Klaire de Lys

The weird, the wonderful and the wacky :)
Had a spare canvas lying around. Did a rough painting of an eye and added used up false lashes to it. I think I’m going to keep adding all my old false lashes to it. Looks better than chucking them

Had a spare canvas lying around. Did a rough painting of an eye and added used up false lashes to it. I think I’m going to keep adding all my old false lashes to it. Looks better than chucking them

Sneak peak #EvilSmirk #Owl

Sneak peak #EvilSmirk #Owl

Working on a sketch for one of the creatures in Outsider 2. It helps me to draw what I see in my head so I can describe it better. Can’t show you all of it till the second book comes out (July 14th again) but I can’t resist showing sneak peeks! :D

Working on a sketch for one of the creatures in Outsider 2. It helps me to draw what I see in my head so I can describe it better. Can’t show you all of it till the second book comes out (July 14th again) but I can’t resist showing sneak peeks! :D

New post (and a time lapse art video) on my blog!

New post (and a time lapse art video) on my blog!

Sneak peak!!

Sneak peak!!

Working on a new video

Working on a new video

The concept sketch I did of Astrid’s tattoos. I need to do another old at some point in black and white like they’re supposed to look. White thorns and black roses. #outsider #astrid #tattoos

The concept sketch I did of Astrid’s tattoos. I need to do another old at some point in black and white like they’re supposed to look. White thorns and black roses. #outsider #astrid #tattoos

Outsider: Astrid Vârcolac Concept Sketch

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I had so many different ways I wanted to draw this one! The Vârcolac skin was not something I had originally planned for when I was writing Outsider. It started out as just a simple wolf skin with nothing particularly special about it. 

I used (**): Pro-markersMechanical PencilPaper BlenderWater Colours0.1 Black Pen and a White Ink Pen

But about half way through the book, right before they meet the Leshy, this image of Halvard spotting a wolf in the distance came out of nowhere, and at that point I decided the wolf skin was going to become a lot more than just a wolf skin.

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As usual I did all my sketch work on tracing paper and then, once I was happy with the pose, transfered it onto the card. While I was going over the transfered sketch, I made sure I had my sketchook with the notes and ilustrations for Astrid’s outfit next to me, so I wouldn’t make any mistakes about her clothes or the colour.

Before I started painting with water colour I used a few pro markers over the sketch

For me Astrid’s clothes were very important. As someone who occasionally wears corsets I can tell you the full torso corsets, while your posture might be perfect wearing them, they will not let you jump around or be particularly flexible.

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Being in the kind of environment Astrid is in, her clothes needed to be very practical, and be layered in such a way that the undergarments could be worn alone in hot weather, and the over garments were more suited to colder climates. Layering clothes as much as possible so she doesn’t need to carry heaps of clothing around with her.

I really wanted to avoid having anything remotely constrictive  about her clothing 

I have several sketches of how her clothes are layered in my sketchbook. I’ll show you them properly at some point, but for this book (and probably the next) it’s only really her winter clothes and her wolf skin you get to see.

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So, that’s the final drawing of Asitrd’s Vârcolac wolf skin. I’m not going to go more into it case you haven’t read the book. Those of you who have read it know what I’m talking about so let’s not spoil it for everyone else! ;)

If you want you can get the book here! 

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Was clearing out my iPhoto trash and found this old photo @nickydelys took of one of my outfits around December last year

Was clearing out my iPhoto trash and found this old photo @nickydelys took of one of my outfits around December last year

Which post would you like to see me publish on my blog today? A Z palette dupe or one of the concept sketches I did for Astrid? #outsider

Which post would you like to see me publish on my blog today? A Z palette dupe or one of the concept sketches I did for Astrid? #outsider

My spare hair brush looked boring so I decided to decorate it. I’ll have a blog post about this soon :)

My spare hair brush looked boring so I decided to decorate it. I’ll have a blog post about this soon :)

My drawings of the fireflies in #outsider . Definitely one of my favourite creatures in the book

My drawings of the fireflies in #outsider . Definitely one of my favourite creatures in the book