Thursday, August 29, 2013


Here is my foray into fashion model sketching.  I always liked the way fashion designers do these quick, dirty sketches where there is barely a figure, but excellent looking clothes.

I actually cannot make up fashion.  I have no imagination when it comes to designing clothes.  So, I was reduced to stealing a fashion catalog from my girlfriend and copying a model from their pictures.  Overall, I really liked how it turned out.  It's a good exercise to do the female model form.

For this sketch I used a lot of thin tipped pens.  My Millenium .08 cm thick pen for the shading and thicker lines and Staedtler .03 cm thick pen for the slightly thinner lines.  The majority of the picture, including those sketch lines, is done with my Staedtler .01 cm thick pen.  This is the thinnest pen tip I have and it gives me a lot of ability to make small details or to sketch out lines that are softer looking.

Monday, August 26, 2013

Superior Spider-man Part 2

I just thought it was interesting to show how artists usually have to do a quick character study sketch to get the costume and proportions right.

Like I said in my previous post, Spider-Man has a new look, so I had to draw it out what it looked like so I don't mess it up in a real drawing.  It also helps to have personal notes that I could refer to like Spider-Man having red toes on his shoes or the odd detail that his gloves are black on the back of his hand but has a web-like, red design on the inside of it.

I used a .01 cm thick pen to sketch the body outline and then I went over with a G2 gel pen for the details and shading.  I also have random Sharpie marks all over the page because I was testing how dark it was when drawing the previous Spidey picture.

Friday, August 23, 2013

Superior Spider-Man

If you have not been keeping up with Spider-Man in the comics lately, there have been some major change ups.  Spider-Man is actually long time villain Doctor Octopus who switched brains with Peter Parker.  Now Doc Ock is (sort of) reformed and fighting crime as the self-named "Superior" Spider-Man.

One of the amusing things that Doc Ock as Spidey does is use his normally super villain plans to fight crime.  So now Spider-Man commands hordes of spying robot spiders, have henchmen, and attack his enemies using a giant robot.

Now, he is in a new costume that I think looks pretty cool.  I and love drawing Spider-Man in whatever suit he is in.  For this picture, I used everything in my artistic arsenal.  I used the G2 gel pen as my default pen to get most of the lines down.  I used my .01 and .03 cm thick tip Staedtler pens to doing fine shading and cross-hatching.  The Millennium .08 cm thick pen was for thicker lines and shading in small areas.  I used a fat Sharpie marker for the majority of the blacks and a dried up Sharpie to do some grey shading.  And finally, I had the Papermate flair medium tip marker to make bolder than normal lines, such as outlining the buildings.

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Movie Madness!!! 4

"Never go full retard!"

For today's installment of Movie Madness, it's "Tropic Thunder" (2008). "Tropic Thunder" is about a group of actors going in to Vietnam to make the best Vietnam biopic movie ever....except then they run into a real drug cartel.  Hilarity ensues.

The cast in this movie is a rock solid comedy team: Ben Stiller, Jack Black, Jay Baruchel, Danny McBride, Nick Nolte, and, my personal hero, Robert Downey Jr. wearing a black face.

This is movie came out only a few months after "Iron Man" catapulted RDJ's career.  Was it weird seeing Tony Stark's face as a black man?  Yep.  But it also got RDJ an Oscar nomination.

I drew the majority of this with a thick tip Sharpie marker.  The greys of the picture are done with a dried up Sharpie.

Friday, August 16, 2013

Blind as a Batman Redux

As sort of promised in my last post, I am closing my eyes and drawing Daredevil, the most famous (and only?) blind superhero.

"My radar sense is acting weird.  Could it be because I have no neck?"

For the record, I was pretty proud how I drew his radar sense.  In a related note, Daredevil has one of the best and beautifully drawn comics out right now.  The illustrators on that book are some of my top artistic inspirations.  Check it out.

Now, this looks like a more legit Daredevil!

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Blind as a Batman

On Comics Alliance, there is a post featuring all of the top comic book industry artists drawing their version of Batman....with their eyes closed.  The results are glorious.

This is inspired by the website Blind as a Batman, where people draw Batman blind. It is a really clever, yet simple idea that produces some amusing works.

Here is my try at drawing Batman blind...

"Alfred, my right eye seems to be coming apart."

Not bad, right?  Next time, I am going to try drawing Daredevil blind!  Just kidding....not.....

Monday, August 12, 2013

The Winter Soldier

Going back to my previous post about the next Captain America movie, here is a super rough sketch I did of the main villain in the movie: the Winter Soldier.

If you have not read the comics yet, I won't spoil who he is for you, but suffice to say, he is frigging awesome.

Since this is a rough sketch, I only used the G2 black gel pen.  If I had to change one thing about this, I would have outlined in bold black lines the Winter Soldier, so his figure would stand out more.  Right now, his body is a little too blended in with the rest of the drawing.

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Thoughts on "Captain America: The Winter Soldier"

In news that is important to only me, the costume for Captain America in his upcoming movie, "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" looks....really underwhelming.

It went from this in "The Avengers"....

"Forward, hhhhhooooeeee!!!"

To looking like this in "The Winter Soldier"....

Ah yes, defending the good ol' blue, grey, and blue!

There is a pretty huge difference in design!!  The new costume does look pretty cool though, just not as the main suit for a Captain America movie!  Yes, he did wear it in the comic books, but it is such an odd choice as the suit that you will see in most of the movie.  It would be like doing a Superman movie and then making him wear this little number....

Superman has 90's fashion trends to thank for this costume.

The good news is that I heard that the all-blue costume is a part of Captain America's character arc and that by the end of the movie he will be back in the red, white, and blue suit.

Monday, August 5, 2013

Movie Madness!!! 3

"You stay in Wonderland and I will show you how far down the rabbit hole really goes."

Welcome back to another "Movie Madness!!!" post.  This is scene is from my favorite movie when I was in high school: "The Matrix" (1999).

To those uninitiated (read: uncool) the movie is where Keanu Reeves is a computer hacker who finds out that life is nothing but an elaborate virtual reality program and that real life is a bunch a robots who have taken over the world and enslaved humanity.  How does wearing awesome shades and dark trench coats fit in?  Your guess is as good as mine.

For this piece, I did a fat tipped Sharpie for the super bold lines and a dried up Sharpie for the greys.  It is all about using your art supplies to the very last drop.

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Wolverine Screaming to the Sky

"YYYEAAARRGGHH Kelly Clarkson!!!"

This picture is from my "Random Thoughts on 'The Wolverine'" post.  I just reposted it because I figured people would want to see a better view of it.

I drew this picture with an assortment of pens.  I used the G2 get pen, then inked it over again using the Papermate Flair medium size tip marker.  I then added the fine details like his tank top lines or shading underneath his chin with a .03 cm thick tip Staedtler pen.  Finally, I wrote "AAARGH!" with a fat Sharpie and used a dried up Sharpie to draw the dark and grey lines radiating from the from the letters.

Screaming is a quintessential thing that Wolverine does.  It is only behind "having claws", "healing from fatal wounds", and "saying 'Bub'".  Don't believe me?  Check this video out from