chance to test out some grey-toned markers for the first time. I decided to use a combination of 3 cool-toned grey markers from ShinHanart, and I must say I’m already hooked on these beauties.

Here are 2 pieces that I have done so far for the challenge. Both were fun to do, but required some surprising amount of research for such a small project. I quickly realized my knowledge of the colonial era, or rather everything from clothing to utensils of the 1700s was limited. That was solved with some web-browsing and more excuses to re-watch seasons of Black Sails.  🙂

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As perhaps one the earliest anti-heroes, Silver’s a definite favourite of mine.

Leading up from the beginning, I found Season 3 to have really developed the character of Long John Silver to a likeness to that in Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island.  As with all of the cast, I was of course impressed with Luke Arnold’s performance. Therefore, as I recalled scenes with a certain parrot of Silver’s from the book, I knew I had to incorporate her into a piece related to the show & actor somehow…and I thought why not as a drinking buddy? 🙂 Well let’s hope she doesn’t take a sip…I’m keeping my fingers crossed that if this is going to be a finale, we will see a glimpse of the beginnings of Treasure Island. The appearance of the parrot ‘Flint’ would definitely give me a chuckle.

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Breakfast of Champions

I finished this piece up recently and I thought it might be nice to share some progress shots along the way. This one was another personal project that I had an idea for a long time ago, but never found the time to sit down to see it through. I was glad I finally got to put it to paper. With Halloween around the corner, it seems I finished on time to show this one. All inspired from my nephew’s love of pancakes, everyday.breakfast-of-champions_2016_shaima-islam

from prelim. drawings to colour stages

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Angel Wings

Some studies in the sketchbook from a little while back. I remember drawing a lot of angel wings in my teens, as anime-manga fanart demanded 🙂 …little did I know things start to look very different as your art progresses. I ended up looking at many bird wings and was still unsatisfied with these sketches, perhaps more practice in the future?

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