Friday, November 29, 2013

Thor Thunderclap

Here is a bigger version of the picture of Thor from my previous "Random Thoughts on Thor: Dark World" post.

It was drawn with a G2 gel pen, then the small shadings was done with a .01 and .03 cm tip art pen.  The bolder details like the hammer and lightning is outlined with a .08 cm art pen and a medium tip Papermate Flair marker.  Finally, the Sharpie filled in the blacks and the background.

Monday, November 25, 2013

Random Thoughts On Thor: Dark World

I saw "Thor: Dark World" a few weeks ago. Long story short is that I liked it. Not that there weren't problems with the movie...

The biggest problem about the movie is that the main villain is super underwhelming.  Like, I don't even care about Malekith one bit.  He has no real motivation, no defining characteristics that makes him easy, and no personality other than "sinister".  The whole time I saw him in the movie, I kept on thinking, "This literally could be any other Thor villain in Malekith's place and there won't be a difference."  He is super bland, especially compared to Loki.

Which reminds me, the movie way better when Loki is part of the main cast.  He is in prison for half the movie, but when he got out and was interacting with the rest of the characters, he was hilarious.  He is so sarcastic and still has that vibe of "I am better than you".

Any scene that he talking to Thor is fun and engaging.  You really feel like they are brothers that love and hate each other at the same time.

One last thought about the movie is that there is a super heavy sci-fi feel.  Particularly a heavy "Star Wars" look to the Asgard design.  There is a battle sequence where it looks straight out of the "Star Wars" movies, down to the spaceship engine noise.  It's not terrible,but it is unexpected and a little odd.  Whether or not it is a bad thing depends on how much "Star Wars" you like in your "Thor" movies.

Overall, it is a solid movie.  I was "meh" to it at first, but upon second viewing, I liked it more.

3 out of 4 thunder claps

Friday, November 22, 2013

When I am supposed to be working 6

Here is another drawing that I did during my down time at work.  Sinestro from the Green Lantern comics is one of my all time favorite bad guys.  He is cold, he calculating, and he genuinely believes he is the good guy.

Notice how this is drawn in a blue and black pen. I did this picture over the course of a week while I am not attending to my work.  It features Sinestro and his Sinestro corpsmen standing in the background, and a couple of beaten Green Lanterns.

There is something really fun about drawing Sinestro.  It is partly because of his moustache, partly because of his giant forehead, and also because his costume is simple, yet cool looking.

There are a few issues I have with this picture.  I don't quite like how all of Sinestro's proportions turned out.  He should be lean and muscular, but I drew his wrists too thin.  Also, his henchmen in the back have odd looking faces.

I drew this using a blue and black ballpoint pen.

Monday, November 18, 2013

Adventure Time Art Submission: Abbey Road

(L to R) Marceline, Rocker Jake, Princess Bubblegum, BMO, and Finn
This is my other submission for the Adventure Time T Shirt contest over at We Love Fine. If you don't recognize it, it's the cast of the Adventure Time episode "What Was Missing" doing their impression of the Beatles' Abbey Road album cover.  I love this one because I am a huge Beatles fan and I get a huge kick out of Abbey Road homages.

This was done with a Papermate Flair pen.  The Papermate's medium size tip gives bolder lines for the characters and stuff in the foreground and a lighter, Staedtler Mars Graphic art pen with a .03 cm tip is for the smaller details in the background.

For reference, here is the original album cover.

And if you are curious, the episode is on Youtube.

Friday, November 15, 2013

The Creature from the Black Lagoon

I mentioned it before here that I love the Creature From the Black Lagoon.  He is a classic Universal Studios monster that has a fantastic visual.  He looks gross and bumpy, but you can't help but stare at him some more.

This was a challenge to draw for two reasons.  First, I had to figure a way to show his reptilian, bumpy skin texture.  I am glad that I took the time to draw the individual bumps despite it being very time consuming.  It turned out great!  My other obstacle was drawing action underwater.  It's very hard to make it look convincing.  For this, I consulted my "Aquaman" comics to see how motion is done.  It is always good to get reference material.  There is no shame in it!

For the picture, I used a G2 gel pen to draw some of the water lines and the basic figure.  Then I used every different pen width to get the texture of the Creature, including the Staedtler .01, .03, and .08 cm pens.  When drawing water bubbles, I utilized all the different pen size to get the extra depth in the bubble clouds.  I also used the Papermate Flair medium tip pen to darken the outlines of certain parts of the Creature's body like his  right hand.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Adventure Time Art Submission: Lemon Grab

Over in We Love Fine, there is a T shirt design contest based on Adventure Time characters.  This is one of my submissions.  
Lemon Grab is one of my favorite characters from the show.  He has a terribly shrill voice and he is always uptight and high strung.  And he has some really memorable one liners.  Costarring on the design is The Thing of the Fantastic Four.  I know that I said I will never draw the Thing again, but I had a fun time drawing him as a cartoon.
I drew this with a Papermate Flair medium size marker and a Staedtler Mars Graphic art pen with a .03 cm tip for the Thing's rock lines.

