Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Long Beach Comic Con Commissions: Aliens versus Predator Redux

As a follow up to the previous post, I ended up drawing a commission for one of my customers that I had to do at home and mail it out. As a little thank you for waiting so long, I drew a little bonus picture of Aliens versus Predator on the back of the mailing envelope.

This was a quickie picture, so I did not even bother using a pencil.  Hence, that is why you see lines all over the place. Funny anecdote: the reason why the Xenomorph Alien's head looks really sloppy is because I used an older, dried Sharpie marker to color in the blacks because I was afraid that a newer marker might bleed on the picture inside the envelope. Other than that, look at the Predator's left hand grabbing the Alien!! It looks awesome!!!

Monday, September 28, 2015

Long Beach Comic Con Commissions: Aliens versus Predator

Ah, yes.  Alien versus Predator!  Now that is a concept that I can get behind!! I love drawing both of them and I think that my enthusiasm really comes out on the page.

The truth is: I took a longer time on this commission than normal.  I think I clocked in at drawing this for over an hour and you can see the details shine through, such as the Alien's arm. The funny thing is that I actually shortchanged this picture and meant to draw more. So for example, I didn't have enough time to draw the Alien's tail. Nor did I completely draw the Predator's right leg, right arm, and all of the netting on his body.  Fortunately, there are shortcuts so the picture did not look incomplete.  Like, I half drew the Predator's right leg and then filled it in with speed lines. Or I made the netting ripped off half his body to hide the fact that I didn't feel like drawing that anymore.  Sometimes, the shortcuts actually improves the picture!

Friday, September 25, 2015

Long Beach Comic Con Commissions: Mirage and Cliffjumper

I am not going to lie. I am not a fan of this commission that I did.  I initially thought it would be an easy drawing because I had to draw the Generation 1 Transformers versions of Mirage and Cliffjumper (as opposed to the infinitely more busy looking Michael Bay movie versions).  However, it turned out super difficult because I realized that I am not familiar enough with the character designs to proficiently draw them. Also, I hate drawing all of these straight lines and moving the ruler all over the place to draw them.  Lastly, the picture looks so plain and empty in comparison to the other commissions that I did. I actually meant to have the words "BFF's Forever!!" at the bottom of the page, but I completely forgot to draw it. Perhaps one day, I will be more comfortable drawing  Transformers.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Long Beach Comic Con Commissions: Mandalorian Soldier

Here is a commission that is based on no established character. This is a specific request where a costumer asked for me to draw his custom Mandalorian soldier character from the video game Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic. He sent me different pictures that showcased his different body parts. The challenge of the piece was drawing all of the different references and putting them together into one drawing.

While I am used to drawing Boba Fett and his unique Mandalorian armor, but with this picture I tried something different by inking the texture of the suit differently to give it more of that rough-and-tumble texture.  Instead of inking in straight lines, I inked it by drawing squiggly lines and circles.  You can see it in the left shin guard. My favorite part of the picture is the squinty eyes I gave him.  In the past, I used to just draw the eyes on every character, but recently I have been playing with the shadows more. Hence, I did not actually draw any eyes, but it comes across as a shadowed area of his face.

Monday, September 21, 2015

Long Beach Comic Con Commissions: Agent Coulson

Another commission that I did at the Long Beach Comic Con was of Phil Coulson, Agent of SHIELD!  As like most fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, I am a fan of Agent Coulson and his confident and nonchalant swagger.

The biggest plus of the picture is that I nailed his likeness pretty well.  Like, I would say 85% of the likeness is of Coulson, which is a pretty good ratio given how much I despise drawing likenesses.  If I had more time, I would try to make Coulson's eyes smaller. However, his square head shape and high forehead is perfect.  Speaking of time, I think this commission took me a little over 30 minutes, which is light speed for me.  If it looks slightly rushed, that is because it was my very last commission for the convention and I was working up until the very last minute before the convention closed.

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Long Beach Comic Con Commissions: Deadpool and Domino

Another Long Beach Comic Con Commission I drew features Deadpool and Domino back-to-back against the entire world.  I loooovvveee the way the picture turned out.  The biggest reason is because I took way longer drawing this than an average commission (about 2.5 hours) as opposed to 45 minutes of an average commission.

The angle of the picture is interesting because it is a downward angle, so drawing Deadpool and Domino at a slight bird-eyes view.  This includes foreshortening their legs and featuring the tops of the heads more. Additionally, I made sure that Domino's black costume did not bleed into itself by drawing white lines around the bends of her joints, wherever her body crosses with itself, and when it is touching Deadpool.

The pens I used were a Papermate flair medium size marker (the standard pen I use for a commission), a .01 cm art pen for the small feathering details, a .03 cm pen, a Sharpie marker for the heavy black shadows, and a White Out pen for that gun smoke effect (made better by some slight smearing by my fingers).

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Long Beach Comic Con Commissions: The Red Hood and Johnny Cage

Hey all.  It has been a while since I posted. That is my mistake.  I have been preoccupied with life lately.  However, I just recently did a convention at the Long Beach Comic Con.  All in all, I had a great experience. I met a lot of people and made a lot of great art.

Here is a commission from one customer who requested the always bad-ass Red Hood (a.k.a. the bad Robin).  I was really happy with this card because I wasn't sure if the of him pointing his gun at the camera would look good. But it turned out fantastic! It really helped that I drew a thin white line around the barrel of the gun to help distinguish it from his black pants.

The other commission I drew was Johnny Cage from Mortal Kombat doing his infamous split leg, groin punch. I was just meh with the way Johnny Cage turned out.  He just looks too generic for me.  But, to be fair, he is a very generic-looking character to begin with.  I also made it a point to really emphasize somebody getting punched in the nuts.  That part of the picture makes me happy.