Art: Boyd sketches

over the years, I made sketches of Boyd for reference. The following drawings 1) aren’t very talented, 2) were meant to be a general idea for myself and Sonny, and 3) are semi-canon, in that they were ways of referencing canon things for myself BUT doesn’t mean anything had to look exactly the way I drew it. The fonts may be different on things, the exact positioning of this or that may change, and if people had a different view of him in their mind, then they aren’t wrong, either.

Below the cut contains spoilers through Fade chapter 7.

Scars and tattoos:

Originally done 9/8/2009 or (most likely) earlier– two ways I imagined Boyd’s shoulder tattoos could be done. It could be different fonts:

boydtatsv1Β boydtatsv2

2/14/2010– A drawing I did when I knew Boyd was going to get a tongue piercing. I couldn’t label him as Boyd at the time, as that would have been a spoiler since we were still writing Interludes or Afterimage at the time. So I labeled it Cameron, since at that time no one knew that would be his undercover name:

Below are two representations I made years ago as one way of imagining the scars on Boyd’s chest. But, really, it wouldn’t look exactly like this. I just wanted a very basic, initial visual to use, with the assumption that it would get refined over time. Which might mean fewer scars or different types. Oh, and the first one is of one of the photos I found of Boyd Holbrook at the time.





9/27/2010–Β Another sketch, this time of Boyd after he’d returned home but when he still looked like Cameron:

12/31/2011– from an age meme I did for Boyd at deviantart. PS: I know his left arm is at a weird angle but at the time I wanted to sketch his tattoo.


I had a rough sketch of how I initially imagined the tree tattoo looked, drawn on a sticky note stuck above my computer for years. Then I moved and I have no idea where it went, and I can’t seem to find a copy on my computer. If I ever find it, I’ll post it.

The tree tattoo shown above is a very rough sketch. The actual tattoo is much more intricate, much cooler, and probably looks different.

I also had a sketch of the Cyclone brand, and the Hsin/Xin mark over it, but of course I’ve lost that as well. For reference, here’s an updated sketch of his back, probably minus all sorts of scars collected over the years as an agent:



A native speaker or anyone who’s learned Japanese/Chinese lately probably could draw the character much better than I can.

8 thoughts on “Art: Boyd sketches

    • Ais October 7, 2013 / 3:49 am

      Thanks πŸ™‚

  1. Lorraine October 10, 2013 / 11:02 pm

    Ais, you’re so multi-talented! The Cameron drawing is excellent…the tongue and ear piercings look awesome!

    I confess, I never imagined Boyd’s scars going up his torso. I always pictured them mostly in the abdominal region. I blame the hotness of the first scene where Hsin sees them as my excuse for not reading as closely as I should have about the scar’s placement. πŸ™‚

    • Ais October 11, 2013 / 3:22 am

      Thank you, Lorraine! I’m not really perfectly happy with anything I drew but then, I never am XD So I give up on things and just post them so people can at least see the general idea I had.

      Along those lines, i myself am not certain exactly how high the scars go. I always imagined them going up his chest. I’m pretty sure it specified at one point he’d tried to stab himself in the heart too but by then the blade was too bloody and he was too out of it and he didn’t properly account for his ribs so it didn’t work. However, over the years I’ve lost track of what information we kept in there and what got lost in all the editing and never made its way back in properly.

      So tl;dr: it might not be that you didn’t read it closely enough– we might have at some point removed some of the details that might have given you that image πŸ™‚ But either way, the sexy scene would have been distracting regardless lol

  2. Fina Lau December 20, 2013 / 12:42 pm

    Aha! I always wonder about where the tattoos and how they look like of each characters. This is a nice reference for it πŸ˜€

    • Ais December 20, 2013 / 2:53 pm

      I’m glad you like it πŸ™‚ I wish I could find those pictures I’ve lost….

      • Fina Lau December 21, 2013 / 1:39 am

        makes me want to draw boyd…..

  3. Ais December 21, 2013 / 2:40 am

    Fina Lau– This silly thing doesn’t let more than 3 comments go in any one thread. You mentioned it makes you want to draw Boyd and I just wanted to say– you should! πŸ˜€

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