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

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

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

Drawing Melrakki


Recently I bought some new pencils (Cretacolour) and I wanted to give them a test run without using my polychromos, which are my normal go-to tools. I needed to get a drawing of Melrakki done since she’s going to start being introduced in the comic soon, and I was excited to see how she would turn out since she’s not meant to look as aggressive as the other goblins.

I was a little worried when I bought the Cretacolour pencils that they wouldn’t blend as easily as my polychromos. I’m a little obsessed with blending, especially when it comes to the skin, but as it turned out a freshly sharpened paper stump works beautifully with these pencils. Especially if it’s been a little shredded on a sharpening block. They’re not as ‘creamy’ as the polychromos, you need to be a a little bit rougher with them, but you can still get that beautiful soft gradient without too much trouble.

SketchMy Brand New Pen

The Faber and Castell pitt artist pens were also some new tools I got my hands on in the last week, and they work really nicely with the, Cretacolour set. I noticed that when I used the F&C pens over the Cretacolour pencils it seemed to melt them slightly, and get a little darker, which was wonderful for adding a bit of depth to around the eyes, nose and mouth.

To colour her eyes I used a mixture of different tools. Under all the other colours I used the grey Faber and Castell pitt artist pens to get the underlying pattern and then layered some Staedtler yellows and green felt tip pens before I finished with a white gel pen for the reflection in her eyes.

Now I know, some of you are going to point out that her skin should be green since she’s a goblin, but I wanted to just use the Cretacolour pencils for this one so I made a small exception.

Cretacolour Pencils Almost Done

Melrakki is one of those characters I didn’t want to make look like she’s a fighter, physically she isn’t a fighter. She can use a knife if she has to – just like any goblin – but compared to warriors like Gríð, Systa or her husband, Ulf, she’s pretty useless. That’s where her brain comes in. She knows she’s baby faced and because of that people make assumptions about her. It’s not something she’s ever let hold her back, in fact she uses it, allowing people to think of her as this vulnerable, delicate thing, all the while being the brains behind Ulf’s military strategies. 

Just The Hair Left

£300 Christmas Art Giveaway


I think it was last year I did my previous giveaway, so it’s long overdue that I do a second one. During the last competition I has some absolutely incredible entries, it was so hard picking a winner, so I have no doubt that I’ll get some amazing submissions again this time

The rules:

  • Entry submissions will end two weeks from today (the 22nd of December). I’ll announce the winner three days after, I want to take my time to go over all the drawings and make sure I pick the best piece.
  • The picture has to be a colouring of this drawing. You can use whatever medium you want; oil paints, pastels, pencil, charcoal, even digital drawings. It just has to be of that drawing.
  • You must tag my Instagram (@Klairedelys) and use the hashtag #OutsiderSeries. Please don’t forget either of these steps or I can’t actually see your work!
  • I will post a re-gram of the winning photo on my Instagram so the winner knows they’ve won and give them the details to contact me with their name and address.
  • Just like all my giveaways I will always send the prizes to you by recorded delivery regardless of where you live. Provided it’s on Earth, and I can send mail there, you will get it :)


What I’m giving away:

Faber-Castell Polychromos • Derwent Canvas Pencil Wrap • Derwent Blender and Burnisher  Cotman Watercolor Sketcher • Mechanical Pencil • Scrip Brush • Derwent Pencil Extenders • White Gel Pen • Graphite Pencils • Tracing Paper • Makeup Sponge • Tortillions •  Pan Pastel 

And that’s everything! I hope you like the look of the prizes and I can’t wait to see the beautiful pieces you’ll create!

Christmas Suggestions (Art Edition)


Yes, I know, my face is doing something weird, but like a genius I forgot to take a thumbnail photo when I was recording this video so I ended up taking a screen shot. Fun fact, there is no such thing as a normal face when you take a screen shot. The fact I managed to get one where my eyes weren’t doing some strange half-open, half-closed thing is a miracle in itself.

