Wednesday, September 30, 2009

1 down many more 2 go

So I finally got one done but I stayed up to 6am getting it done O_0 so tired.... still have some other art works to complete and still need to make $360 in 8 days so I can have a successful trip to Baltimore comic con on oct. 10-11. I was planning on taking this piece to Baltimore comic con but since I'm still short on funds it is up for grabs so please send me a message if your interested. Thanks. Many more to come.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Still not done...

So I was hoping to have some color work done so I can show here but it seems that I can't work fast enough. Sometimes I think if I didn't have to eat, sleep, etc. I would get so much more done but we are only human so thats not possible. I did get 15 new sketches penciled out so they are ready for inks and color. Hopefully should have some colored stuff to show between tomorrow and the 1st. Want to have all 15 pieces done so I can get some prints made before I leave for baltmore comic con on Oct 10-11. Stay tuned.


Monday, September 28, 2009

More art for Baltimore comic con

This is a work in progress featuring a angel for baltiomore comic con. The final version will be in color and up for grabs so please send me a message if your interested.

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Finished colored pieces

I worked on these all day. These are up for grabs so please send me a email if your interested otherwise I'll be taking them with me to Baltimore comic con:

Saturday, September 26, 2009

New Art for Baltimore comic con

Getting new art work made for baltimore comic con. Tifa, Morrigan, and Mai rough drafts for baltimore comic con. The final color versions should be uploaded tomorrow and they will also be up for grabs so if your interested then please send me a email:

Friday, September 25, 2009

Another commission done

Just finished up another commission featuring a full color sketch card of batgirl and nightwing. If your interested in a commission then please send me a email:

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Bussiness Card Finished ^_^

Final finished my business card. Took me a entire day to complete. I was original going to do full color but I have not used photoshop in 8 months and forgot how to do everything, plus my skills are lacking, I'm on a time crunch and my characters are primarily greyscale anyways so I decided to color them in greyscale rather then full color. Hope you like. I'm planning on sending these off today to get printed. I hope they turn out ok. I will be taking these with me to Baltimore Comic Con ^_^

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Business Card w.i.p Pencils

Here are the pencils for my new business card. I'm going to start the digital colors today. I hope they turn out good. Wanted to have some brand new business cards for Baltimore Comic Con ^_^

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Business Card w.i.p

So I know I'm tired when I have a cup of coffee which usually keeps me up for hours on end and I still end up passing out. I meant to post something alot earlier. Trying to get so much done before Baltimore Comic con. It can become overwhelming... This is a work in progress for a long overdue new business card featuring my 3 original character from 3 original comics I'm working on. I want to get some clean pencils done and color it in photoshop and add text. Hoping to get that done in the next day or 2.

Monday, September 21, 2009

(>_<) ....................

Current State of mind.....annoyed.

Warning: This is a rant, beware....

So I thought I would have my business card done by now but it still isn't done and the convention is nearly 2 weeks away and I also need to get new art works done by then so I can take them with me to the convention.... The reason why I'm not done with these things is because I'm writing Psyche Papers for a college course. The funny thing is that I'm not in college. I graduated art school last year and a big factor of me going to this type of art school is that I did not need to take core classes like Psyche (I have a short attention span, seriously).

I'm practically taking my mother's Psyche college course, according to her I write papers very well and fast. I feel like I'm in school with her, seriously. She is paying me on the side but you can't buy your time back you know. I'm trying to be nice because she is about 6 months away from getting her bachelor's degree which she needs to start up her own nutrition business. She works 2 jobs and goes to school full time so I know she is struggling so I did not mind helping her out but I am starting to get annoyed at this point. I know absolutely nothing about Psyche. I'm basically reading these long a$$ articles that make absolutely no sense about all these psychologist and writing about them within an hour of reading these ridiculously long and wordy articles. Its so frustrating especially when I have things that I want to get done such as several art jobs and getting ready for Baltimore comic con.

So I'm sitting here listening to some super heavy metal music by Darkest Hour which I don't usually listen to unless I'm really pissed off. I'm about to read, study, and write a 4 page long b.s. paper about Darwin and "Natural Selection" (>_<) (>_<) (>_<) Sigh....hopefully this will be over soon....

