Saturday, October 22, 2016

When I am supposed to be working: Walter White

I am doing another short post today. What happens when you are stuck in a work training and your mind begins to wander to thinking about Breaking Bad? Then you get a head sketch in your training guide of Walter White.

This is a quick one. I know it isn't perfect, but I do like how Walter's eyes turned out. It gives off that slightly vacant stare where he is not weighed down by empathy anymore. Chilling.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

MCU Cards: Ant-Man

As much as I love the Ant-Man costume from his movie, I kinda hate drawing it. Actually, I hate drawing anything with excessive piping and random gadgets on the costume. I know that it looks better on screen, but-man-it is a pain in the butt to remember how to draw all those details. Not only that, if I get to hung up drawing all of the details, then the overall picture suffers. If you haven't noticed compared to a picture of a real costume, then you will realize that I have simplified it a little bit. Like, there are less piping around his suit.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016


Gah. This face is a lot more disturbing up close than I thought. I know I have said in the past the level of difficulty to make caricatures based on real life people. However, if there is a person who's face looks like a real life cartoon character, it is Dwight Schrute from The Office. His face is so easy to break down and made to look like a cartoon: his boxy head, high forehead, round-beady eyes, and that hair!! His hair is so unusual. Do people even do their hair that way? Probably, but I have never personally seen it.

I had a lot of fun drawing Dwight because I actually just used the shape tool to create much of his head. His head is originally a rectangle that I shaved off the top and bottom parts. His chin is an oval that I connected with some lines to create a jawline. His eyes are just ovals overlaid with circles to create his pupils. His eyebrows were created using the line shape tool. And his glasses are just squares where I rounded of the edges to make them have traditional glasses shape.

The other thing that was fun about Dwight was applying the shadowing to him. My coloring process is that I use a flat color first and then put in the shadows afterwards. For shadows, I just use a slightly darker blend of the initial colors that I applied and then I strategically put them around the face. So like, giving his shadows under his hair strands at the top of his forehead makes the thing a little more realistic, but still cartoony. Incidentally, I prefer to just do my coloring shading in two-maybe three-tones at the most. Blending colors is a great effect, but it is time consuming and I prefer to make it simple.

Monday, October 3, 2016

When I am supposed to be working: Princess Leia

Here is a drawing I did of Princess Leia that I did at work. I did say previously that I was in a Star Wars kind of mood. I have been drawing Star Wars characters all day.

This picture gave me the personal challenge of her left hand going over her gun handle. It is a challenge because it is easy to make her hands too big. I always make fingers too big when a person holds a gun because I am more concerned with the fingers gripping this fat gun handle, if that makes sense. However here, I tried to be vigilant of fat fingers and giving them space in between the fingers. The end result is that her hands look much more feminine and the picture looks better for it.

An interesting challenge that I did not know how to draw properly is Leia's hair Buns. I didn't know how to properly find the lighting on her hair correctly. For some reason, I got tripped up by the shape. In the end, I just gave more lighting to the middle spot of her hair bun and less as it gets lower and higher. The other issue with her hair buns is that I didn't know which direction to draw her hair strands on the buns. This is due to having no real life experience observing how hair is wrapped up in a bun.

Friday, September 30, 2016

When I am supposed to be working: Rey and Finn

Here is another doodle when I was bored at work one day. I felt like a Star Wars kind of mood so I tried my hand in drawing Finn and Rey. I realize that Rey's hair is actually different than in the film, but what the hey, I did this from memory purely. Part of my motivation for wanting to draw Rey was because I really like posing characters with a  staff, because it is so cool looking. Also, I always try to practice on my female forms, which I would think was successful. She may not look like Daisy Ridley, but she looks good.

Interestingly, Finn was the one I had a harder time drawing. His pose is kinda lackluster and not nearly as dynamic as Rey's. Weirdly, I had trouble with making his legs look interesting, but it just kinda sits there. In fact, there is one anatomical issue with his left leg. It is a little too long in the kneecaps area. One reason I had trouble with Finn is because I actually think it is difficult to draw the pose of two hands on a rifle. But once again it is something that I am practicing in-just like practicing drawing females-so I can master it.

Monday, September 26, 2016


Here is a chinchilla commission I did for a friend of mine. I forget if I have discussed it before here, but drawing fur is hard. And when you have to draw a lot of fur-like a chinchilla- then it is even more difficult.

Fortunately, I think I cracked how to draw appropriate fur. It should be short even if in real life, the animal's fur is longer than that. It is easier to manage without it looking too mangy and wild. The other tip to drawing fur is that it must always be going in the same direction. Animal fur tends to bend in only one certain way. If you don't believe me, then pet a dog going against its fur. It would look weird and probably is not too comfortable for the dog too. Animal fur is always goes in the same direction 97% of the time, so you should draw it consistently in one direction to reflect that. One way to remember to make that fur looking neat and unidirectional is by drawing it in rows. Draw it in rows of each other and then compound it with another row of fur and then another. Pretty soon, you will have a neat-looking fur bunch that makes the figure of the animal easier to look at.

The exception to this rule is if you are drawing fur that curves with the body. You can see that with the body rolls or the left hind-leg here. I curve my fur pattern based on where the body curves. It really goes a long way to do that because it gives them more of a figure volume, if that makes any sense.  Finally, in place of deep blacks of shadows, draw a lot of fur. Like how I said to draw fur rows, for the shadows of the animal, you draw a lot of rows of fur clumped together. If done correctly, it gives that shadowed, textured look. Drawing fur is hard, but it is a thing that I am getting more used to.

Sunday, September 18, 2016

When I am supposed to be working: Thor

Here is a one of the few times that I am drawing a picture with solely pencils. I have mentioned in the past that I like the pencils being sketchy because it gives the the picture some extra texture that would otherwise get lost in inking process. Of course, one downside of it is that it is harder to adequately capture the details of the picture on my scanner. But whatever. Like, can you tell that Thor is in the rain? It is fairly faint, so it wouldn't surprise me if you cannot.

Another unintended side effect of doing pictures in pencils is that it appears more real. With my inks, I tend to do bolder lines. But with pencils, I can play with perceptions more and do more shadowing without using crosshatching. For example, look at how his feet just disappear in the rain. You probably wouldn't have even noticed that detail unless you stare carefully at it. The whole image is kinda like that. If you squint, you can easily imagine the figure of Thor looking quite realistic.