Friday, January 31, 2014

When I am supposed to be working 9


I drew this while "working" recently.  I was inspired by the recent Superior Spider-Man  story line where a Spider-Man from the future comes to the present time and (naturally) fights the current Spider-Man (who is not Peter Parker, but actually Doctor Octopus).

Since I was at work, this was drawn with a ball pen (you could see some of the sketch lines still) and a black Crayola marker.

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Amazing Spider-Man Returns


In comic book news, Peter Parker is returning as Spider-Man in April.  For the past year, long time arch nemesis Doctor Octopus took over Spidey's brain and had adventures as the self-named "Superior Spider-Man".

As much as I love Peter Parker, I feel like his return is still too soon.  It was only a little over a year with Doc Ock as Spider-Man, I feel like to make it more "permanent", that should be the status quo longer.

Still, I am happy to see Peter Parker again, since he is such a great, fun character.

The Spider-Man was done in a Papermate medium size Flair pen, including all of the shading.  The city landscape is done with a G2 gel pen.  As I have said before, I personally hate drawing buildings because it is surprisingly difficult to follow the perspective lines.  If you look closely, my buildings are not perfectly aligned with perspective, but as a whole it looks good.

Monday, January 27, 2014

Simon Baz: Green Lantern


In my current reading list, I read Green Lantern: The End, which introduces new Muslim Green Lantern Simon Baz.

It also is the very last story line that Geoff Johns wrote.  Normally that is not a big deal if a comic leaves, since they change hands all the time, but Johns is special in that he took the Green Lantern comic and transformed it into a top tier franchise that inspired multiple comic book spin offs, a toy line, a cartoon show, and even a live action movie.

While I am a huge fan of Johns' Green Lantern run, Green Lantern: The End was really bogged down by stupid crossovers.  So despite the fact that the hardcover collection supposedly has a complete story, it really only contains part of the story.  If I wanted to read the rest of the story, then I need to get the other hardcover collections (which I am not interested in).

I did like Simon Baz though.  He is a good character on his own, but so far, no other comic has used him yet.  That is a shame, because otherwise he is just going to fade into obscurity.

I drew Simon Baz with a medium size Papermate Flair pen.  The details and shading are drawn with a .01 and .03 cm width pen. The shiny light lines are drawn with a variety of pen sizes to make it look more frantic and random.  It was also drawn with a Sharpie marker.  Finally, those weird aliens in the background are the villainous Third Army.  They are drawn with just a .01 cm pen to make them lighter and not have their details overwhelm Baz's figure in the foreground.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Movie Madness!!! 8

"No matter what happens, stay who you are.  Not just a soldier, but a good man."

This post of Movie Madness is a bit tougher to get.  But, if you are a fan like I am, you would recognize it is a scene from "Captain America: The First Avenger" (2011).

Actually, behind "Iron Man", the Captain America movie is actually my favorite of the Avengers solo movies.  But to be fair, that is like asking me which one is my favorite child.  There is something powerful and refreshing to see Captain America, or Steve Rogers in this scene, be a hero who is unconditionally heroic and good-hearted.  It's exactly the kind of hero in a time where everybody else is a cynical anti-hero.

As with all Movie Madness posts, it is done exclusively with a fat tip Sharpie pen with a dried up Sharpie for the grey areas.

Friday, January 17, 2014

"Man of Steel" and "The Wolverine Blu Ray Covers

My parents gave me an interesting gift this past Christmas.  They bought "Man of Steel" and "The Wolverine" on Blu Ray despite the fact that they don't own a Blu Ray player.  Since I do, they gave me the Blu Ray discs for the movies, while they kept the DVD discs for their DVD player.
"Hm.  No, this won't do.  This won't do at all..."

Now I am stuck with two movies with no covers for them.  So I decided to draw some covers and slip those in the jewel cases.

"Ah...that's more like it!"
I drew these up, I measured the jewel cases and I cut them out.  Not too bad!

I went for a circle theme in the background of each cover.  So for "Man of Steel", it's Krypton exploding behind Superman and General Zod has his mother ship behind him.  For "The Wolverine", that was easy, I drew the dark circle to represent the Japanese flag, since the majority of the movie takes place in Japan.

Monday, January 13, 2014

Shazam and His Hair Style


Oh Shazam, or as some purist call him still, the original Captain Marvel.  When ten year old kid Billy Baston says the magic words "Shazam!" he turns into an adult with the strength of Superman.  His arch nemesis is Black Adam, who has the exact same powers as him.

Most people who aren't comic fans simply refer to him as Shazam.  But little known fact, the comics didn't call him that officially until last year.  Until that time, he was always called Captain Marvel.

As far as the picture goes, I really liked the way I drew the lightning in the background.  That came out really well with just using a Sharpie.

Another thing that I tried to do was have Shazam's hair look more scragglier than Superman's hair, which is normally more clean cut.  Oddly enough, when I looked at some comics for reference, they all had his hair slicked back, which I thought that was weird since he is a kid, so he should have a more casual look, which is in in contrast to Black Adam's slick back, super serious, adult haircut.

