Category Archives: Fan Art

Con Doodles

Jet City Comic Show was fun. I saw lots of Captain Americas, which always makes me unreasonably happy. And I got to meet the local, effervescent, awesome Tiki Stitch who I’ve known online for years. Yay internet people!

Anyway, here are some sketch commissions and doodles from the con. Thanks to everyone who stopped by!

adventure

basstentacle

cap

doge

meglyman_angelcard

ocra

Painting on Matboard

meglyman_anna1

meglyman_elsa1

Anna and Elsa by Meg Lyman

3.5 x 4.5 inches each

Gouache on matboard

One of the joys of being a gouache painter is the toned background. There are plenty of ways to get this effect in various media, but it’s fun and handy to paint right on whatever background you find. Some of the toned/colored supports I’ve used with gouache include matboard, Canson Mi-Teintes Board, Pastelbord, Colourfix board, Canson pastel paper, colored ACEOs, notecards, and various other colored papers. Some are more archival than others, some are rougher, some smoother; some are flimsy and some sturdy. Matboard is probably my favorite, for several reasons:

  1. It’s cheap – often art stores will have scrap bins and you can get pieces for $0.50
  2. You can get archival material if you want it (Canson Mi-Teintes Board is a good one, already cut to size)
  3. It has a nice texture – not too smooth or rough
  4. The surface can usually take a bit of abuse
  5. It’s sturdy – it won’t buckle and you can wave it around all crazy-like
  6. It comes in lots of pretty colors

Little left-over scraps are great for quick studies or plein air paintings. I also use them sometimes as backing when framing up ACEOs. In conclusion: matboard is great for gouache people!

Whew

meglyman_pikachu

Pikasquid by Meg Lyman

2.5″ square on illustration board

SOLD

Finally done with conventions for a while! Time to finish up my existing commissions and some of my personal projects. In the meantime, I’ll post some of the things I’ve finished in the last 6 months, including a few con doodles (like this guy). I probably shouldn’t have opened that can of worms (Pokemon), but it’s too late now.