Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Wonder Woman

Hey whoo, it's Wonder Woman. If you are among the many people like me who saw Batman v Superman, you realize that Wonder Woman's inclusion is probably the only ray of joy that permeates through an otherwise dark and dreary film. I will give credit where credit is due, the way they set up Wonder Woman's character is interesting, mysterious, and-most importantly-leaving me with wanting to see her more. The other plus about Wonder Woman is their spot-on costume of her's. I am glad to see her red, gold, and blue look be translated fairly faithfully from the comics. The biggest difference is that she is wearing a Roman-style battle skirt rather than a bikini bottom, which if you have been reading the Justice League comic, you would know is becoming her standard comic book costume anyways.

One thing that I tried to do is give the figure of Wonder Woman a  Frank Miller vibe, hence the more angular edges and wavy hair. Incidentally, I prefer Wonder Woman with wavy or curly hair because it differentiates her more from all of the other super heroines who typically have long, straight hair. Another detail that I make a conscious choice of drawing for Wonder Woman is a long, sharp nose. Mostly because she is Greek, but also because it makes her look more warrior tough, as opposed to Wonder Woman having  a cute button nose.

Thursday, May 26, 2016


Now here is a picture that I am proud of! This where I let the inks take control of the picture. I have always been conservative with the blacks of my pictures in the past. Now I am letting more and more blacks into the picture and letting them construct the figure and the setting more. It is a tricky and risky thing to do, but if it executed well, then it makes the whole thing look beautiful.

Tarzan gave me a challenge. Not necessarily because of his figure, he is easy, but because of the trees and the bushes. The bushes had to look textured and wild enough to imply the leaves. That means that the inks are not always perfect. Sometimes they are spotty, to give it the haggard look, implying that the lighting is not perfect. You can see that at the top of the tree above Tarzan's head.

Monday, May 23, 2016

The Dark Knight Returns

I read on another artist's blog that it is important to teach yourself to draw the backgrounds and vehicles to the point where you actually enjoy drawing it. I am certainly trying to take that advice to heart. While I am not at that level of being comfortable drawing the building tops, I am getting more used to it.

However, I still hate drawing buildings. I drew the picture of Batman versus Two-Face, a scene that is depicted from first issue of The Dark Knight Returns graphic novel, a few weeks ago. But I just left it there uncompleted. I only recently went back to finish off the whole thing and draw in the buildings.

Still, it helps that I decided to make the buildings blacked out to keep the light source from a consistent direction. The biggest tip that I could give about drawing the city scape is make sure your light source is always consistent and-most importantly- keep the perspective lines straight. That is the biggest one and hardest rule to keep when drawing buildings, to make sure your consistently drawing from the same perspective point. It sounds simple, but it is not.

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Spider-Man vs. the Green Goblin

When trying to attempt a line-free drawing, it helps to either have a character that is predominantly black or with a lot of details on their body so they do not blend into the whites of the background. Which brings me to Spider-Man. The webs on his body make him the perfect guy to draw with no outlines. The blacks on his legs and torso really fill in his shape and the webs on his arms and head fill him out without having too much black in the picture. Which, if you don't know, can look cumbersome and confusing.

The Green Goblin also has a lot of lines and textured shadows that give him an easy figure to draw without outlines. The smoke from his glider also looks great as a background. Has anybody ever noticed that drawing giant plumes of smoke look a lot better black and white than in color? It is because smoke is normally grey already and artists tend to represent the grey with a lot of crosshatching (as seen in this picture). Unfortunately, that crosshatching detail gets lost in when colors are applied to it.

Monday, May 16, 2016

Dr. Doom Inked

Here is the comparison of Dr. Doom after he is inked. Makes a big difference, no? I forgot if I have mentioned it before but the inking can really change the mood of a picture. Also, the darkness of the blacks make things blend together more which, changes how you look at the character too. Like Doom's hood. I said previously that Doom's hood should look really big to give the appearance that it is a black void with only his face sticking out.  Here, you can really see that his hood is pure black with about 2/3 of his face is visible. The blacks in the hood also can inform the contours of his head, like how it gives his temples some shape.

