Lanis at Montrey

A fairly quick test of Manga Studio’s paint tools. It’s no sub for Photoshop but it’s not bad. Very fast, even while working with several layers and the blending has a graphic quality that I kind of like. The image was inspired by the ending of Big Girls Don’t Cry, a short story that I’m currently finishing up the editing on.

Lanis at Montrey

4 thoughts on “Lanis at Montrey

  1. This is absolutely beautiful. I wish I could create character sketches like these. Unfortunately my lack of artistic skills leaves me with the choice of begging a friend to draw something of simply chattering away to the imaginary version of said character.


    • Thank you very much! 🙂

      You said it though. Drawing, painting, whatever, is only a skill. Imagination is the key ingredient. If you can imagine it, then you can learn to create it visually. I love to write, but I find it a lot more difficult to describe things in words than in images. I constantly have to remind myself that a writer only gives the reader the critical details, then allows them to fill in the gaps from their own imagination. The artist in me doesn’t like to give up that control. 😛


      • I’ve always been better at creating an image with words than with pencil. I’m getting better though. At GCSE I was advised not to draw faces because I couldn’t. Granted I’m still not fantastic, but practise made me a heck of a lot better.
        I definitely get what you mean about giving up control though.


  2. What a bizarre bit of advice. If you can’t draw something, the answer is to study the heck out of it, understand how it works, then draw it a lot. To simply not do it is totally counterproductive, in my opinion. Of course, it all depends on what your goals are.

    Thanks a lot for taking an interest in my work. I hope I can keep it worth checking in on from time to time. I started to look over your Headquarters story. I like the apocalyptic genre and I’m kind of a war history buff, so it didn’t take me long to get sucked in. 😀 The method of delivery is interesting, although it’s difficult to get an idea of the bigger picture from what I’ve read so far. I look forward to following along and see where it goes.


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