Friday, January 10, 2014

Jurassic Park Raptors


Here is the Raptors drawing from my previous post.  The funny thing about my raptors is that despite the fact that I used a lot of visual references, I still did not draw them scientifically accurate.  These raptors' feet, hands, and arms are all wrong.  One day, I will try more accurate portrayal of raptors.

This is done with a G2 gel pen, then a Flair medium size pen for the heavy outlines.  Then I  drew the grass with a .08 cm and .03 cm pen to make it look varied. The random squiggles on the dinosaurs' arms are done with a .01 cm pen.  It helps simulate the leathery texture on their lizard hide.

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Random Thoughts on "Jurassic Park 3"

A few weeks ago, I rewatched "Jurassic Park 3". To put it bluntly, it is not a very great movie. There is nothing terribly wrong with it, but it is just so mediocre, especially when compared to the first "Jurassic Park". Gone is most of the subtext and themes about man creating things that are not meant to be made. Gone is the talk about natural entropy and chaos theory. In place of that is a scary movie about people running away from big monsters.


One of the problems with the movie is that they replaced the T-Rex as the "main bad guy" with a Spinosaurus.  To be fair, Spinosaurus' are way bigger and more intimidating than a T-Rex.  However, there is a part where the two dinosaurs battle it out and the Spinosuarus trounces the T-Rex.  This just makes it feel like a big "F you" to the fans who followed the Tyrannasarus through the previous two "Jurassic Park" movies.


Oh and the human characters are pretty ridiculous too.  It  is a pretty boring story of a divorced couple trying to find their lost son.  And the dialogue is....very silly.


The other "main villain" dinosaur in the movie is pteronadons.  It's pretty obvious that they put them in as a way to have dinosaurs chase humans in a visually different way from the previous movies.  But these guys were pretty cool.  I especially liked the beginning of the scene when the humans discover they walked into a giant aviary.

Weirdly enough, the pteronadons are treated as bad guys for most of the movie and then at the very end they are seen escaping Jurassic Park and nobody seems to think that is a bad idea.  Like, the humans don't care that these huge creatures can potentially attack nearby human cities?  Are the human survivors so exhausted that they no longer care what happens to the dinosaurs?  And that is the very last scene in the movie, so we never get an explanation.

Overall, I will give this movie: two and a half raptor packs.  It's not very great, but I have a nostalgic soft spot for it since it is one of the first movies I have ever seen in theaters.  Now bring on "Jurassic World"!!

Monday, January 6, 2014

Joker


So I finally read the much hyped Batman comic storyline "Death of a Family".  It's....okay.  I think that my main problem is that it relies on the fact that the Joker took a taking a relatively short amount of time to think up and implement these different, elaborate plans to mess with Batman's head.  On top of that, he also came up with different plans to take down Batman's partners: Robin, Red Robin, Nightwing, the Red Hood, and Batgirl, which is really stretching the the level of credibility that the Joker managed all of this in one night.  It makes the Joker seem like he is everywhere at the same time and kinda makes Batman look like a dumb dumb for not noticing that the Joker was planning all of this.  Like, he really didn't realize that the Joker took over Arkham Asylum for weeks now!?  Does Batman not keep close tabs on that place?

My other issue with the storyline is that the Joker is just so needlessly gross and demented, so his plans are likewise.  Like, the Joker killed a bunch of dudes, sewed them together, strung them up to a wall, and then painted a picture of him and Batman on their dead corpses. That is really disgusting and just downright weird.  Or the Joker makes a little book made up of dead bat skin.  I supposed I should've seen this coming.  After all, the premise of the story is that the Joker had somebody flay his own face off and now he has it strapped on with a leather belt.

I prefer the Joker that is demented, but still fun.  Like, he would kill you, but he would also do random, small stuff like steal a kid's report card just to ruin his day.

This is awesome.

Anyhoot, this Joker picture is done with a G2 gel pen and then I meticulously added details like more stretch marks to his face (gag) using a .03 cm tip pen.  Afterwards, I outlined parts of him, such as his hands, using a Papermate Flair medium tipped marker. And finally, I colored the background behind him black using a Sharpie pen.  I also used a Sharpie to color in giant areas of black in his hair.  I then got the hair texture by drawing little texture lines at the edge of the black areas with the G2 gel pen.  Of all things, I quite like the way his hair turned out.

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Wolverine Sketch


I drew this quick sketch of Wolverine over my Christmas break. By quick, I mean like a good hour drawing this versus drawing for a couple of hours.

Notice how my sketch lines do not line up perfectly with my thicker drawn lines (especially Wolverine's hands). This happens all the time when I draw.  I sketch out something and midway through inking the sketch I realize that I don't like the placement of a body part, or that the proportions were off, or that I found a way to draw it better.  This is the case for every artist with almost every drawing they do.

Wolverine is drawn initially with a G2 gel pen, then traced over with a Papermate Flair pen.  The shadow lines and cross hatching is done with a .03 and .01 cm pen.