This week I wanted to talk about some of my favourite art tools, books and supplies

If you’re not into art yourself and you’re looking to get presents for someone else the whole will-they-like-this-or-not debate can become a bit of a nightmare. Hopefully this video will make that process a little less stressful, and who knows, maybe you’ll spot something you’d like as a Christmas present to yourself ;)

Drawing Goblin and Human Clothes

Azure Oasis Cover Image

Now that is not a title I thought I would ever type out. One of the first things I had to send Nicoy for the second issue of the comic book were illustrations showing how the clothes looked. There were the humans in Einn, the Humans in the Azure Oasis and then the Goblins. All of which needed their own style of clothing to reflect their different cultures, social status and the climate they live in.


The Humans in Einn

Since Einn is a trading town I needed the clothes to reflect that. Einn is quite a cold town on the sides of the mountains, so I wanted the clothes to be practical and warm

One of the first ideas I had was to have a layer of clothing that works a little bit like an overall. If I ever end up expanding more on the culture of Einn I might have the design so that there are different apron/overall colours depending on the trade, but for the moment I have a hundred and one drawings that I need to get to before I start expanding on these ideas. 

Another thing I wanted to do was have it so that the humans wore two different pairs of shoes. A light pair for indoors and then a thicker boot which is worn with the first pair for outdoors a bit like Dutch clogs.

Azure Oasis

The Azure Oasis

Apart from being able to go into the backstory of all the characters so much more than I have in the books so far, I’m really excited that I can show more of the human worlds too. Places like the Gold Coast, the Azure Oasis and Bayswater have wildly different fashions, cultures and rulers.

For the Azure Oasis I wanted the colours to be vibrant, the complete opposite to Einn. I drew different sets of clothes, one for the wealthier travellers who would be in a caravan protected from the sun (and be able to afford blue dyed clothes), and the rest, who would be walking.  They needed plainer clothes and shoes which would protect them from the hot sand.

The Goblins

The Goblins

Now this part was fun! If you’re wondering why I drew them in their underwear that part was so that I could see clearly in my head how their clothes would layer up. Most of the goblins live on the plains. There are almost no trees so there is a constant cold wind and they need to stay warm. One of the most useful pieces of clothing they own is the veil (the same type Astrid wears) which can double up as bandages, a hood, even a crude tent if it’s completely unwrapped.

Apart from keeping warm the goblins also needed to be able to move fast. I didn’t want their clothes to impair their movements in any way, especially when they’re riding their bison. Since its quite normal for a bison or two to be toppled over by the heard when the goblins are hunting one of the most common ways for a goblin to get killed (apart from by the dwarves or a rival tribe) is being crushed under their bison. So when they ride they sit crouched on the backs of the animals so that they can jump off at a moments notice. Of course a fall like that, especially in the middle of a hunt means that they might end up with several broken bones, but their odds are a darn sight better than if they end up crushed under a bison. With an animal that size landing on top of you it’s game over.

Drawing the Goblin Sisters

Systa Close Up

Last week I finally got around to drawing Systa and Ótama, my favourite goblin sisters. It’s quite funny actually, while I knew that I wanted to introduce Ulf in the second book so that I could (hopefully) completely flip people’s opinions on who the bad guys really were, Systa and Ótama were not characters that I had planned for. They fought their way into the story and then refused to leave. Systa especially, who is too much of a badass for her own good. Speaking of Systa, I saw how she’s going to look in the comic book last week and she looks amazing! It might be a while till she appears in the comic, but when she does it’ll be good!


Ótama is the oldest of the two sisters by quite a few years. She’s also the only goblin who ever came close to killing Ulf in battle, so that gives you an idea of just how lethal she is. She is loyal to Ulf, but her sister comes first for her in everything, Systa on the other hand is completely devoted of Ulf and his vision for the goblins. I don’t want to give away too much of her backstory quite yet, but let’s just say she has a very good reason for hating the dwarves, other than the hæta of course.

