Wednesday, October 30, 2013


This is Uhura from Star Trek.  I am going to be honest, I am not that big of a Star Trek fan.  However, I liked the new movies, so there is that.

I did this sketch on a whim.  I was just thinking about who is a different subject to draw.  Honestly, my favorite part of the drawing is the little streaks of White Out that I made over it.  It makes the picture have a little more depth.

I drew this using a G2 gel pen and then outlined the figure using a fat tip Sharpie marker.  I also embellished the background with littl explosions using the Sharpie marker too.  As previously said, I also used a White out pen to add streaks of light or dust to the picture.

Monday, October 28, 2013


For people who grew up in the 90's, Venom was the Spider-Man villain.  Venom was originally a sentient, alien that pretended that it was a super advanced suit for Spider-Man.  However, like any evil alien, it eventually tried to kill Spider-Man, so he ditched it and it found other hosts to bond with.  Once it bonds with the host, the Venom suit gives all of Spider-Man's powers and some that he doesn't have, like invisibility.

I drew this with a Papermate Flair pen with a medium tip on it.  There are some extraneous sketch lines on this picture.  That is because I drew the sketch of Venom with a ballpoint pen first and now I cannot get the lines erased.

The look of Venom was inspired by current Spider-Man comic book artist Humberto Ramos.  His Venom has tendrils coming out every which way and is texturally more interesting to look at that the typical smooth look that Venom is drawn in.  Here is an example of what I mean.

(L to R) Smooth Venom by Mark Bagley, Textured Venom by Humberto Ramos

Thursday, October 24, 2013

When I am supposed to be working...4

So yesterday the new trailer for "Captain America: The Winter Soldier came out.  As a celebration, here is another piece I did at work, featuring Captain America!  I am a terrible employee!  I even started drawing on company documents!  The funny thing about this picture is that I initially drew it with the intent of Cap crashing down from a ceiling.  However, the way I oriented his head made it look more dynamic if it looks like he is bursting out of the window and coming right at you.

I drew this with my ball point blue work pen, on work stationary, and on work hours.  I clearly have no professionalism.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013


Hey! After all these months, here is a picture that is finally in color!  I will make a confession to all of you guys: I hate painting and coloring.  I don't know why, perhaps I have deep-seated issues that goes back to a disturbing incident in my childhood.  Whatever the case may be, I know that I have been depriving people of colored pictures.

So if you haven't seen the movies, this is the Minion from Despicable Me.  My personal feelings of the movies are that they are overrated and the minions are overused.  I know it is against popular opinion, but I stand by my word.

Anyhoot, this was done with extremely thin tipped Crayola markers.  I was shocked how thin and effective the markers were.  It is a genuine pleasant surprise when you discover that you don't need fancy, expensive art supplies to make a decent picture.

Monday, October 21, 2013

Harley Quinn Character Study

Continuing from my previous post, here is the character study of Harley Quinn before I even started drawing the actual comic page.  I actually needed to draw her out because Harley was given a totally new costume in the DC New 52 reboot and I didn't have a clue how it worked.  Note:  there are some super rough sketches of Harley poses on the right side that resemble the poses in the final artwork.  Unfortunately, my scanner didn't pick up on the pencils very well so it's a little tough to make out.

This is all done in pencil.  To be more specific, it is a mechanical pencil with .05 cm lead.

Friday, October 18, 2013

Harley Quinn Art Submission

DC Comics has recently opened an art contest for aspiring artists like myself to draw up a page from an upcoming Harley Quinn comic.  If you don't know, Harley Quinn is the Joker's girlfriend.  And if you have seen The Dark Knight, then anybody who associates themselves with the Joker is already pretty crazy.

Here is my step by step process of my art submission.

I had to do some preparation before I actually started on my actual submission.  First, I drew up some head sketches. I mostly did it so I can test out some different facial expressions. They didn't end up in the final piece, but it is always a good artistic exercise nonetheless.

Next, I drew out a few poses that I imagine Harley in when I read the sample script.  The script called for Harley in different, crazy scenarios.  For the first panel, it's Harley breaking off a cell phone tower and holding like a lightning rod in a storm.  The second panel is Harley in a chicken suit surrounded by crocodiles, the third panel is Harley in tickling the inside of a whale's mouth, and the fourth panel has Harley in a bathtub with a net of electrical appliances precariously dangling over her.

Personally, I thought the funniest part was where Harley is described wearing a suit of raw chicken.  This prompted my girlfriend to draw this sketch to help me visualize it.

"Looks great, Honey.  Now I am getting hungry."

Finally, I drew out my entire page.  It took me a couple of days and more than a few hours.  I am pretty proud of it.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013


This is just a page from my sketchbook of different animals.  Animals are always a challenge (in a good way) because you naturally assume that their skull structure will be similar to humans, which- as obvious as it sounds- is not true.  The rhino was the hardest for me to grasp because it's head is so misshapen.

The animals were all drawn with a Staedtler .01 and .03 cm tip pens.  The zebra was drawn with a G2 gel pen and a Sharpie.  Note: the cartoon drawing of the zebra.  Cartoons are a great way to study the basic features of something.

Monday, October 14, 2013

Beast Boy

Here is Beast Boy!  Man, was that Teen Titans cartoon awesome or what?  I always had a liking for Beast Boy, although my favorite Titan is Raven.

I used G2 gel pens and a fat tip Sharpie marker for this picture.  The animals in the background are also done with a G2 pen.  I don't care for them as much.  I personally liked it when I used a lighter pen tip to draw the animals like how I did in the Animal Man post.  Also, I don't care for this picture that much because of his head shape.