Monday, April 28, 2014

Elephant Sigil

Of all of the Animal Sigils, the elephant is the hardest one for me to crack.  I initially got the idea online from googling  "Elephant Logos".  I then drew this up as a quick sketch just to get a feel for an elephant's shape.  I was not happy with it because the eyes are too high up, the head shape looks like a weird ping pong paddle, and I felt that the trunks were too far away from the rest of the head.

Initial Sketch
What I did next was tighten up the head by making the tusk black and bringing everything closer together (eyes, ears, and trunk).  It looks a lot better, despite the fact that the head now resembles an upside down guitar and the eyes were crooked.  Notice the little notes that I drew for myself at the bottom.  The scan doesn't show them too well, but they are quickie sketches of how an African elephant's ears should look.

Second Sketch of Elephant Sigil

I redrew it for a third time. The shapes of the elephant came out a lot better than my previous attempts!  The ears are better connected to the head and the trunk looks more like an actual elephant's trunk.  I also changed the ear shapes and reversed the tusks' orientation to make it look more scientifically accurate.  I also decided to make the tusks its natural white color again. The eyes are also the more traditional ones, instead of my previous attempts at trying to create eye shadows.
Almost completed Third Sketch

Finally, I sent it to my friend and he made some minor adjustments to the head to give it a more scientifically accurate look for an Asian elephant.  Hence, the chiseled ears, modified trunk, and head bumps.

Final Elephant Sigil

Bear Sigil

Final Bear Sigil

Here is another addition to my Animal Sigils project, where the ultimate goal will be turning them into T-Shirts.

Sketch Bear Sigil

I made a number of minor changes to the bear.  First, I got rid of a couple extra white lines on it (like the outline of the bear's chin and his left paw).  I like the left paw on the Final Bear Sigil more because it shows more clearly what position the paw is in, unlike the Sketch Bear Sigil, where his left paw looks sorta crooked.  I also straightened out the line where the bear ends, thanks to Microsoft Paint.  And finally, I had the bear looking slightly towards the right side to make it look a little more visually interesting.

Friday, April 25, 2014

Giraffe SIgil

Final Giraffe Sigil

As previously mentioned, I am working on drawing up some animal logos to put onto T-shirts.  Here is the completed logo for the giraffe.  I did not change it all that much, but I did make the head tilt upwards to give it a slightly more interesting angle.

For comparisons' sake, here is the previous sketch of it.

Sketch Giraffe Sigil

Friday, April 18, 2014

College Comic 6

This is the first instance of me using my "serious" art style in a typically cartoony comic strip.  I love doing these types of strips because it allows me to draw stuff that I normally like to draw, which if you glance at the rest of my blog, you know that it is superhero stuff.

College Comics 4

This probably a comic that I drew to reflect what happened to me at the time.  Have you ever been walking down the street and a friend of yours drives by you and honks or yells out the window at you?  This seems more typical in a college town, where everyone you know is in a close 6 mile radius of you.

I was quite pleased that I was able to have coined the phrase "Drive-by greeting".

Thursday, April 17, 2014

When I am supposed to be working...10

While at work, I drew up a sketch of Hawkeye and the Black Widow.  I am relieved how the Black Widow's nose turned out.  I thought it was just gonna be this ugly black box on her face.  Also, I know that Hawkeye's bowstring is totally crooked.  That is what happens when I don't use a ruler.  My bad.

Incidentally, I am trying to get into the habit of drawing my characters with a cityscape as a backdrop.  I hate hate hate drawing buildings, but I need to practice drawing different varieties and shapes of them.

This is all done free hand; no rulers or any guidelines to help me other than what is on this page. I drew this with a blue pen.

Lion Sigil

Final Lion Sigil

Sketch of Lion Sigil

Just like my Fox Sigil, the Lion Sigil was a relatively easy one for me to make.  Actually, that is not necessarily true.  Once I figured what pose I wanted for my lion, it was easy to make.  At first I wanted the lion roaring.  And then I wanted a 30 degree angle face turn for the lion.  I then settled on the picture of a lion drinking water.  As I drew it, I dropped the tongue from the picture and just drew a regular lion.