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Not done yet

So I was not able to get a whole lot of stuff done today. I'm still working on my business card, I should be back on track by tomorrow. For now is a Smurfette quick sketch ^_^

Saturday, September 19, 2009


This is my 1st time drawing a zombie. This was a recently finished up commission. If you would like a commission then please feel free to email me: Proceeds will help me make my trip to Baltimore comic con in 2.5 weeks.

Next up I'll be working on a new business card ^_^


Friday, September 18, 2009

Late post ^ ^

Sorry about the late post, I had a bunch of artwork that need to be shipped out today. Anyways I finished up the Wolverine and Phoenix Psc and I'm working on knocking out the other 2 I have. Still trying to get funds and artwork together for baltimore comic con. If you would like a commission then please feel free to email me here:

Thanks ^_^

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Marla Bea Breast Cancer Charity Auction

Although I'm pretty busy with trying to get art work and funds together for Baltimore Comic Con next month (oct. 10-11). I decided to draw a brand new illustration featuring Zatanna for the Marla Bea Breast Cancer Charity auction that will be held on Oct. 12 on ebay. Please review the following link for more info:

I really like how this drawing came out and is kind or reminiscent of my own original character. I hope zatanna will find a happy home and raise a good amount of money for breast cancer treatment. :)

Please excuse the poor scan. The drawing was to big to fit in my scanner and the border was cropped drastically :(

Wednesday, September 16, 2009


So I'm knocking out commissions as I receive them because Baltimore Comic Con is around the corner. These are just wips (work in progress) and the final versions will be inked and colored. Up next I want to get a piece of art done for the Marla Bea Cancer Charity and then a brand new business card. Still alot to do before the con but I'm excited at the same time ^_^

If you would like a commission then you can email me here: SHERRYLEAK@GMAIL.COM

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Switching Gears...

So I've been switching gears here and there meaning drawing different stuff. This is a recently finished commission featuring the marx brothers. I had alot of fun with this even though its not something I normally draw (semi-realilistic style art) but I feel that its important that we as artist try to different things here and there to break up the manotony and in turn we could get new ideas. Expect to see more different art from me soon.

Monday, September 14, 2009

I recommend...

So while on the topic of improving shortcomings I wanted to recommend a couple of figure pose books. To be honest when I first saw these books I thought they were ridiculous with all the poses and stuff but the more I looked at them and used it the more they came in handy. In fact I use them almost everyday when I'm drawing. They are great reference and include male and females poses, gun poses, sword poses, running, jumping, etc. I highly recommend all 3 of the, if it wasn't for these great reference books then I probably would not have been able to draw quicksilver running properly:

People and Poses:

Women and Girls:

Men and boys:

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Drawing Boys + a Koala

So as I mentioned in the previous entry that I have problems with drawing guys. lol, more often then most they tend to look like girls but its something that I'm working on and is a work in progress. I've come to find out that since I will be drawing more male characters I'm going to have to use a ton of reference to get anatomy and stuff right.

Luckily I was able to pick up a commission for a 3 card spread featuring the Marx Brothers. I didn't know them by name but once I saw the reference of them I knew who they were. I'm really happy about this project. Its something new and different and I get practice in drawing male figures. The final version will be in ink and grey scale markers. Stay Tuned ^_^

Saturday, September 12, 2009


My shortcomings, artistically speaking are perspective and backgrounds, male figures, hands, and sequentail art. These are some things I know I need to work on. Do you have shortcomings with your art? As I said before I'm planning on entering a international manga contest. I'm planning on starting the pages in Mid-October. That will give me 2.5 months to finish about 12 grey tone pages. I hope I can pull it off, I'm getting nervous (@_@)

Friday, September 11, 2009

Getting things done

I never drew venom before and I didn't even know there was a She-Venom until recently. Currently waiting to here back about the deviant art ad. I'll post here the results. Also currently finishing up some projects. I figure that I should get things done now rather then procrastinate but I feel this applies to anything and not just art work. Good day.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Deviant Art Ads

So I was chatting with a fellow artist on deviant art and they told me that deviant art has a ad service and its well worth the money spent. The least expensive one is $20.00 for 500 guaranteed hits to you page. I think I will try it and figured I would share the info. The extra traffic couldn't help. Apparently all you do is click the little arrow next to your user name on deviant art and click "our services."

