I’m not sold on this ink process yet. The end result looks a bit complicated and hard to read to me. Thoughts?
Didn’t do much sharable work over the holidays. But now it’s January and like most people I feel compelled to make a better, more productive life out of the next 365 days. Here are a few digital drawings I did based somewhat on the technique concepts presented by my previous collaborator and now DC exclusive artist, Freddie E. Williams, II in his book The DC Comics Guide to Digitally Drawing Comics. I see a bit of Frank Miller in the first one, but I did a lot more refined and tapered line in the second one, so a lot of that influence got hidden there.
Done in Adobe Photoshop CS4 with a Wacom Inutos2 9×12 tablet.
Good luck in 2010.
More artwork for the Ten Ton Sketch Challenge. This time it’s Grendel, created by Matt Wagner who I’ve actually had the pleasure of meeting. Fun design and great premise. Hopefully I will get to do more reading of this character when time allows because I was intrigued by what I found when researching for the sketch.
Graphite on 9×12 2-ply Bienfang smooth Bristol.
Apparently, there was a cartoon on in the 90’s that was a lot like Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles but with sharks. Yeah, Street Sharks. Anyhow, this is the character selected by last week’s winner of the Ten Ton sketch challenge so we all have to draw them this week. I did a quickie this week since I’m working on a paying job at the moment and I wasn’t too jazzed about the subject. I’m sure they could be drawn cool, but not by me, not today. 2B & HB graphite on extra white copy paper
More figure studies. This time from one of my favorites, Andrew Loomis. The book these are from “Figure Drawing For All It’s Worth” is long out of print which is really sad to me. I think it should be required reading for all who wish to advance their skills drawing the figure. Maybe someday it will find a publisher again. Actually, I don’t know what the reason it is out of print. Maybe there are publishers wanting it, but can’t get the rights. I don’t know. Regardless, here are my studies from a page titled “Turning and Twisting”. HB graphite on copy paper.
In my continued effort to educate myself in the workings of anatomy, I bust out my faithful Dynamic Anatomy book by Burne Hogarth. I’ve read it before and looked at it frequently, but never really did studies from it. Here are two sketches based on his drawings in the book. Helpful, but not quite as much as I’d hoped. Still, I plan to do more from his book and many others in my collection.
Done with HB graphite on typing bond paper.
I don’t think I’ve ever drawn Aquaman before. This one is also for the Ten Ton Studios sketch challenge. Done 11×17 with HB and 2B graphite.
As you can see, I’m still trying to work through lots of anatomy issues and continue to struggle with hands. I used the wrapping lines a bit more decisively than in the Green Lantern picture, but still working to get them to help define the forms and not creating too much surface texture.
I’ve been working digitally more in the past few years with my Wacom Intuos2 in Adobe PhotoShop. This has spoiled me in some ways. Mainly, if I draw something too small or just plain wrong I can re-size or add layer on top and draw over it. Can’t do that in traditional ways as easily. Unfortunately, the Ten Ton challenges are for traditional media only, so the digital isn’t an option. I supposed I could work it all out digitally, print it, lightbox it, and finish it that way–but that’s way too much work for a sketch. Plus this is good practice for doing convention sketches. That said, I’d still love to get my hands on a Wacom Cintiq 21ux and do the majority of my work on that. 🙂
I am trying to participate in the Ten Ton Studios website sketch challenge more. This week is Green Lantern.
I’ve been studying Vilppu lately. He sometimes draws around the form to help define how it recedes or protrudes into space. I’m starting to incorporate some of that idea into my drawings. I still have anatomy work and a host of other issues to confront, but study is helping and these practices are extremely valuable exercises, too.
I had a table at the latest Portland Comic Book Show this past weekend. First time. It was a lot of fun. I met many new people and a couple of old acquaintances, sold some original comic pages, did a ton of free sketches for the kids who stopped by, and also did my first live commissions at a show. After this experience, I’m pretty sure I’ll get a table at the Emerald City ComiCon coming this spring in Seattle, and probably do the Portland one again next fall.
Here’s one of the pieces I did that day. I’ll post some of the other ones I took photos of soon.