Outsider Drawings: Skad


I should have uploaded this post months ago really, but I kept putting it off because mainly I really, really wasn’t happy with it. Skad is one of those characters I hate in Outsider (**). Funny thing is he was’t meant to be like that at first, but as I kept writing he developed into a really nasty malicious character, and I think that kind of blurred my image of him in my head.

Sketch Time


Big Mistake

Pan Pastel

This was one of my first test drawings with brown paper, polychromo pencils and pan pastels. My biggest mistake with this drawing was using strait up white as a highlight without using a beige or even a pink pan pastel instead.

A the time I wasn’t using makeup brushes to apply the pan pastels

I used makeup sponges to apply the pan pastel and it didn’t really allow for the the most delicate or accurate application. Once I found that I could use makeup brushes I stopped using sponge tip applicators completely unless I was trying to thickly cover a large surface.

Gold Leaf


As for the gold foil…I have no idea! I was experimenting with different backgrounds at the time and wanted to see what it would look like on a portrait drawing. Once I get around to drawing him again I’ll need to add a beard and a big one at that. He’s meant to have a thick braided beard which runs from his ears to his chin, but I think I’ll wait till I’m in a bad mood because I really, really hate this guy. I’d much rather draw Ragi or Jarl first.


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  1. says

    Very cool! I really love the details in his face. The wrinkles and veins. They look amazing!
    And I love the idea with the gold foil. <3

    Can't wait to see Ragi or Jarl!

  2. Louise A. says

    Please please please do Jarl at some point ! I absolutely love that character and I already have my own image of him in my head, I’m curious to see if your vision matches mine :D

    • Louise A. says

      Oh and the gold foil detail is amazing ! It really stands out and adds a bit of warmth to the coldness of Skad’s face, it’s beautiful !

  3. Ellie says

    Who is Skad again, what role does he play in the book? I read your book when it first came out and haven’t read it since so I can’t remember who he is.

  4. Doubt. says

    Your drawings are always brilliant, even when you’re not happy with them.

    Please please please do Jarl soon, I’m dying to see what how you envision him:)

  5. says

    This is really good! I know you’re not happy with it (I can relate, I’ve thrown drawings away when I’m personally not happy with them) but I thought the white brings out a harshness which reflects in his character.
    Looking forward to seeing more :)