So here's a doodle that got unexpectedly serious... It started as a simple test to try out the brush pens I bought, which then transformed into a drawing of all of the members of the Straw Hat Crew from One Piece. I blame Zoro/Zolo wholeheartedly, it was an idle drawing of his face that started this mess. And the fact that I decided it would be a good idea to read the series again... after I hadn't since Volume... 10 or something. (One Piece is currently on Volume 68).
Here's the original. The rest of these are in roughly chronological order:
I really like Chopper, so I kind of held off on drawing him because I was worried I'd make him look possessed...
Luffy's face was a challenge to draw. There were times while I was drawing it that he looked um... frightening. I think bright, wide smiles confuse me.
... I ended up redrawing Zoro because the initial drawing looked pretty sad next to all of the following portraits.
The brush pen is lots of fun to use, and the best part is that it can create a dry brush effect if you use it right. Or am I using it wrong? Either way, I was hoping I'd be able to make that effect.
I used the Pentel Pocket Brush pen primarily, and a couple of brush pens that I do not know the brand of. The Pentel Pocket Brush is great for the more flowing lines and dry brush, the other two were less of a "brush" than a marker that had some flexibility. It allowed for greater control over the lines, but there weren't as many unexpected surprises and variation in line weight.