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Baltimore Comic Con

So as I mentioned a couple of weeks ago I will be at Baltimore Comic Con in artist alley with my friend Arie Monroe. Its our first time there, I'm really excited about it. If your going to the con please stop by and say Hi (^_^) If your interested in a commission prior to the con to pick up at the con then we can arrange that. You can send me a email here:

Still trying to get funds together to make it to the convention as well as make new art, its so overwhelming. 6_6

Here is what I'm trying to accomplish within the next 4 weeks before the convention:

1) Take private commissions to raise the remaining funds needed for the con. Still need about $500 (-_-)

2) Create New artworks for the con.

3) Create a New business card.

4) Create and submit new art work for the Marla Brea Breast Cancer Charity--- ^_^ Glad I can help.

5) Get started on the latest official card set I'm working on: Dean Yeagle's Mandy

----Sounds like a lot right? (-_-) I wish I had super speed or there was more hours in the day. Well lets see how much of these I can get accomplished....


Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Art Fire + Star Wars PSC

Hello. I wanted to take a minute to let all you artist that there is this really cool site that I just found out about a couple of days ago called Art fire, you can visit the site here and check it out for yourself:

Basically this site lets you buy and sell handmade goods such as craft items and artworks. There is many artist there along with very useful tools for promoting your store there. Its free and buyers do NOT need to make a account to purchase items.

My store can be seen here:

*This link for art fire has already been posted in my faq.

As you can see above there is a Morrigan (darkstalkers) Quick sketch. I really like how this came out. You can view the deviation on deviantart:

I'm currently working on a sketch card commission featuring luke skywalker and yoda. You can view the deviantart deviation here:

Monday, September 7, 2009

How do I improve my art work & get people to see my art?

How do I improve my art work & get people to see my art?

This is another question I get asked often. I will post a link to this in the faq as well so you can refer too.

Basically as far as getting better with your drawing skills your going to want to be drawing everyday. It does sound easier said then done but it requires alot of discipline. If you have somewhere online to upload your art you should be uploading something at least once a day if not more. This will drive traffic to your art. Try to draw a variety of things. This is something I have to work on personally. Drawing from life is best but magazines could work too. Check out other peoples art and get tips and ideas from them, don't swipe images of course. Try drawing everyday for 30 days at least. You'll see a huge improvement. There is several places online to get people to see your work. I posted a couple links in the FAQ, you can also do a internet search to find more. Also try going to art shows, galleries, and conventions. I hope this was helpful (^-^)


Sunday, September 6, 2009

People will talk S**T about you + Recently finished commissions

Sorry about the bluntness of the title but its something that I had to get off my chest. Basically it doesn't matter if your the best artist in the world or if you still have things you need to work on. People will still find ways to try to bring you down. Trust me I know from personal experience.

What I don't understand is why these people say negative things about your art work when their not even artist and they don't know what they are talking about and more then likely they don't know how to give a proper critique of your work other then saying something like "oh well their art sucks" or their "art is awful." Like seriously grow up and get a life.

Basically when it comes down to it don't let these a$$holes get to you. I even have to tell myself this. So for all you artist out there keep doing what your doing and strive for the top, I'll do the same (^-^)

Ok so now onto recently finished commissions....

Above is a batman/catwoman commission that I finished up. To be honest I've only drawn these 2 characters once before. I like how this came out. Next up is a sketch card commission of Magik from New mutants. I never drew her before either but I like her character design. I just picked up some other commissions that I will be posting here too. They include: The Marx Brothers 3 card spread in inks and gray scale markers, 8 quick sketch commissions of various characters, and a yoda sketch card. Thanks for stopping by. If you would like to request a commission then please feel free to email me here:

Saturday, September 5, 2009


***New Question & Answer added 09/08/09

So I've been getting alot of random questions ranging from: "How was your experience at the Joe Kubert School of Art" to "How do you sell you art work online" etc. etc. etc.