Monday, November 11, 2013

When I am supposed to be working...5

(L to R) Nova, Captain Marvel, Captain Universe
(Bottom) Smasher

I drew a the group of Avengers that may not be as well known in this picture.  And to top it off, I also drew it on some official work documents.  I hope that my supervisors read these posts.

In the middle of the picture is Captain Marvel, who is more or less like the Marvel Comics analog to Wonder Woman.  To her left is Nova, who is a space cop who can fly really fast.  Also, he has a bucket with a star on it for a helmet.  To Capt. Marvel's right is Captain Universe, who has near infinite powers and can literally do almost anything.  And finally, at the bottom is Smasher, who is a farm girl who found alien goggles and became a part of an alien guardsman group.  It's explanations like these is why I love comics so much.

As with any of my drawings that I do at work, it is drawn with a ballpoint pen.  And for those of you who ask why are my work drawings always in blue ink, well, it's work policy.  Really.

Friday, November 8, 2013


"By the bristling beard of Odin, what unearthly magic prevents Mioljnir from moving!?"

So I saw "Thor: The Dark World" yesterday night.  I will probably draw about my feelings regarding the movie.  Anyways, in the meantime, here is Loki playing a trick on his half-brother, Thor.  If you can't tell, Loki is holding a bottle of glue and Thor is...well you can guess what happened to Thor.

I like this picture, but I wished that I made the bottle of glue more prominent.  Maybe if I have spare time, I will redraw it again.

It is done with the Papermate Flair medium tipped pen with the Staedtler art pen for tiny details.

Here is the original sketch that I posted a few weeks ago.

I have all the essentials for an artist on my desk here, including: a pencil, sketch paper, a jury duty summons, and canned salmon.

Wednesday, November 6, 2013


One of my favorite comic book runs in recent years was Geoff Johns' Green Lantern. If nothing else, there was incredible universe-building and a myriad of new characters, including Larfleeze.  Larfleeze is-for a lack of a better term-a powerful, greedy alien bastard.  That is really his whole schtick, but it is one that is really funny.

I used a G2 pen and a .01 and .03 cm Staedtler art pen for Larfleeze.  For the black backgrounds, I used a fat tip Sharpie marker.

Monday, November 4, 2013


I love Halloween.  My normal Halloween tradition is to watch and rewatch old horror movies from the 80's.  I also have a huge love for the original Universal movie monsters, especially Frankenstein, the Creature from the Black Lagoon, and the Mummy.

Frankenstein and the Bride of Frankenstein is drawn in mostly a G2 gel pen and then huge parts of it were blacked out with a fat tip Sharpie pen.

I like my version of Frankenstein (or Frankenstein's monster for sticklers), where he has gross looking scars without looking too grotesque.  The Bride of Frankenstein's hair was me just doing squiggly lines so I can get that curly, messy look.  I am a little disappointed by the Bride's face.  I wanted her to have that wide-eyed look, but I drew her with the expression of " I can't believe you left the dirty dishes in the sink again!"  I guess you could read her face as if her and Frankenstein have marital problems.

Friday, November 1, 2013

Future Foundation

(Top) Mister Fantastic
(Middle) Spider-Man
(L to R) Invisible Woman and the Thing
Once upon a time, the Human Torch of the Fantastic Four was killed and the team reformed into the Future Foundation.  The big change was that Spider-Man replaced the Human Torch and they all got new, snazzy white costumes instead of their traditional black and blue ones.  Nowadays, the Torch turned out not to be dead (because, y'know, comics...), they called themselves the Fantastic Four again, and Spider-Man left the team, but they still kept the awesome white suits.  I personally hope this is a permanent costume change for the team.

I am a fan of using Gestalt-like images in pictures.  Gestalt is when u only have a part of a picture drawn, so it allows your brain to fill in the rest.  It's also simple looking, but also challenging to coordinate the lines and figures' placements.

Another thing about the Fantastic Four is that I will probably not show a lot of pictures with them here for one simple reason:  I HATE DRAWING THE THING.  I cannot ever draw him well.  I can't find a way to make him look rocky, but still human looking. I especially can never get his face right. One day I will figure it out, but until then, take a good long look at Ben Grimm, because you won't see too much of him in these parts.

The picture was drawn with a G2 gel pen, a .03 cm tipped Millennium art pen (for fine details), and a fat tip Sharpie marker (for the big, black areas).