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Six Fanart Challenge

Creative Challenges, digital illustration, fan art, illustrations

I know I am a bit late to jump on this fan art train, but I thought I’d share anyways 😜

Typically this challenge calls for the artist to post the six fanart character challenge template (created by @mcapriglioneart) on social media, encourage their community to suggest six fan favourites, and recreate the characters in their style. I, however, was a bit selfish for my first time around and chose six of my favourites.

That said, since this was so much fun and a great way to learn how to use procreate, I plan doing on another round with other’s suggestions. If you have any fun fan art suggestions, please leave a comment on one of my instagram posts! ✏️ 🎨

This challenge was a lot of fun and suggest giving it a go if you haven’t had the opportunity to participate! This was a great exercise to get me drawing again, I cannot express how nice it has been to get back into it!✍️ 🖤

Fan art no. 1: Tiabeanie & Luci of Matt Groening’s Disenchantment

This is a super fun project to get you #drawing ✍️ especially when you need to get out of a rut, need some ideas or to even just practice!

Had a lot of fun with this and suggest giving it a go if you haven’t had the opportunity to play with this 🎨 ✏️

Fan art no. 2: Geralt of Rivia

I watched the Witcher on @netflixca and fell in love with the world that existed! A dark fantasy show that had introduced me to sooo much more with games and books!

It has been a hot minute since reading or even playing anything from the fantasy genre (besides Zelda on my DS and occasionally the switch…I need to make more r&r gaming time 🤪). I used to play a lot of WOW, guild wars, Oblivion, etc. on my gaming PC – which needs a major overhaul, but perhaps more on that later 😉 – and did not realize how much I missed it/the world of fantasy, and how inspiring it is until diving back in!

For the books, so far I have read ‘The Last Wish’ and am almost done ‘Sword of Destiny’ (both short story novels by Andrzej Sapkowski) and highly recommend them as they are amazing reads! Gaming wise, I started playing The Witcher 3 on the PS4, asides from having some coordination issues using the controller (why joy sticks be sooo hard for my brain!!…miss my keyboard!!) lol it is has been a lot of fun!

Fan art no. 3: Link from Legend of Zelda – Oracle of Seasons

Legend of Zelda is life lol a series of games I have played as a child, and continue to play as an adult who ain’t ashamed to admit it 😜 I used to play this on my gameboy Colour and all the game boy irritations up to the 3DS XL Zelda edition. Love it! It is sooo cool that they have continued Link’s adventure throughout the ages and technologies, I have dabbled a bit with Breath of the Wild, but have not had the opportunity to play the game in it’s entirety yet…soon my pet, soon 😈

Fan art no. 4: Louise Belcher & Kuchi Kopi of Bob’s Burgers

I joke she is my spirit animal lol her character is just too hilarious, the humour dry just how I like it 🤣 getting up to all the shenanigans, truly a pure opportunist with such zest for life!

Fan art no. 5: Sabrina Spellman from The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina on @netflixca

I was sooooo sad to hear that this show will not be going on for much longer, it is one of my favourites by far! So dark, interesting and, well, adventurous!

Haven’t found too many shows that push the level of darkness like this one (asides from black mirror and AHS) so if you know of any others like this, please share!

Fan art no. 6: Captain of starship USS Enterprise Jean-Luc Picard of Star Trek Next Generation

I recently found out Star Trek Next Generation is on @netflixca and I am super stoked to watch it again 😆

This was a favourite of mine, would watch it with my dad growing up. When dad worked out of town and would call home, this was one of the shows we would chat about and I would keep him up-to-date (before the internet exploded with all the easy access to information that is) 😉

I heard there is a new show called Star Trek: Picard which Is super exciting and probably old news by now to peeps (I live under a rock, don’t judge my hermit lifestyle :P) buuut I will have to check out!

Completed six fanart template

Thanks for reading and don’t forget to leave a comment and let me know what you think!


Blog Post, fan art, illustrations

Out of the blue I was stricken with inspiration to do some Alien fan art; I love HR. Geiger’s work, in fact I have some as wallpapers on my Mac book pro & pc at work lol

I though about doing this as an airbrush piece at first, but then decided to do an ink wash instead; once i decided this I was debating on doing highlights with the airbrush…but it’s been so long since I’ve done traditional ink (with India ink, water and paintbrush brush) in general so I decided to just stick with the 1 medium.

