Thursday, October 29, 2015

Art Cards: Toph

Toph may possibly be my favorite character from Avatar: The Last Airbender. She acts like such a non-stereotypical girl with no love interest.  That is actually surprisingly rare.

One thing that I like is her ridiculously huge evil smile that she has sometimes. Normally, when I draw a person smiling, I draw white, implying teeth in their mouth. But for Toph, I decided to draw more lines in her teeth to make her look more...evil? Sure, lets go with evil.

Something that I am afraid of doing is drawing excessive lines on characters' faces to imply a heavy light source underneath their face.  A lot of times, when I try to draw the lines, it just comes off as messy.  But here, it looks pretty good. A bummer about the picture is that I would typically have her eyes looking downward at her actions. However, I chose to make her look straight since she is blind and wouldn't look in different directions often.  I think the effect of her looking straight is odd-looking.

Thursday, October 22, 2015

When I am supposed to be working: The Flash

I think I mentioned it before, but I enjoy drawing the Flash for two reasons: I enjoy thinking of new running poses and I like drawing speed lines.  Also, there is a simplicity to his costume design that I find appealing.

For the record, my favorite Flash is Wally West, the second one (or third depending on how you look at it).  His costume design is a little more speedy thanks to the V-shape of his lightning belt and the shiny feel.

There is not much to say about this picture other than I cannot stress the importance of drawing speed lines in at varying levels of heaviness.  For example, the lines on the ground that are closest to the camera should be the thickest because it implies a blur.

Monday, October 19, 2015

Adventure Time Card: Flame Princess

One thing that I really appreciate about Adventure Time's character designs is that they really went out of their way to make different, unique body types for their characters.  The best example is that Flame Princess has a cute, petite body.  However, she is also a little big-boned, especially when you compare her to Marceline or something.

I liked drawing Flame Princess. Her fire hair makes it fun.  My background is sorta lacking.  It is supposed to be Flame Princess' realm, but I think that the figure is a little too big, so you don't get much of a sense of the background. I looked up the fire realm for reference and it has these beautiful mesas and rock formations in its design. However, you can barely see it here. Well, maybe next time....

Saturday, October 17, 2015

Adventure Time Cards: Marceline

While she is not my favorite character, I love drawing Marceline.  That punk rock part of her personality offers a lot of potential ways to showcase her in a super dynamic way.  I did it for this card, just as I did it for my previous card with her. 

Just like in the previous card, I have song lyrics filling up the background.  This time (if you look carefully) it is the lyrics to the Beatles' Helter Skelter.

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Adventure Time Cards: Lumpy Space Princess

This was a super easy card to do.  Lumpy Space Princess! Who doesn't love her surly, teen attitude!  Do you remember that episode where she ran away from home and lived with wolves briefly?  I do.  I thought it would be funny to draw her in a totally different scenario.

The star on her forehead proves why it is important to draw a pre-visualized version first in pencil. The star is slightly crooked on the right tip.  Now I cannot stop staring at it.

Monday, October 12, 2015

MCU Cards: Captain America and Ultron

When I went to Long Beach Comic Con last month, I actually sold a ton of art cards there.  Like, more than any other show that I have done in the past.  This, of course, leaves me to refill my inventory of cards. Both of these cards are from the Avengers: Age of Ultron movie that came out this past summer.

I really liked Captain America's latest outfit in the movie.  It definitely looks like they took the best parts of the previous movies' costumes and combined them into this one. With this card and Ultron's card, I started using a thicker Flair marker to draw with. While I like the black boldness of the lines, I don't know if it is appropriate for drawing on a tinier trading card. Like, it may make the character stand out a little too much on the background. And it also makes the figure look strangely flatter...if that makes any sense.  Random, but I feel obliged to talk about the blacked-out mid-torso of Captain America.  This is a new thing that I am trying, to simulate the shadows and imply that it is bent over a little.

Ultra's card is something that I am not a fan of.  The biggest problem is that I simply drew him off model.  Like, I am not a fan of drawing robots or mechanical looking things because they have an overwhelming amount of detail that it is easy to forget things.  It is a real challenge to strip it down to make it a little easier to draw, but still detailed enough to look cool. So, yeah. I am not a fan of the way I drew Ultron. It only vaguely looks like Ultron. One day, I will try to redraw him in a more on-model look.

Saturday, October 10, 2015

When I am supposed to be working: Gambit

Here we all are, at another edition of "When I am supposed to be working" or also known as: "I hope my bosses don't see this post".  I realize that Gambit is an X-Men member who is very divisive. People either hate him or love him.  I am personally indifferent to him.  I mean his powers of blowing stuff up by touching it, his trench coat, and name all scream 90's era comics, but whatever.  He has never been offensive to me.  Except for maybe his accent, which is difficult to read in a comic.

On a technical artistic level, my favorite male body type to draw is the lithe, muscular type, like the what Spider-Man, Nightwing, and (or course) Gambit possess.  It is nice to draw a skinnier, more realistic proportion without sacrificing the cool, over the top superhero physique.

The only qualm I have with this drawing is that the shadow underneath Gambit looks really weird.  I think the placement is not in-line with wherever the light source is.

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Long Beach Comic Con Commissions: Greg

Confession time: despite this drawing, I don't know who Greg from the show Over the Garden Wall is. I see him and cosplay of him all of the time at comic conventions, but I have no concept of who he is or what the show is about.

Still, drawing him was super easy since he has such a simple design.  And who doesn't love that kid's face? Or a kid with a pot on his head? Or the random fact that he has a frog. The weakest part of the picture is the frog's lips.  I mucked up a little and made the lips jagged when I meant for it to be one smooth line.  For my final touch, I drew outlines of some trees and leaves in the background. Once again, I don't know if that fits with the character of Greg or the tone of the show, but it looked like it might according to the pictures that I Googled for reference.  Anybody want to vouch for me on whether I was spot-on or off-track? Anybody?

Monday, October 5, 2015

Long Beach Comic Con Commissions: Rainbow Dash and Cubone

While I am not a fan of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic show, I never seem to escape a convention without at least one request for it. This is a mash-up of Rainbow Dash and Cubone from Pokemon (a.k.a. the coolest designed Pokemon).

I originally thought of making the drawing like the Nyan Cat with a  rainbow streak behind him, but I decided that it would too difficult.  I did end up with a  drawing that is still hilarious to look at.  My only gripe about it is that I misdrew Cubone's bone stick.  It looks like that it is half-broken or a boomerang or something. If I had to redo it, that is the one thing I would want changed.  Otherwise, the pose that Cubone is in is hilarious looking, like he is ready to charge into battle with Rainbow Dash as his steed.