Drawing Loba

Loba Finished

Unfortunantly this character wont be appearing in the comic book for a while. Loba is only introduced in the books in Defiance, and for the moment the comic book is still only in the early chapters of Outsider. But I wanted to draw her anyway, and I wasn’t about to wait till she appeared in the books. Besides, I’m probably going to change her hair before that and re-draw it so that her curls are much tighter and wilder.

Sketches First Colours Pencil Layers

I started off with the Cretacolour pencils and then over that used a selection of pan pastels. I’ve been using a combination of brushes for this part lately, some denser ‘c’ shaped makeup brushes to press the basic skin colours into the paper, and then a fluffier water colour brush to apply the highlights on the skin.

What I used:

Mechanical pencil • Cretacolor Oil Pencils Pan Pastels White Gel Pen Pitt Grey Pen

It was quite fun to play around with the eyebrows on this one too. Loba is one of those fierce and stubborn characters, and I don’t know about you but I always imagine those kind of characters with thick Audrey-esque eyebrows. Thin eyebrows never seem to suit them very much.

Pan Pastels Loba's Eyebrows

Loba Finished

I also played around with using pan pastels for the hair. I still need to practice around with with using pan pastels for hair a bit more, especially for tightly curled hair, but I love the effect it gives! I ended up getting the hang of it more in the Yrsa Gull portrait which I drew right after this one. I think at some point I might have to do a few hair studies with the pan pastels and experiment with drawing different hair types, especially if I want to re-drew Loba with tighter curls.

You can read the Outsider comic here


IMATS LA Haul 22

If you’re following me on Instagram you’ll know already that a few weeks ago I was at IMATS LA. Of course I did a tiny bit of shopping, some at Whole Foods – which has become my new obsession- and some at IMATS. This video is a long one, so I suggest you make yourself a tea before you sit down to watch it. There are a whole load of new additions to my kit, some items just for myself and nothing short of a dozen new pairs of false lashes.

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Quick Oat Scrub

Easy DIY facemak

There are some days where I really can’t be bothered with making a face mask, especially when my skin is irritated and having a bit of a bad spell. When I filmed this tutorial my skin was irritated, dry and in desperate need of some gentle exfoliation. This way is quick, exfoliates gently and leaves your skin lightly moisturised. Perfect for helping to get your skin back on track.

If you don’t have oats to hand, or prefer to use ingredients like desiccated coconut in your cooking/skincare they you can go ahead and use that instead. Both ingredients are moisturising and perfect for sensitive skin, so while the muslin gently removes the dead skin cells, the oats and coconut will help make sure that your irritated skin isn’t left dry and irritated.

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Trying a New Scent

Next Sparkle Perfume

Since I found out that the Next perfumes are cruelty-free I’m been systematically collecting them one by one. So far, this one is my favourite even though it’s not the kind of scent I usually go for. If you’ve been following my blog you know I like sweet and floral smells. This has elements of that, but its also got a slightly more mature, masculine edge to it that I love.

Basics: Cruelty Free • £12 • 100ml • It’s described as ‘A radiant floriental with sparkling citrus and floral notes, wrapped in precious wood’

It’s reasonably long lasting, 5-6 hours before you need to re-apply it. The size of the bottle does make things a little interesting if you want to cary it around for a top-up. Taking a massive silver bar out of your handbag is not the subtle move of all time, so if I’m going out I just use my Atomizer Bottle to make it a lot more practical. 

You can get this perfume here

Next Sparkle

Harry Potter Makeup: Slytherin

Slytherin Harry Potter Houses

In honour of Alan Rickman, even though I had planned to do this look last, I felt it would be appropriate to do this look next.

Slytherin traits: Resourcefulness, Cunning, Ambition, Self-preservation, Cleverness, Fraternity

Of course with Slytherin I had to go for the white-blond hair with dark edgy makeup. I had been tempted to go for an obvious snake-like eyeliner, but in the end I decided to be a little more subtle about it.

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Harry Potter Makeup: Ravenclaw

Harry Potter Houses Ravenclaw Makeup

And we have Ravenclaw! Incase you haven’t seen it already I did Hufflepuff last week and I’m currently debating whether I should do Gryffindor next or Slytherin. I think I might end up doing Slytherin last just because it’s the one I’m looking forward to doing the most, I’m the kind of person who likes to save the best for last.

