SERIES: Things I Don’t Do Anymore #2 and Digital Art Process

in illustration •  7 months ago 

This is the second installment in my self-portrait series: reading.


I was an avid reader my entire life until I started college, at which point my brain did a complete reboot and forgot to take reading with it. I still love the idea of reading, but can't actually finish a book.

I now have an entire bookshelf of hypothetically interesting books that I have never read. I have hope that one day I'll look at the collection and want to read again.


I use Procreate on the iPad pro with the Apple Pencil. This is the bougiest part of my entire life and I cannot stress enough how much I love it. If you are a digital artist, I cannot recommend this setup enough.

After setting my project dimensions to match that of the first drawing, I began sketching for potential compositions. I have aphantasia (which essentially means my mind's eye is super-glued shut), so this is an important step for me. Having a reference is always a good idea anyway (so I hear).



Next, I choose colors and began lineart. I like to use the Thin Ink brush from JingSketch (free on his website!).

Then it's fill, shadow, highlight, and detail. I added in the table ojects last (and repeated the process of fill, shadow, highlight, and detail).

Watch the timelapse below:

Side by side of Things I Don't Do Anymore #1 and #2:


I'm happy with the look of them as a set... but blue is my favorite color so I'm partial to #1 still. I would love suggestions on a third pair of colors for the next self-portrait!

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Perspective is key for sure.

Color suggestion, peach and purple!

I love these so much! Your intro post was an absolute barnstormer and Im super enjoying seeing more of your process...I could swear I saw a cat in there at one point...haha

Good eye! Haha! There was BRIEFLY a cat sitting on my head. On the book, on my head. But I didn’t want him to steal all of the attention 😊

too right. Cats get quite enough attention as it is!

Hey Ashley! I really know what it feels like... I also used to be a bookworm, I could spend hours in a library and I was able to read the same book up to 3 times just because hahaha But now I can't even read a paragraph without getting distracted. I'm looking forward to see more content from you!

Someday we might get over that hill again! I’m hoping most interests come back after a time.

Looking forward to yours, as well! 😁