Sunday, February 20, 2011



I think I doodled this a week ago for Illustration Friday... the theme was... "sweater," I guess. I can't be bothered to check this late.

That day also happened to be the first day I started watching the new Young Justice cartoon. And so this was born. Ahahaaaawhat.

Also please excuse Miss Martian's vacant eyes. They didn't start out that way - I don't know what happened. D: And that's technically not Barry's costume I referenced for Wally's sweater. It's (mostly) Wally's future costume. I like it better.

And Superboy's hair is stupid and doesn't like being drawn. (Yeah, that's it.)

Anyway, I'm going to get some sleep 'cause I'm beat. Really happy that I got to finish this piece though!

Thanks for looking!

Thursday, February 17, 2011

First piece for Thesis 2

Is that the absolute least creative title I could think of or something? Geez.

Well, now I've officially started my new thesis series, focusing on the story of my troll characters, Gerda and Lida (as seen in this post, and this one too.) I am approaching this semester with a little bit more focus than the last, I think, since I'm dropping the broad series of book covers for illustrating a single story from beginning to end (I'm also going to illustrate and design the cover! D": ). It's also significantly more personal this time around, this being a story of my own creation.

Anyway, on to the actual drawing!

This was meant to be the moments after Lida's birth, when she first popped out and started wailing like all newborn babies. That's all well and good for most babies, but most babies' screams don't turn their mothers into trees.

Lida's cries have the ability to call up offshoots of the great ash tree Yggdrasil. It's pretty harmless for the tree, but not necessarily any hapless bystander who got in the way, since the shoots grow pretty indiscriminately and will swallow and absorb anything that gets caught up in branches and such. That's what happened to girls' mother, leaving Gerda alone to take care of her sister.

Honestly, everything's still pretty rough, but I'm enjoying working on it :"D

Thanks for looking!

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Erin did a comic?

(my interpretation of) The Sea of Frozen Words

"...on the edge of the frozen sea of the north. In winter, all words and sounds in the area are frozen; as the milder weather approaches in spring, they begin to thaw and can be clearly heard. Travellers can pick up the frozen words, which resemble crystallized sweets of various colors."

And this seems to be from Francois Rabelais' Le quart livre de faicts et dicts du bon Pantagruel, Paris, 1552.

Haha, what? I drew my first comic since sophomore year, only my third comic ever - and boy does it show. What was I doing with that awful speech bubble in the third panel of page 2? Good question. And "BWOOOMP" is apparently what foghorns sound like in my head. I'm not really sure why.

I've learned my lesson about trying to finish 3 pages in less than a week, but man was that rewarding. :)

Loved it, will definitely go on for Round 4!

Thanks for looking!
Erin Rae

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Far From Home.

Looked a little to Theodor Kittelsen for this piece.

Thought I'd try my hand at Gerda and Lida again, this time with a little more focus on Lida, the younger (but much larger) sister.

The two are forced to leave their home and their family and all they know when something of Lida's is stolen, and they must go and take it back at all costs. This story is also what I am planning to base my thesis on.

Thought I'd try something new(ish) with media as well: the drawings are all ink, and everything was colored in photoshop. Just wanted to give it a whirl - nothing's quite perfect.

Thanks for looking ;")