Ink washing is one of my favourite techniques, the last time I did any was back in October for inktober 2016 which were all relatively quick illustrations, so it was nice to actually be able to spend a bit more time on this than the inktober pieces (October is a bit of a busy whirlwind month for me lol).

I can see some things that I think I could do better but that comes with time and experience lol want to refine  and improve my skills and the only way to keep improving is practice, practice, practice 🙂

The substrate used for this illustration was Canson Bristol 96lb (260g), 11″x14″ (27.9cm x 35.5cm). I have been using this for most of my illustrations lately, it is double sided (1 is smooth and the other is textured – prefer the textured side myself but its nice to have the option) and is made from 30% recycled paper #awesome

In retrospect, to really achieve the look I was initially looking for I should of used Illustration board, but I am pretty happy with how this turned out…even though I am very out of practice lol That said this substrate surprisingly holds up really well to ink wash and water colour techniques (posts to come!) with little to no warping of the paper; mind you taping this down to a board does help to prevent this as there is a fair amount of water and ink used on this piece lol but even if there is a bit of warping you can place a heavy book on top and it smooths right out!


I’m not going to lie, since it had been so long I procrastinated on finishing this piece for a little while lol I was afraid to mess up my pencil sketch and inked outline so the first layer of the ink wash was terrifying lol but sometimes you just gotta take the risk, swallow your fear and give it your all!

To see more of my work be sure to follow me on Instagram & twitter @noelle_fontaine where posting happens more regularly 😛

Thank you for reading and please do not hesitate to share your thoughts and critiques on this piece 🙂

Halo Master Chief

Blog Post, fan art, illustrations

My big little brother is a Halo master! Master Chief CJ, Halo MASTER!!!

He lives, breaths, eats halo & it shows! The things he unlocks in the game & how good he is at playing it amazes me, not to mention his online gamer friends! I wish he would post his gaming skills because they are insane.

REWIND: He is my “Big Little Brother” because he is the baby of the family but is about 6 feet tall. He just turned 20 January 23rd, its hard to believe he is already 20!

So it is clear the inspiration for this illustration (which was his bday present 😛 ) is my big little brother, Justyn.

The Materials:
• Bainbridge Illustration Board
• X-Acto Knife
• Watercolour Paint
• Masking/Transfer Tape
• Faber Castell Watercolour Pencils
• Prismacolor Premier Pencil Crayons
• Steadler Pigment Liner 0.1
• Sharpie Extra Fine Point
• Jelly Roll 08 White Jelly Pen
• Reference Pic
• Pencil & Eraser
• Wooden Board
The Process:

1. On the Illustration board I sketched out the rough image, using reference image, then added the details

2. Outline final sketch & details with Steadler Pigment Liner 0.1

3. Mask off entire sketch with the transfer tape

4. With the x-acto knife lightly trim round the boarder & character. (Be sure to use a sharp blade & do not push down too hard, you do not want to cut the illustration board)

5. Peel the pieces of the tape off the background (only in areas you want to be painted)

6. Painted the background with water colour paints, starting with a light purple, gradually fading into darker a darker shade of purple to blue to black.

7. After 2 layers of this I used a dry brush, dipped it in white paint & spattered it over the entire image to create stars.

8. Once this dries, peel the tape covering the image & start blocking in colour with the watercolour pencils & blend with water, when it dried I did a second layer to add more dimensions with shadows, keeping the highlighted areas light from the start (it is easier to keep the white areas light than trying to add them back in)

9. Once this dried I used prismacolour pencil crayons (they go on creamy & blend awesome) over top to finish adding colour & dimension to the image

10. I did the pencil crayon one section at a time, using the extra fine tip sharpie to go over my existing ink lines to make them pop more, while adding some line work for shading (the pencil crayons pushed the strength of the felt back)

11. Once this was complete I used my Jelly Roll pen to add some texture to the highlighted ares & some stars to the background.

12. Peel off the rest of the transfer tape & framed the image (I made the illustration 8.5”x11” so I trimmed the matting of an 8”x10” frame to showcase the entire illustration)

Let me know what you think of this illustration, & of any critiques you may have. Don’t forget to follow me on my social to see what I am working on in real time!

Thank you for reading 🙂