Friday, May 13, 2016

Dr. Doom Pencilled

Hello, Doctor Doom! I recently watched the terrible, much maligned Fantastic Four movie from last year. Yes, it is indeed quite a stinker. One of the worst things about the movie is Dr. Doom. It is hard to explain to somebody who does not read comic books why seeing this movie version of Dr. Doom is so sad. Dr. Doom in the comics is the ultimate villain. He is much feared and always spoken in hushed tones from every character, even heroes as important as Captain America. He is hyper-competent and always has a plan within a plan. However, in every movie version of Dr. Doom, he is generically evil and usually is given powers for some reason.

On to the picture itself, I always feel that Dr. Doom looks more regal and intimidating when he is wrapped in a big cape and a big hood that looks like it practically engulfs his face in shadows. I personally also like that his hood is so baggy, that it almost looks like a scarf. There is something about it that looks appealing to me.

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

The Punisher vs. Daredevil

Like I have been saying, I have been playing with the whole non-complete lines effect when drawing superheroes. It always looks way cooler when I don't complete the lines and let people connect the lines in their heads.

I am not sure why it has never come up sooner, but I had a lot of trouble drawing incomplete hands with the fingers. Especially if those fingers are not bunched up like a fist, for some reason.  Anyways, drawing the Punisher and Daredevil are excellent subjects to draw cuz of the Punisher's flat black outfit and Daredevil's outfit always had like a shiny gleam to it, making very conducive to deep shadows.

It wasn't my intention at first, but I initially gave Daredevil some Adam West-style Batman eyebrows on his mask. I wanted to make Daredevil look angry, but it made him look inquisitive. Anyways, I drew over it to cover up the eyebrows.

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Luke versus Darth Vader

It's May 4th! Happy Star Wars Day! Here is another example of me trying to let the blacks take over the picture in order to control the negative space of the composition. This time, I blacked out almost all of the background, mostly because it is appropriate to imply that the room is dark, but also because it allows the characters of Luke and Darth Vader pop off the picture a little more. However, in an effort to make Vader not blend into the background of the picture, he is coming out of a plum of smoke. Also, the smoke looks cool for dramatic effect.

No joke, I had a very deep and very serious thought process of where the fight scene is actually set. I initially conceived it to be in the Emperor's throne room of the Death Star from Return of the Jedi. But since I added some, I drew the floor grating like the carbonite chambers from The Empire Strikes Back. The whole scene is a is a mash-up of two different scenes that makes no sense in the continuity of the movies. It is best not to overly-think about where this scene is really suppose to fit in the grand scheme of the movies.

I also added the pencil version of the picture to give you  a good glimpse of how the inks really change the atmosphere of the picture. It makes a world of a difference. The other thing to note is that my pencils are usually super loose. I trust in the inking process of drawing. In fact, you can look at the figure of Luke and see that his figure is pretty rough compared to the inked version.

Monday, May 2, 2016

Aquaman, Part 2

This is a case where I really am glad that I inked this picture. The figure of Aquaman is much more clearer than in the pencilled version. In the pencilled version, his body was a little murkier and is harder to distinguish his body and the shadows of the ocean. Another thing that the inks show off more is the bubbles surrounding his face. In the pencilled version, the bubbles got kind of smudged together and hard to separate with one another. But since the bubbles are more distinguishable, it makes the picture more detailed.

In the previous post, I said that the wave shadows look better with a gradient, but I also said that crosshatching is not as good looking for something as fluid as water. However, I did crosshatching more or less. Well, I drew fine lines to with varying the thickness of lines with the water waves. It also helps that I used more brush strokes from a Copic marker which makes the underwater waves fluid.