It was suggested to me that I should just make a faq (Frequently Asked Questions) so everyone can refer to before asking me questions. I don't mind helping out others but I felt it would be easier to post most frequently asked questions and answers here.

This will be chalk full of very useful information for artist and will contain links. I'll update periodically when I think of anything new. I'm going to post this blog post under my "about me" section on the left side of this blog for easy access. So on to the FAQ:

*How was your experience at the Joe Kubert School?:

The Joe Kubert School was pretty good in my opinion. I learned sequential art pretty well but as far as other aspects of the school goes they were pretty behind in the times. There is 10 classes that you have to take and you must complete all the assignments. So the workload is pretty demanding as in the real art world. Tution is pretty expensive too. These are all just my opinions. Feel free to get other past kubert students feedback. Overall I did learn alot from kubert school because I came there without knowing anything at all about drawing comics.

*How do you get people to see your work?:

Put yourself out there. Go to art shows, galleries, conventions, network with all types of artist online and in your community. Upload artwork everyday weather its to your blog, website, or deviantart.

*How do you get Commissions and sell you art work?:

Very similar to the previous question. You have to put yourself out there and upload art everyday so you make a presence online and in your community. Here are some links you may find useful for networking with other artist, receiving critiques, and possibly getting work online-

*Where do you buy your blank sketch cards from?:

*How do you get into the sketch card bussiness? (this is a blog link from a previous post with very extensive information and links):

*How do you color your art and what materials do you use? (this ia a blog link from a previous post with very extensive step by step tutorial)

*How do you deal with constructive criticism that isn't so constructive?: (this is a blog link from a previous post with very extensive information)

*Do you ever get discouraged from drawing? Do you ever feel like you picked the wrong career choice?

Yes, actually quite frequently latley to be honest. This is why I feel its important to surround ourselves with other artist and postive people in general so we can encourage each other.

*Where do you get inspiration to draw?

I look at various types of art work to get ideas and tips on approving my own art. Talking to other artist and jotting down notes. Simply looking through magazines, newspapers, or observing your enviorment can give you different ideas for new art work. Traveling is good to, step out of the box and observe the enviorment of different states or countries. Your sure to get tons of ideas. Be sure to jot them down on paper or sketch them out in a sketch book.

*How do I improve my art work & get people to see my art? (this is a blog link from a previous post with very extensive information)

***Ok I think thats all I got for now. I will be updating periodically if I think of anything else. Thanks for stopping by.

p.s. The above image is the full color version of the Micahel Monroe sketch card I've been working on. Please refer to previous posts for my sketch card process.

Friday, September 4, 2009

1 down 4 to go

Here is the color version of the Shadowcat sketch card commission. I'm still working on the other 4 and will post them as they are completed. I also found a good website that could be useful for artist, its called Here is the link:

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Commissions in Progress- Inks

So here are some of the commissions I'm working on. These are the inks. I usually fill in my large black areas in the coloring stage. The final art works will be in color. If you would like a commission similar to these then please feel free to email me here:

From Left to Right:

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

The Takeover

Hi! Sorry about the late post; I wanted to get this drawing done in order to post it for today.

So I'm sure you probably already heard about Disney and Marvel Merging companies. This drawing was the 1st thing to come to mind for me (-_-). I would be lying if I said I was thrilled about this merge. Looks like big big big changes will be coming to marvel very very very soon. What are your thoughts on the Merge of the 2 companies?

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Commissions in Progress

As promised here are the commissions that I'm currently working on. Please click on the image to get a better view of it. These are sketch cards (bristol paper). I sketched out the initial drawing with a bic 0.7 mm mechanical pen. Next up will be inks and color. Hoping to finish these today. If you would like a commission then please feel free to email me here:

From left to right: Shadowcat, Batman and Cat woman, Michael Munroe, and Magik.

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