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.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

The Flash

It has been a while since I posted here. That is my mistake as life stuff got in the way. In any case, I drew a simple picture of the Flash racing towards the camera. I always enjoy posing the Flash when he runs because he always looks dynamic and exciting. Also, bonus: I get to draw speed lines on him! Lots and lots of speed lines.

This particular pose gives him that foreshortened look where it looks like he is bending forward a lot, while the reality of the drawing is that I only drew his chest and legs and cut out his stomach more or less. However, if you place them in the correct spot, it looks like he really is bending over in an exciting way.

Monday, August 29, 2016

Joker and Harley Quinn

Yes yes, I did watch Suicide Squad a few weeks ago. And yes, yes, this picture is a direct inspiration of that movie. So what did I think of the movie itself? Eeeeehhhhh..... It was not that great.

Why is that? It was pretty incomprehensible as a movie. People make logical leaps or act super stupid. The most ridiculous part is that the trailers hype the Joker to be a huge part of the movie, but then it turns out.... spoiler alert! He is barely in the movie and actually does not impact the movie's plot at all!!

As a fan, my biggest problem with the movie was portraying the Joker and Harley Quinn as this star-crossed couple who are in love. But really, the Joker was an abusive narcissistic boyfriend who treats Harley as nothing more than an object to be used. It really is kinda gross how they just gloss that over. There is an article on Dark Knight News that really addresses the issue articulately.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Spider-Man versus Green Goblin

When I first used Medibang Paint, I initially assumed that I can color pictures that I already drew by hand and then scan it into my iPad. Unfortunately I realized that the app does not count the whites of the picture to be transparent, so if I paint, then the color will cover the picture too.

Fortunately, I found a way sort of around that issue. I can lower the opacity of the paints and then I can color the picture without it totally washing out the details. Of course, the downside of this technique is that the coloring is splotchy and uneven. This was a quick paint over; more of an exercise of how my black and white picture looks like with color.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Batman Rebirth

Another design I did using the Medibang Paint app. I really like Batman's new Rebirth costume. The yellow around the bat symbol makes it pop more, which I thought was a problem in some of the more recent Batman costumes, like the Dark Knight suit. The cowl's shoulder piece has three points to it too, which is like a subtle bat-motif. Finally, the purple on the insides of the cape gives Batman more color than he is typically used to and harkens back to his original costume when he first appeared in Detective Comics #27 with purple gloves. The purple is a color that Batman is not typically associated with, but the purples contrasts with his grey figure nicely.

Even though the costume is not normally this....bright, it was a conscious choice to lighten the purple of his cape because I wanted the image to have a more pop art-effect. Originally, I had the entire back image be purple, implying the cape is super big. But I liked to show the scallops of the cape to make sure people understand the shape of the cape.

The biggest challenge was to put Batman in as much shadow as possible without losing the details. For example, I initially drew the shadows covering a lot more of his face, but then I started to lose where are the eyes supposed to be and the placement of the nose. Another challenge is coloring the cape and cowl black without literally making it black. I used the darkest grey I can make that is dark enough to imply black, but light enough to discriminate it from the black of the shadows. It worked out fine. The other helpful technique is that I can add a lighter grey to highlight where the light hits Batman's cape and face.

Monday, August 15, 2016

The Punisher

"One batch. Two batch. Penny for a dime...."
When I heard those words in the Daredevil season 2 trailer, it sent shivers down my spine. If you haven't caught Netflix's Daredevil, the show features the Punisher in a prominent role and it is great. New Punisher actor Jon Bernthal was great and creepy.

For the picture, I tried to go with a more watercolor effect for the background. The skull at the bottom is blurred by using a light grey color and then lowering the opacity level of it to give it an uneven look. The same technique was used for the skull on his suit too.

I normally hate doing likenesses because I am not very good at them, but I think I got Bernthal's likeness down. He has a skinny head, big nose, and a very short haircut in the show. All it takes is exaggerating a few facial traits to capture the look of the actor.