Buffy Drawing Started

Today after more research and agonizing over imagery I finally got the Buffy drawing started.

I talk about it more in the video but basically I try to do more than just a drawing from an image. I’m trying to communicate a story of the character. For Buffy the Vampire Slayer I’m presently surprised at the complexity of the character.

She is not just a slayer of vampires. She started out as the stereotypical California valley girl and then was the chosen one forced into a life of danger and heroism that eventually led to her giving everything for her sister and all of humanity.

Today media is full of strong female characters. We can’t have enough. But Buffy was one of the first.

Unfortunately this doesn’t make my job any easier. I’m trying to communicate a very complex character and all her history with one image and with no color. Yikes! Here are some of the words that I want to communicate through the humble means of graphite and charcoal.

  • Strong Female
  • Fierce
  • Teenager
  • Stereotypical Female at first
  • Hero Journey
  • Selfless
  • Vulnerable
  • Breakable

I have some idea of how I’m going to illustrate both fierceness and vulnerability in and image whether it’s going to work I have no idea. Best thing to do is to get to work and try it and if it fails try again.

Buffy the vampire slayer drawing

Previous Fandom Fitness Drawing Posts


The normal 15 minute warm-up in graphite.


One Minute Gestures

The one minute gestures is a constant staple of the exercises from the The Natural Way to Draw book but today it was a shorter session, only 15 minutes.

What went well, what was awesome! Celebrate It!

I’m happy that I got the Buffy drawing started!

What needs work? What did you learn?

Still working on that focus and moving from one thing to the next without getting pulled off course for too long.

How am I going to Optimize moving forward?

Constantly ask: “What’s important now?”.

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