Friday, May 29, 2015

MCU Cards: Thor

This Thor art card that I drew was because I had this great image in my head that I wanted to get out onto paper.  I usually don't draw Thor well, I am not sure why. Is it because of his beard and long hair?  Or is it the fact that I am trying to always think of new ways for him to hold his hammer?  I am not sure exactly, though I will admit that I have difficulty drawing his hand holding the hammer. Like, I always draw the forearm too short, so it looks like his wrist is very stubby.

However this picture came off really well because of his pose.  It is perfectly fitted for a small card's dimensions and you are still able to see a lot going on.  I also was quite pleased on how the lightning turned out.  It looks very bold, but quickly fades away from the hammer. My favorite part of this picture is Thor's outstretched left hand in the foreground.  I took great pains to make sure that his hand stands out from the rest of his body, but not so much where it looks discombobulated.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

MCU cards: Quicksilver, and Scarlet Witch

Who here has not seen Avengers: Age of Ultron yet?  If you are raising your hand then you are a liar.  Everybody's watched that movie!

All kidding aside, here are art cards I recently drew featuring the two new characters from the movie: Quicksilver (top) and Scarlet Witch (bottom).  My secret is that I love drawing speedsters like Quicksilver and the Flash.  I think that it has to do with how they are posed when running and also because it gives me an excuse to draw a lot of speed lines to imply the motion.  It always is fun to do that.  Scarlet Witch on the other hand, I have a bone to pick with. When I initially finished the piece, I thought that she looked great.  However upon closer inspection, I realized that her eyes are not lined up properly. It is not a huge enough of a problem to ruin the picture, but it does make it look not as great.  That is disappointing too, because I am happy with the rest of the picture, particularly her bent, right arm.  The foreshortening on that looks pretty good.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015


"Hello, I am Baymax.  Your personal healthcare provider.  How may I be of service to you?" In case you have not figured it out, Baymax is literally the easiest thing to draw that is not a smiley face or a stick figure.  He is so big and white and simple looking.  It is amazing!  In fact, the biggest challenge of this drawing was trying to show all of the different faces go from smiley to neutral to frowny and then to pained.  It was a lot of fun to figure that one out.

Friday, May 22, 2015

When I am supposed to be working...38

Here is a little doodle that I drew during class.  I like practicing drawing pretty girls with a lot of hair, but my weakness in art is making up fashionable looking clothes on the spot.  Like, I keep constantly forgetting that there are a billion different kinds of clothes out there.

Any case, I did this as my best representation of a fashionable hipster, complete with dark rim glasses. Funny side note, the left hand was originally drawn a lot shorter.  But since I used a pen to draw, I could not erase it, so I had to improvise.  I decided to black it out and make it look like like she is wearing black gloves.  Improvising!!

Wednesday, May 20, 2015


I was originally going to feature the Marceline card with some other post with other cards, but I just liked this one so much that I wanted to feature it by itself in full detail.

First off, the pose is super bendy but fun-looking too.  Also, the music notes and electric lines radiating off of her guitar make the picture look more frantic.  And the final capper is the song lyrics in the background.  You cannot read it but it basically says, "Marceline" and "Darkness, no parents!!",  The "darkness" line is from the Lego Movie where Batman writes his own music.  I found it to be appropriate for Marceline to sing about too.

Monday, May 18, 2015

Katara, Zuko, and Azula

Here are more art cards based on Avatar: The Last Airbender. In order from top to bottom is Katara, Azula, and Zuko.

Katara is the most challenging because I wanted her to look attractive, but still retain that youthful, kid look.  I also played around with her eyes a little bit too, so they don't look exactly how it is in show.  I do like her pose a lot.

Azula is probably on the easier characters from the show to draw.  She has a very good evil look to her that makes her so distinctive.  The most reference I used for Azula was getting her hair right.  In fact, I still don't quite understand how her hair works.

Zuko is a pose that I had a perfect idea in my head immediately.  I like how crazy action-packed it looks with all of these speed lines radiating off of his fire fist.

Friday, May 15, 2015

Toph and Sokka

What is that? Did you look at the title and think that this post was about Toph and Sokka from Avatar: The Last Airbender being in a picture as a couple?  Well you guessed wrong! If you want that kind of thing, then I suggest you go search for in on Tumblr!!

These are more art cards that I drew recently. Sokka being at the top and Toph being at the bottom.  Of the characters from Avatar, Toph is my favorite because of what a tomboy, unrefined attitude she has.  Also, she is blind and has a unique radar sense to "see"!  Like Daredevil!

Art-wise, the Toph card features some nice speed effects with the rocks in the foreground.  However, for both Sokka and Toph's card, the background has a bit to desire. I thought I was being clever using a .10 cm pen to make a faint background, but it just looks like an afterthought instead.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Princess Bubblegum and Ice King

I drew up some more Adventure Time art cards in anticipation of any future conventions I will be attending.  At the top is the Ice King with his penguin sidekick Gunter in hand.  At the bottom is Princess Bubblegum doing some science presumably.

I like the Ice King card because it is surprisingly dynamic-almost like a superhero pose with his hand out and everything.  Princess Bubblegum is a little hard to see.  I made the beaker the focus of the picture to make it look different from how the other cards look, but it really does obstruct her face.  Like, I mean, you can tell that it is P.B. but it covers the majority of her face.  I any case, I do like how the bubbly liquid inside the beaker turned out.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Lantern Corps

I have made it known on this blog a few times that I love Geoff John's Green Lantern comic run because of the sheer number of long lasting characters added to the Green Lantern mythos.

This piece here took some time to do.  I am quite proud of how the light rays shine off of the different characters' arms and bodies.  I also took great stride to make sure that each character look and are sorta posed in a different way.

The way light shines off of the leathery, slick look of the Lantern Corps' costumes was interesting.  For the black sections, like on the Green Lantern or Sinestro's costume, I had to use more cross hatching to give it that more "folded-fabric" look.  However, for somebody like Star Sapphire, her costume is practically metallic, so I had to put extra shine on her.

Friday, May 8, 2015

Legend of Korra 2

Here are more cards with Korra.  If you haven't quite figured it out yet, the cards are supposed to be Korra displaying her different bending powers; earth, air, water, and fire. Of all of the cards, I think I like earth the best.

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Chronova Character Study

This is just a bunch of sketches of Samantha Lombard, who is the main character of my comic project "Chronova". Sam is militia leader of the underground resistance that battles with a privatized government.

Sam is a deviation of my normal more "realistic" style.  I am trying something different by doing a more stripped-down, cartoon style that is similar to Bruce Timm's art. Sorry that it maybe hard to see on your monitor, but my scanner does not pic up on pencil well.

Monday, May 4, 2015

Chronova Head Shots

I am trying to see if I can get my own secret comic project "Chronova" off the ground.  These are various character designs from the comic. Allow me to go through each head shot one at a time.

From the top left to right, it's the main character Samantha Lombard, femme fatale Elesa White, and Vanessa Geary, the resident medic officer for the good guys.

From the bottom left to right is media mongul Kat Valencia, hapa Mica Tirado, and the chief antagonist of the story, Agent Knox.

Who are they? What does all of this mean?  It will be revealed in the next few months.