Ravenclaw traits: Intelligence, wit, wisdom, creativity, originality, individuality, acceptance

Just a small heads up, I’m not sure if I’ll be able to upload the next Harry Potter look by next Friday. I’m currently in LA and will only be home by midday Friday, so plenty of time for you to leave your vote on which of the two remaining houses you want to see next. Oh, and before I forget, if you see me at IMATS LA do come up and say hi!

I hope you enjoy the video :D

Harry Potter Makeup: Hufflepuff

Hufflepuff Harry Potter Makeup

I thought I would start off the new year with a series that has been requested over and over again, as well as starting off which the house which tends to be forgotten or left till last.

Hufflepuff traits: Dedicated, hard working, fair, patient, kind, tolerant and loyal

Of course I had to use the house colour (yellow) but I also decided to include some white too since the house animal is a badger. Another option though is to leave the yellow and the glitter on the upper lid out all together, and just wear white and black on the upper lid, with just a little yellow blended under the lower lashes for a slightly more subtle look.

Which house do you want to see next?

DIY Helmet Tutorial


And finally, the last tutorial of the year! Well, that might not be true, I’ll probably upload a tutorial before New Years, but I fully intend to take Christmas off and give myself time to relax and film the Harry Potter series I have planned before I head off to LA for IMATS.

This week I’ll be showing you a supper easy (but not very quick) way to make a helmet

Of course there are lots of different ways you could use the techniques I use in this video. If you want the horns could be bigger, or maybe you want more elaborate patterns on the helmet which could easily be embossed on with a glue gun. Either way there are a hundred and one ways to take the tricks I show you an use them to make your own helmet, not just Vígdís’s helmet.

I hope you like the tutorial and merry Christmas! :D

Outsider Series: Vígdís

Vigdis Outsider

I’ve been talking about doing this series for so long I’m just happy I managed to get it filmed before the second issue of the comic book starts being released in two days. I thought I’d start with Vígdís since I have soft spot for villains, now I just need to get Emma over so I can finally do my most requested look (Astrid) filmed.

The Golden Helmet

I’m not sure when I’m going to start doing tutorials for the guys in the comic (Halvard, Jarl, Skad) but as you can probably guess I’m not going to miss out on the chance to make myself look like a guy. I think it’s pretty well established at this point that I absolutely love doing those!

Give The Command

Before you ask, yes, I have filmed a tutorial for the helmet, and it will go live on my second channel next week. Now I just need to figure out how on earth I’m going to make Astrid’s wolf skin, thankfully Systa and Òtama are two of the most requested characters after Astrid, and the goblin cuffs will be a heck of a lot easier to make.

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Drawing Yrsa Gull

Yrsa Gull

There’s something seriously fun but confusing about drawing the evil characters. I wanted to make her a little more weasel looking, gaunter and just a lot less attractive in general. But once I started to sketch her out she flatly refused to be anything else other than beautiful.

Basic Base Tools Used

I’ve also fallen a little in love with my new Cretacolor pencils. They’re just so perfect for drawing skin! First thing I did was draw the shadows and contours on the face before blending them with makeup and art brushes. 

For the hair though I wanted to try out something a little different. I’ve been using pan pastels for drawing skin a lot, but a few weeks ago it occurred to me I could try and use it for hair too. My first try on Loba sort of worked (I’ll have a post about her next week) but for Yrsa I changed my approach a little and used pan pastels for the base colours and then layered over with the Cretacolour pencils. It meant I didn’t have to spend anywhere near the same amount of time drawing every single little hair because the base colours were already there. 

The Hair Gold and Bronze Powder Paint

A few weeks ago I got my hands on these powdered paints and I hadn’t had the time to try them out so I used them on her earrings. I have quite a lot of concept art I still need to finish for comic book such as a drawing of the Leshy and Ragana’s escape from the Frǫoðleikr, so I’m hoping I’ll get a chance to test these out properly on one of those paintings.

Yrsa Gull Portrait

For her eyes I used a combination of tools, some blue polychromos, a pale blue from a new Japanese watercolour palette and of course a white gelt pen for the highlight in the eyes. And that’s the final drawing! The comic book version of the character will be going on our out Facebook page soon and I think you’re going to love it! Oh, and before I forget, the second issue of the comic book is going to start in less than five days! Be exited, because it’s going to be awesome! :D