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