Friday, July 11, 2014

Papasha, 1st pass sketch

...Not-so-rough seems. Again, not necessarily following my own advice with adding details on a first pass, though I did lay down and solidify an undersketch before getting into the small stuff this time around. I think I'll start hitting these one-off illos in terms of comic pages, adding a panel or two inside the image just to break up the composition a little. That, and to convince myself that these are somehow story-oriented drawings.

Friday, May 30, 2014

One-off illustration

...yet again. There's a series of color vignettes that involve these two that I've been sitting on for months. May post them next time.

Friday, May 16, 2014


These were somewhat throw-away tertiary characters for a set of one-off production illustrations. I like how both turned out, and since they'll probably only show in this mini series of vignettes I went ahead and threw together a montage of the more finished pieces featuring these two. My only regret is that the cigarette holder got cut off in most of the cropped frames.

(Untoned versions, still in the works.)

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Friday, May 09, 2014

Friday Sketch Dump, plus Alien Abduction roughs

Series of exploratory roughs. Alternating between the literal and more simplified/pushed versions. Am enjoying the pushed versions more.

And here are some of the alternate versions/compositions of the Alien Abduction pieces from a few weeks ago:
(Cape should be indicating flow of action in the first pic. Perhaps this the very beginning of the burst from the gun and he hasn't had time to settle into the action yet.)
(One thing I ought to be doing at the very beginning, before even drawing the characters or anatomy, is just laying down a series of lines and possible shapes to figure on how the lines of action will compliment one another. As is, feels like the negative space wasn't utilized as much as it could have, as well as the background not really doing much other than reenforcing the upshot in the second piece and indicating "Here is hole in wall" and "Here is where character is in relation to other character" for both. Backgrounds are just as much a character in relation to the others.)

Monday, April 28, 2014

Viking Fraulein redux

(Reposted, for the last time hopefully.)

As always, when in doubt: Redraw from scratch, simplify shapes and lines, and make sure the undersketch is accurate. Especially when it comes to faces. It helps to not be so married to any one version or drawing of a character that you try to redraw it in exact detail, even moreso if it's a one-off sketch as opposed to a codified (and correct) design that's been refined by time and effort. And if still in doubt, sit on the drawing for a few days, a month, and then come back with fresh eyes to see what works and what doesn't. Basic editorial procedures.

Given that realistic rendering seems to not be my bag, I need to keep an eye open to doing simple and appealing at the outset of a drawing, as opposed to trying to pull a Moebius each time I do these stand alone illustrations. You'd think I'd have learned all of this by now. But I figure my mistakes are your gain, tens of viewers.

Friday, April 25, 2014

Just variations on a theme

...Several takes on an illustration from this past week. Redrew the character a few times, then remembering the ever-dreaded and unforgiving axiom, "Your first pass is never your last", ended up redoing the whole thing from scratch. Will post both versions next time. In the meantime, figured on cobbling a color preview from said-abortive attempt. Enjoy, comrades.

Friday, April 18, 2014

Alien Abduction take II

...The cardinal rule of drawing: Your 1st pass is almost always never your last.

(Our chimera supermodel looks a bit more worried here, which is good I guess, since more emotion in an illustration is theoretically a plus, both from a design and a story angle. Our resident proletarian android also has a bit more bounce or action to his pose, if not less rendering. Again, which of the two is more important at this stage of drawing?... Exactly.)

The mysterious Erlenmeyer Flask continues to change hands. Stay tuned.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Alien Abduction reverse, as our favorite chimera lady's apparently stealing the infamous Erlenmeyer Flask from a genetics compound.

(...So food and beer with the coworkers, and now an illustration. Well... no, I've been tooling with it for the past few days. But as far as you know, I whipped this drawing out in 20 minutes after a pint. Have been hitting paintings with this greytone approach more often, since it pretty reliably establishes the values before doing a color pass. Saves alot of time.)

In any case, an ode to The X Files.