As you can see in the comparison, the differences between the Final and the sketch are pretty miniscule.  I made the ears bigger and made the head more balanced within the mane.  I also elongated his face in the final one more.  For more of the Animal Sigil Sketches, just click here.

Penguin Sigil

Here is the final and by far, the easiest Animal Sigil for me to design.  I had an image in my head pretty quickly and drew it out with zero problems.  I did not even bother with a practice sketch!  I especially happy with how the face turned out.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Robocop Step by Step

While I know that drawing is not an easy task, I am always surprised to see how much prep work I needed to do.  Here is the step by step process of my Robocop commission.

Step 1: At first, I had to draw up a couple of poses for how both Robocops should look.  It was easy to get the 80's Robocop pose down easily.  But I had some trouble trying to figure out how to make him look natural.  Also, I drew out what the two Robocops looked like before starting on the actual picture.  After all, you need to practice the details of their figures before you see them in an action pose. I have already posted those pictures up, which you can see here and here.

Step 2:  I got the initial sketch down!  This is the fun part where I draw the action, but without going into boring details.  If you look at 2014 Robocop's bent leg, I drew a lot of scribbles.  The thought here is that I wasn't sure initially where his leg was going to go, so I figured I half draw it and figure it out as I added more details.

Note that ugly oil stain on the left side.  I don't know how it got there.  It looks ugly and unsightly now, but it won't be so bad when I finish the picture.

Step 3: I got most of the 80's Robocop done.  Notice that eighties Robocop's left arm is unfinished.  Upon closer look, you can see that instead of big lines of black on it, I drew in little tiny "x's" to indicate where I need to fill in with a black Sharpie later on.

Step 4:  Okay!! Now both Robocops are done!  The blacks are all filled in and I got all of the inking lines drawn in.

Interestingly, as I drew 2014 Robocop, I realize I might've made his figure a little bigger than 80's Robocop.  To fix that problem, I decided to draw his leg overlapping 80's Robocop's leg to give the illusion of depth and that 2014 Robocop is a little closer to the viewer.

Also, the gross looking oil streak is not as visible anymore.  Now I need to do a background.

Step 5:  Here is the final product.  For the background, I wanted to make it a little story going on in the back.  So you see 80's Robocop's police car with bullet holes in it, implying that 2014's Robocop shot at it.   Conversely, I also have 2014 Robocop's motorcycle laying in the back.

I drew in tons of debris and broken columns.  The idea here is that they are fighting in a parking garage and it demolished it in their battle.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Animal Sigils

A new project that I am working on is to make animal sigils to be put on some T-shirts.  I like the idea of Gestalt (as mentioned previously) and stripped down, simplified silhouettes.

From top to down: bear, lion, elephant, fox, and giraffe.  Of all of them, the fox and the giraffe are my favorite.  They are all hand drawn and then inked over with my Sharpie pen.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

College Comics 3

This is one of those rare instances where the strip is dated due to an old reference, in this case, mentioning "My Space".

However, this is pretty much how I still feel about MySpace and Facebook.  Actually, I take that back.  This strip is how I feel about people who overly use Facebook.

Randomly, I think that the joke in the first panel about how some guy buys a boat is hilarious.  I still chuckle to myself when I read it.

Monday, April 7, 2014

When I am supposed to be working....9

I was bored at church and I drew Shadowcat and Colossus in the Danger Room.  It is super sketchy and I wish that I had more space to draw, but I made due with what I had.

Of all of the things in the picture, I am happy with how the wall of spikes coming towards Colossus came out.  I drew it without the benefit with a ruler or any reference sketch lines.

The picture is drawn with a regular blue ballpoint pen, if you haven't figured it out.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014


As I said earlier, I am drawing up a commission for Robocop.  I posted a picture of the new Robocop, now here is the classic one from the 80's.

I realize while drawing this one, how much more easier it is, because his design is simpler and less busy angles and lines than the newer model.

Robocop was done with a Papermate Flair medium size pen for the lines, Sharpie fat marker for the blacks, and .01 cm tip pen for the tiny shadow lines and metallic glean.  I also tried to not totally draw his helmet to give it that cool gestal-esque quality.