Still Sketching Sophie

Last week I posted on Patreon about my renewed efforts at drawing Sophie, the protagonist in a steampunk sci-fi adventure series of graphic novels currently in the early stages of creation. I’m still a long way from having her look defined. In fact, right now I’m not even trying to sketch her yet. Just trying to learn the art of steampunk.

I’ve got some excellent visual aids…


…not to mention an absolutely stellar instructor who really gets what I’m trying to do. She’s the real difference maker in this equation.

She had me do these on Monday:

I know they’re kind of hard to see, but you get the idea. We have graduated beyond merely drawing actual kids around Sophie’s age wearing Halloween costumes. We are now drawing steampunk cartoons, people!

The images above are simple copies of existing cartoon designs, but that’s how you learn. And I am learning a lot.

For instance, I learned that you can draw just about any character you like, and when you add driving goggles on top of his/her head, BLAMO! You’ve got yourself a steampunk character! OK, it’s a little more complicated than that, but not much.

Many of the steampunk characters I found had robotic parts. There seemed to be a fascination with the cyborg aspect of technology. After talking with my instructor and my writing partner, it looks like we’re going in a direction that will give our little Sophie some interesting body parts…

That’s all I can say for now.

Follow me here or on social media for updates as Sophie’s character starts coming together.


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