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New Beautiful Girl Sketch – Nadya

September 22, 2017 / by grimwain

For my latest round of short stories, I’ve decided to sketch my own cover art.

It’s a challenge.

…and I love it.

This next piece is a sequel to this.

Here’s a quick progression:

Nadya – or at least half of her. I started with strictly pencils, sketching her face on a huge sheet of watercolor paper. Surprise, surprise….watercolor paper is excellent media for fine pencil sketches, especially realistic pieces.


I used a blend of charcoal, graphite, and dark pencil lead to deepen Nadya’s eyes and hair. Here’s my arsenal….


The red will probably feel stark and out of place. It definitely contrasts with her face. But soon (very soon) it’ll be on a book cover. And it’ll make a bit more sense. At least…I hope so.


Nadya, the Deathless – a character in the novel Hollow Empire.

Thanks for stopping by. More paintings are soon to come.

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J Edward Neill

Painter of shadows

Author of darkness

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