Rose Draws Things

Hi. I'm Rose David! I'm a cartoonist, writer, and futuristic bounty-hunter.


I love animals, colors, and YOU.


Here are some things I've done:

Little Fox | a wordless comic
Your Developing Body | a comic about classroom films, menses, and mayhem
My Big Fat Panic Attack | an illustrated essay
Let's Party | an illustrated essay on the awkwardness of being a non-child at a children's birthday party
How to Be a Man | mostly about beards

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Always, always lovely.

Ron Weasley… tired after another late night sneaking ‘round the halls of Hogwarts, still valiantly attempts to participate in class.

It does not go well.

Weird little bat-dude or goblin? You decide.

Art marker experiments in Manga Studio, courtesy of a new Frenden brush set.

Art marker experiments in Manga Studio, courtesy of a new Frenden brush set.

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Well hi there, Little Watercolor-y Bleed Lines in Manga Studio…

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I was just messing around, drawing mermaids (I do that a lot), and getting more used to Frenden’s awesome Manga Studio wash brushes. They’re so organic and pretty and yeah, I could go on and on, but just buy them because they’re seriously kick-ass and SO inexpensive.

But! I found out something surprising and cool last night. After I’ve done a super-loose rough sketch, I typically finalize the shapes in a new layer of neat pencil-lines. This gets used as my guideline for painting or inking.

In this case, when I monkeyed around with the blending mode a bit and set it to Soft Light, I got this:

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It has lines… sort of. But it comes off as more of neat, subtle watercolor kind-of-deal. A very interesting find.

By the way, here’s the version with the pencil-lines layer set to the Normal blending mode.

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By the way, those pencils were done with Frenden’s Real Pencil set, which is also awesome. At some point I’d like to explore doing some all-pencil comics. I’ve tried it with analog materials, but no matter how careful I am, I always manage to smudge something important. I figure that’ll be much harder with my tablet.

Anyway, yeah. Mermaid!

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ZOMG holy crackballs.

I’m normally a Manga Studio gal, but these are so cool I might dip my toe back into Photoshop.

(via isabelgreenberg)

Ah, hey. Look at this guy!

He’s kind of cute, right? I’m doing a short comic with some bandits in it. Last night, I was sketching a bit and came up with that dude.

So, of course, I wanted to share him with the internet. I think he’s pretty cute, you know?

But since I’ve also got a huge freaking complex about my imperfect sketchbooks, I feel the need to share some of my shittier sketches, too. Because, seriously, every time I see someone’s amazing, beautifully composed sketchbook pages—and not like ONE finished piece out of a dozen loose sketches, I’m talking like PAGE AFTER PAGE of perfection—I really want to just go to the art store and have a breakdown in the Copic Marker aisle.

So, uh, yeah.

Here are some less-awesome bandits from the same sketching session, because exorcising your bad sketches are what sketchbooks are for, right?

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Creatively, I’m just really messed up right now, and I think it has everything to do with the fact that I’ve just given myself too many freaking options when it comes to my comics.

I started working almost 100% digitally on the graphic-novel-thingy I’m doing. Which was good, because I really think that’s helped me with productivity. Not to mention being able to zoom in has done wonders for me. Like, there’s a lot of stuff that I have to draw for this project that I just feel inherently skittish about drawing…

Like cityscapes and crowds and dudes.

But the advantages of working digitally have also sort of addled my brain. I have too many options right now and I feel like I’m drowning in choices.

I think Jack White had some good points on the value of creative limitations. And maybe that’s what I need to do for myself right now.

So yeah… Restriction. This is what I need right now. And for me, that means going analog and not worrying so much about convenience and productivity. Also, sticking to just a few tools.*

* Pentel Pocket Brush Pen and a Carbon Platinum Desk Pen, in case you’re wondering.

Scary ghost is scaaaary

Scary ghost is scaaaary