Thursday, July 30, 2015

Giant Size Man Thing

I bet you were relieved to find out that this isn't that giant size Man thing, huh?  Man Thing for your information is a monster character from Marvel comics who hangs out in the swamps and protects the  multiverse.  What?  Yes, the last part of the sentence is as true as it is random.  Of course, I know Man Thing best for having a phrase, "Anything that knows fear BURNS at the touch of the MAN THING!!"  As far as superhero phrases go, that one is pretty memorable.

I initially was drawing the Man Thing as a sketch but then I really got into drawing the shading and crosshatching of his mossy, pseudo-furry skin.  I have never drawn the Man Thing before, so it is a real treat that it turned out really well.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Old Avengers Commission

I said in my Avengers: Age of Ultron piece that I wished that I drew heavier outlines around each character so I can distinguish each person when showing the Avengers as a group.  I dug around my old files and I found an old commission piece that I did and it looks like I took my advice.

Notice the bold outlines around each character  so you can tell who is who and avoided everybody blending in together.

Monday, July 27, 2015

When I am supposed to be working....42

I drew the character of the video game Assassin's Creed. Minor disclaimer, I have not finished the first game yet, so I am still not 100% sure of the characters' names or settings or motives. I liked the finished, polished quality for my picture.  The bold, black line really makes the shadows on his face look richer and deeper.

If there is one quibble I have (which I always have at least one), it is that his feet are too big.  I have a  tendency to draw big feet, especially for characters wearing boots.  This is something that I am usually conscious of as an artist and I try to make sure that I adjust the foot size to make sure it is in proportion to the rest of the figure. However, as seen here, that is not always the case.

Friday, July 24, 2015

Avengers: Age of Ultron

I drew this picture a while back, but totally didn't realize that I have not featured it on this blog. I was inspired by that one scene in the beginning of Avengers: Age of Ultron where they all jumped into battle in slow motion.  It was a really cool image that stuck with me.  Incidentally, the biggest flaw of the picture was that I did not do enough of a job separating the different figures apart.  So Iron Man looks sort of like a  part of Captain America's bike and so on. It is not as clean of a picture as I would have liked.

Still, it is a really cool image and the speed lines I added really make the whole thing look dynamic.  Here is a screenshot of the scene from the movie for comparison.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Elsa Bloodstone

Elsa Bloodstone (not related at all to Elsa from Frozen) is a super obscure Marvel character who hunts monsters.  Here is a rare case of me using all pencils to draw a picture.  I you cannot tell from my other pictures, I love crosshatching! Actually I tried to do something a little bit different and crosshatch just the monsters in the background and keep Elsa relatively crosshatch free in order to make her stand out more.

One problem I ran into while drawing the monsters in the background was that they all had to be crosshatched on a crazy level. This was a challenge, especially for the monsters with scales on them.  That means that I would individually crosshatch each scale and then do an overall crosshatch of their entire face to match the lighting.

Friday, July 17, 2015

Ant Man

Aw yeah, Ant Man!  Who is excited to see the new Ant Man movie that just came out? Well I am!  Ant Man is a fun character to draw, but one thing I hate is the costume lines!  The movie version of the costume is so busy looking with all of these lines and random bits of metal on him!  It took me a while just to get started because I am staring at pictures of his costume.

I also started a new experiment of using a thicker black pen (Sharpie Ultra Fine point maker) to draw.  It is different because you lose the ability to get the fine details.  However, the trade off is that you get an excellent, bold black line that really defines the figure better.  Fortunately, I also was able to use smaller pen sizes to capture the fine-line crosshatching.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

When I am supposed to be working...41

Here is something I whipped together when I got bored.  A picture of the King of the Monsters himself: Godzilla.  I have always had a soft spot for Godzilla, but I have always thought he was difficult to draw.  For one thing, he doesn't look like a typical lizard or dinosaur.  The other thing is that he has very human-like eyes and expressions that a normal animal would not have.

Honestly, this just started out with me just doing random doodles and squiggly lines and then it started turning into an actual drawing.  I am quite satisfied with how he turned out.

Monday, July 13, 2015

Old Kraken Con Commissions 6

Sorry.  I was out for a bit because I took a mini vacation to Comic Con International 2015.  In short, the place was amazing and all of the sights made it a sensory overload for geeks. In any case, here are some more old commissions that I drew for Kraken Con this past year. Enjoy!

Monday, July 6, 2015

Old Kraken Con Commissions 5

Gah. So the first drawing that I did was a weird request from a person.  He specifically asked for me to draw on his "Magic: the Gathering" card and extend the picture out over the entire card.  I had to repeatedly ask the person what it is they wanted because I had a hard time wrapping my head around the idea that I can draw on somebody's property.  It was a huge challenge because I never done a request like that before.  Secondly, my pens and markers don't really match the painted quality of the picture. So I ended up drawing lines over it so it can match the black lines that I am drawing on the rest of the card.  Overall, it was a very interesting experiment.

Friday, July 3, 2015

Old Kraken Con Commissions 4

More Kraken Con sketches!  The second one may be my favorite one because the request was "Godzilla as a maid".  It is hilarious and Godzilla's expression cracks me up every time I look at it.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Old Kraken Con Commissions 3

Here is another round of Kraken Con drawings.  I liked these drawings a lot.  The first picture is a butt of Robin, because...of course it is.  The second and third drawings were based on characters that some people created and asked me to draw my version of it. It is both liberating and intimidating drawing another person's creation because you don't want to stray too far away, but at the same time, you want the piece to be distinctly your own.