What I used: Black Polychromos Pencil • Pentel Techniclick G Pencil • Pentel White Marker • White Gel Pen 

Systa was the first one I drew. As it turned out my Pentel G pencil really didn’t work so well on this brown paper, it reflected like crazy when I was trying to photograph it. So when I drew Ótama I used a polychomos black pencil which photographed much better. I think that the next time I draw on this paper I will use a mixture of a sienna brown with the black. For the highlights on both drawings I used two white pens; a normal white gel pen for the highlights on the eyes and outlining the face/hair, and then a broad nib white marker for larger highlights. For Ótama’s hair I tried something a little different and used my script pen instead of my mechanical pencil, I don’t know if I’m going to keep doing hair this way, but for a quick twenty minute drawing it worked quite well.


Drawing the Voices

The Sketches

I’ve had this image in my head for so long I’m just glad it’s finally on paper. In the book I could only describe the two voices Astrid has in her head as the ‘harsh’ voice and the ‘quiet’ voice. In the third book (which I’m still writing) I get to explore those two sides of Astrid’s personality more, but I really wanted to draw how she sees them in her head.

On the original sketch I had drawn Astrid’s wolf skin, and I was going to have it so that one hand had her wolf claws and other other didn’t. But in the end it thought it was trying to cram in too much information into the picture. Since it’s about the two sides of Astrid’s personality I wanted that to be the focus to the story, not her Vârcolac skin.


When I was about half way through the drawing I realised I’d drawn her damaged ear on the wrong side, so I had change that. If there’s one thing that drives me nuts about Astrid is having to remember which side her scars on. I keep drawing them on the wrong side and then only realising half way through that I have to flip everything onto the other side of her face.

Astrid's Face Pre ScarsHalf Way Through

I have a favourites video coming out next week on my second channel where I’ll be raving about my new mechanical pencil for at least a few minutes, but I have to rave about it a little bit here too. I only bought it a few weeks ago and I’m utterly in love with it. Apart from the art brush I used for blending, and the white gel pen, I only used the 0.3mm pencil for this whole drawing and it’s perfect for everything from outline sketches to very, very detailed shading.

What I used: Mechanical Pencil • White Gel Pel • Art Brushes for blending

Drawing the harsh voice was fun! While I was working on the face it occurred to me that the sketches around her back looked a little bit like the scars she has on her back, so I decided to accentuate that even more once I’d finished drawing her face, hair and tattoos.

The Dark Voice

The Kind Voice


Now that I’ve finished the drawing I’m really, really tempted to add some gold foil into the background. What I might do, once I’ve scanned this in, is paint the gold foil pattern I want onto a second paper and then digitally add it behind the picture so that I don’t risk messing up. After spending 11 hours on this drawing the last thing I want to do is wreck it.

Some New Art Supplies

New Art Supplies

This last month I’ve been re-stocking on some old art supplies, and trying out some new tools. Amazon knows me too well (or I shop there too much) because it keeps suggesting so many awesome new tools and I just can’t help myself.

Paint Brushes

Some of my long abused brushes broke last week, so of course I instantly went ahead and replaced them. Normally I stick to supper small brushes, size 0 or 000, but I also went and bought some larger brushes to try and get out of my comfort zone a bit. I bought the Pro Arte Artists Series 3 set and the Pro Arte Artists Pure Sable 6 set, I’ve been using both sets for watercolours, but the Pro Arte Round 10 brush is also really good for applying pan pastels.


Pentel 0.3mm  Mechanical Pencil

Since I’ve bought this pen my old Techniclick G pencil has been all but abandoned. I still use it sometimes, for rough sketches and doodles, but I’ve been reaching for this one more and more. I love the weight of it and the size of the nib, it’s perfect for everything from outlining to very detailed shading. In fact I did this whole drawing just with this pen (and a makeup brush to blend).

Pentel Broad Point Marker

My white gel pen is one of the most used tools in my art roll, I love it for highlights in the eyes and outlining portraits, but I’ve been looking for a similar tool with a larger nib. So I decided to give this one a shot. The nib ended up being a little larger than what I was looking for, and quite opaque, but it works really well for highlights in the hair and the background of portraits.