Monday, June 29, 2015

Old Kraken Con Commissions 2

Here is another round of my art commissions from Kraken Con.  I am not going to lie, but I don't recall the characters in these art pieces.  Well, that is not true, the top picture is a trading card of Harley Quinn.

I am not a fan of Harley's face.  It looks...too busy with too many lines.  It is weird to me. Also, I think that her jaw is too small.

Friday, June 26, 2015

Old Kraken Con Commissions 1

I was going through old pictures of old commissions that I did for Kraken Con and decided to post them because there is so much good stuff that I have never shown. From the top: Super Saiyan Goku, an octopus character who's name I don't recall on a boba drink, and Link and Zelda.

Super Saiyan Goku is the easiest character to draw.  He is all super muscly and anime, so he is really easy to draw for me. The octopus was easy too since it is more cartoony than an average drawing. Link and Zelda was another thing though.  I like drawing Link, but I kinda hate the way he is posed.  Like, I drew it and I don't even know what his arms are doing or how he is holding his sword.  I am also not a fan of how I drew Zelda. I think her right arm is weird and awkward and there is something about her face that I don't quite like.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015


Hey all.  I took a couple of weeks off and went on a vacation from blogging and other stuff.  So I recently reread the much talked about Spider-Man storyline "One More Day". And the verdict is... it is still awful.  Like, it doesn't even make sense from a story perspective.

Anyways, while the story is predictably crap, the art was pretty excellent. Artist Joe Quesada is usually really detailed and impressive.  So I was inspired to draw the villain from the story, Mephisto aka the literal devil.

The funnest part drawing Mephisto is his hair.  I am usually not a big fan of drawing hair because the lighting is really hard to capture sometimes.  However, I am doing a thing where I am cross-hatching the heck out of my drawings and it actually is a helpful exercise that forces me to think of where the light falls on a figure.  So his crazy hair is a really fun.

Monday, June 8, 2015

When I am supposed to be working....40

I really, really like this Aquaman!  I am always a huge fan of Geoff Johns' run on Aquaman back when the New 52 started.  One thing that I like about that comic is John's adherence to Aquaman's orange, scaly shirt.  It looks tacky and silly, but I think that if you are reading comics about dudes who talk to fish and carry around a trident in broad daylight, orange scales is not that crazy in retrospect.

I am really trying hard to do some more stuff with lighting and deep, deep shadows.  I feel like since I do stuff in black and white, I should emphasize the black of it more to give more substance. I am also playing around with a sun as a backlight.

I was very surprised how well it turned out. I am so happy that the crosshatching was consistent with the sun rays.

Friday, June 5, 2015

When I am supposed to be working...39

I did up this little sketch Zantanna, the resident, backwards-speaking magician on the Justice League. I have been thinking about her more lately since I started using her character in the fighting game Injustice: Gods Among Us.

I really like drawing Zantana because of the whole black on black top hat and coat ensemble.  It makes it more challenging to distinguish her different body parts when she wears almost all black.  That is why I opted to use white lines to show the different parts.  Also, I am still trying to show the glossy texture of her coat by using the shadowed lines.  I always think that it does not look at first, but when the picture is done, then it looks amazing (if I followed my light source correctly that is). If I had one regret, it is that I wish I had more room in this picture to draw her top hat in the left hand corner there.  You could kinda see it, but it is super hard to understand what it is if you are a person who has no concept of the character.

Wednesday, June 3, 2015


What is it about Elsa from Frozen that I find so fun to draw?  For starters, showing off her snow and ice powers is a lot of fun.  Secondly, I really enjoy drawing her hair.  Elsa has this weird slicked back look, which is unusual for a girl, unless you are Miley Cyrus apparently. So yeah.  I am just as surprised as you are how often I draw Elsa.

Monday, June 1, 2015

Zero Suit Samus

This is my first attempt at drawing Samus (from the Metroid Prime video games) in her zero suit look.  At first I thought I could do it from memory, but I guess it is a lot more complicated than that.  Still, it is a good exercise in trying to keep a woman's body in proportion.

I sketched the living heck out of this drawing at first.  When I initially drew her figure, I kept on thinking, "I could make her limbs longer! Longer!"  On paper, the longer the limbs (especially the legs), the sexier and more attractive looking your female looks.  It may not be reflective in real life, but that is the rule for drawing superhero-like females.