Monday, December 28, 2009

Anatomy of a Character

I decided to show my sketching steps. When I draw characters I start with simple shapes. I tend to like sharp lines as opposed to round lines. So the first step deals primarily with shapes. At this stage I'll try to be as gestural as possible although I did clean up the rough a bit. Then the next step is detail. This is where I add pretty much everything that makes the character who they are. The last step is painting of course. I'm not a fan of painting. I love the sketching process more. But color always looks nice.

Meet Isabella...she is my new character for a pet project I've been working on. Only time will tell if it works out though...

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Centaur Sketches

Sorry about the lack of posts lately. I've been really busy. I hope this makes up for it. I got to thinking what was the first thing I remember drawing. I realized it was horses. So I combined my love for drawing people with horses. There will be another page of this coming up as well. Enjoy!!!

Pencil sketch, colored in Photoshop CS2
© Jessa Sininger

Monday, November 9, 2009

Iron Giant

I found out about the Iron Giant Project a little late in the game and only had a couple days to do a piece for the project. This is the outcome. I wish I had more time to spend on it but unfortunately I had to go with this. Please check out mine and the other pieces for this movie on The Iron Giant Project Blog here:

Pencil sketch, colored in Photoshop CS2
© Jessa Sininger

Saturday, October 31, 2009


Here's some character sketches I did last weekend.

Pencil Sketch
© Jessa Sininger

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Pumpkin Carving Contest

Happy Halloween Everyone!

So I am now working as a Cloth/Hair TD at Sony Pictures Imageworks. So far I really love it there. Great atmosphere and great people. We are having a pumpkin carving contest tomorrow with none other than Tim Burton judging it. I just had to enter a pumpkin in. This is my first time carving a pumpkin. I did the sketch on the pumpkin Wednesday after work then Thursday after work I carved it. Its so hard to incorporate your sketch onto an actual pumpkin. A hint to what movie I'm working on is right here ladies and gentleman. If you can guess what these characters are based off of then congrats. This is so far the coolest movie I've worked on thus far.

Here's pictures of the progress of the pumpkin. Even my cat Bella got in on the action as usual. She's such a curious little thing.

Wish me luck for the contest. I hope I hope....

Friday, October 23, 2009


This is my drawing for this weeks DrawerGeeks topic Frankenstein.

Pencil sketch
© Jessa Sininger

Friday, September 11, 2009


Early morning post. I'm posting this before I leave for work this morning. I sketched this out yesterday on some down time. I'm a fan of the new show Glee. Great satirical humor mixed in with cheesy songs.

Pencil sketch
© Jessa Sininger

Monday, September 7, 2009

Time Warp

This is a little drawing exercise that originated on deviant art by a person by the name of thundercake. Its called "Time Warp" and it basically deals with you drawing yourself at crucial ages in your life and remembering odd little quarks or little known facts.

It was a fun little side project. It was quite a trip down memory lane remembering how I was in the past. I guess it would be considered quite normal when a kid goes through the whole not fitting in faze to wanting to fit in to finally being happy with themselves and doing their own thing.

link to exercise:

In other news we have finally hit overtime major at work for the movie. I've mentioned this before but I never expected it to be this drastic. So it leaves no time for me to upload artwork as much as I did before. Please please please be patient my lovelies. This won't last long and I will try (but not making any promises) to upload when I can. So for the next couple of months I will be really busy. Thanks so much for your support and patience.

Pencil sketch
© Jessa Sininger

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Some Old Landscape Backgrounds

So I came across some old art that I've done back when I went to college. As you know I'm not a big fan of drawing backgrounds. These were done for a class that was all about digital background painting so it forced me to do it. I decided to post these. They were done in 05 I believe.

Expect some new art going up this weekend. One will be my Drawergeek topic. I have been watching tutorials on painter and am ready to try my hand in it hopefully this weekend. Since shark week went by not too long ago I thought I'd do my spin on it. I am a huge fan of sharks and love shark week when it premiers. Also I drew up a nice portrait as well to paint in painter. I don't know when I'll be posting those though since it will be my first time using the program and it may take a bit to experiment in what with all the brushes and I think I'm going to be at work this Saturday so that will cut into my painting time.

Pencil sketches, colored in Photoshop CS
© Jessa Sininger

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Beauty and the Beast Sketch

This is some reference study sketches I'm working on to gear up for my Beauty and the Beast project. This is the Beast both as a human prince and a monster. I wanted to go for a Jekyll/Hyde look to this sketch.

I am using my sisters scanner right now till I get my own.

Pencil sketch
© Jessa Sininger

Saturday, June 27, 2009


This is a preview of what I'm working on. I'm drawing all the sisters that was in the movie The Little Mermaid. This one is Arista.

Pencil sketch
© Jessa Sininger

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Surprise Kiss Colored

Here are some of my old and new illustrations colored.

Pencil sketches, colored in Photoshop CS2
© Jessa Sininger

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Starbucks Sketches

Here's some sketches I did yesterday while at Starbucks. It just isn't a good drawing day unless you spill coffee on your pants.

Pencil Sketch
© Jessa Sininger

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Rapunzel Rapunzel

I finally finished coloring this piece. Its the colored version of one of my illustrations based on the Grimm's Fairy tales. Its my take on the story Rapunzel.

Pencil sketch, colored in Photoshop CS2
© Jessa Sininger

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Hold that pose...

So I managed to sketch this up today. I'm on overtime for the movie till the end of this week. A lot of late nights. By the time I make it home I basically pass out, but tonight I'm straining to keep awake to post this.

I also have to finish the topic for drawergeeks by the end of this week. That will be posted Friday on the website and possibly this weekend on my blog. For the topic I decided to test out some different colors in the painting. Hopefully I get it done on time and don't slack on what needs finishing. Why is hair so much fun to draw but when you have to paint it its a tad difficult?

On a great note. Guess who gets next week off. That's right all that list I posted previously is going to get done. Be prepared for many sketches coming your way next week. Starbucks won't be able to get rid of me. Hold tight my lovelies more to come.

Pencil Sketch
© Jessa Sininger

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Ramen Girl

Just sketched this today on my down time.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Movement Sketches

Just messing around with movement and gesture.

Monday, March 9, 2009

Little Mermaid Sketches

So I was just sketching a bit today and thought I'd try my hand at Ariel from Disney's The Little Mermaid. Plus Little Mermaid is my other sisters favorite fairytale. I know its Hans Christian Anderson and not Grimm's but I couldn't resist. Plus I very much admire Glen Keane who was supervising animator for Ariel on the movie.

Pencil sketches, colored in Photoshop CS2
© Jessa Sininger

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Starbucks Sketchings

Here's some sketches I did while at Starbucks today.

Pencil Sketch
© Jessa Sininger

Tuesday, February 24, 2009


Here is yet another for my series of Grimm's Fairy Tales Illustrations.

Pencil Sketch
© Jessa Sininger

Friday, February 20, 2009

My Hey Arnold Shoes Signed By The Creator Craig Bartlett

So I had the wonderful opportunity of finding that Craig Bartlett the creator of the Nickelodeon show Hey Arnold worked at The Henson Studio while I was working on Sid the Science Kid. I draw on shoes and I had made a Hey Arnold pair just because I love the show. I wore them to work and the producer saw my shoes and went and got Craig to sign them for me. He was a great guy and now I have my shoes signed by the creator of one of my favorite shows. Even better is it happened on my birthday so it was a great gift. Just thought I'd share with you guys what they look like and the story behind it.

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Attack of the Portraits

Here's some of my favorite portraits I've done over the years.