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.