Friday, April 29, 2016

When I am supposed to be working: Aquaman

Here is another exercise in seeing the pencil drawing first and then comparing it to the inked version of it. One of the biggest challenges when drawing Aquaman is the drawing him in water. Like, typically there would be a lot of lines drawn all over the place to simulate the waves inside of the ocean. That looks messy and ugly. The solution that I used when drawing this picture is to make the ocean have wavy blacks to simulate the underwater shadows.

I briefly talked about this in the Dr. Octopus post, but the pencils give the watery shadows effect a more textured look because the pencils allow me to control the gradient of it. When inking, crosshatching is supposed to replace the gradient, but that is not always an attractive looks in something like water, which should be clean and fluid looking.

Monday, April 25, 2016

Dr. Octopus, Part 2

Now that we have seen what it looks like when the picture is purely pencilled, now check it out after the inking job has been applied to it. It really makes a dramatic difference, no? The one obvious advantage I have in an inked piece is that it simply pops more. Everything looks bolder, more vibrant. There is also more of an opportunity to make the piece more realistic. For example, the tentacles have a more metallic shine to them which gives that sense of realism. That kind of detail could be not as apparent in a pencilled piece, where the fuzziness of the pencils has more of an impressionistic feeling to it.

On the flip side, inking also can allow me to make things look less realistic too. Looking at the underside shadowing of Dr. Octopus' trench coat, I decided to make it a flat black, even though, realistically the underside of the coat should still have gradients of shadows. However, I elected to make it flat black in order to give Dr. Octopus this slightly weird, otherworldly feeling-as if he is not totally human.

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Pencilled Dr. Octopus

Here is a slightly different format that I am trying out. I have pencilled a picture of Dr. Octopus and then the next post will show what he looks like inked. It really shows the differences that an inking process can have on the picture. But for now take a look at the pencil lines on Dr. Octopus.

For me, when I look at original comic art, I prefer the sketchy lines of a pencil drawing. There are a lot of shading and textured feel of penciled art that gets lost once it gets inked. A good example of textured feeling is the way the shadowed lines on Dr. Octopus' coat looks on this picture. The lines are so fine that they blend together better and appear like a gradient. Another detail that I would like to point out is the hands. The lines on the outline of his hands is so much more detailed and darker than the rest of his body. This really draws more attention to how his hands are posed in a  regal, aloof way. The dark lines emphasizes more character in the piece. This is the level of detail that a picture loses when it gets inked over.

Monday, April 18, 2016

Batman versus Superman

So Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice turned out to be a steaming hot pile of garbage. I won't get to into the reasons why because my main problems with the film lies in the spoilers. However, I will say that this feels less like Superman and Batman that I love from the comics and more of gloomy, overly-angsty guys who are vaguely out of their minds.

Anyways, enough about my personal feelings about the movie. If you are interested in my thoughts, you can see it here at this link. I am practicing drawing with more of shadows and minimizing outlines around their figures. This means that I utilize a lot more blacks in the picture in order to get the "negatives" outline of the figures