Monday, June 27, 2016

Eagle Con 2016: Rarity and Spike

I am not going to lie, despite me never watching My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, it never fails that I go to a comic convention without at least one My Little Pony commission being asked. To put that into perspective, I rarely hear a request for Spider-Man, Captain America, Superman, and never for the Hulk. However, My Little Pony is consistently being requested of me. That just shows how ubiquitous bronies are.

I had to look up some Google reference for Rarity and Spike to draw the picture. At first I googled "Rarity Spike ship" and whoooo-boy did I see some images that I will never unsee. I mean I know people love these characters together, but some of the stuff on the internet is quite....graphic? Exploitative? Inappropriate? Odd? Yeah, lets just say odd and move on.

Friday, June 24, 2016

Eagle Con 2016: Green Arrow

Another blurry commission picture.... This is my fault, I am terrible with using the camera properly. Anyways, I will go on record to say that I like the current costume of Green Arrow from the Arrow TV show for no other reason, because it looks closer to his comic book costume. I always enjoy drawing archers (Hawkeye included) because they always tend to open up in really cool poses. To be totally fair, I know that a lot of those kinds of poses are not accurate to how a real-life archer holds a bow and arrow. However, if you look closely, I at least got his hands correct, which is how you should how an arrow's tail in real life.

Monday, June 20, 2016

Eagle Con 2016: Ms. Marvel

Despite the fact that Carol Danvers no longer goes by Ms. Marvel anymore, this is still a really cool image. I like how powerful and fast looking she appears to be.

A fun fact, the legs were messed up a little bit. I initially tried to make it straight and running parallel with the speed lines. However, because of her curves and hips, I decided not do that and drew her legs a little thicker than initially intended. Fortunately, a well placed pair of speed lines underneath her feet make it appear as if she is flying at a curve a little bit. It was initially a mistake, but a little tweak made it my favorite part of the picture.

The least favorite part of the picture is her head placement in relations to her shoulder and out stretched arm. I am not sure if I made the head too close to her shoulders because it cuts off a bit of her left cheek. It is not so bad where it takes you out of the picture, but it is noticeable. But the kicker is that I don't know if it is incorrect or not, no matter how much I stare at it.

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Eagle Con 2016: Deadpool, Iron Man, and Spider-Man

I know that there are Iron Man and Deadpool on this picture as well, but I really prefer to focus on talking about Spider-Man. I will let you know right now, if I haven't already mentioned it, I love, love, love drawing Spider-Man. He is my absolute favorite character to draw. And the simple reason of why I love to draw him is because he is a character that lends himself to outrageous poses.

Like this one that I drew for this picture. He is so fun too draw with because most other character has that level of posablility. Like here, he is swinging in and mid-swing he is already shooting another thread of webbing. I also prefer drawing Spider-Man on the skinny, lithe side. The coolness of Spider-Man is his agility and making him too bulky takes away from that agile feel of the character.

Monday, June 13, 2016

Eagle Con 2016: Los Angeles Cityscape

A couple of weeks ago, I was present at a small comic convention called Eagle Con held in California State University of Los Angeles. It was a small event, but surprisingly busy as I have another round of commissions to show off on the blog.

Remember when I said that I am practicing drawing background and cityscapes? Well this commission, I drew nothing but buildings! I will give you this, it is getting easier to draw buildings. It has everything to do with having steady hands to draw straight perspective lines. Another tip to drawing a building scape is having a consistent lighting. For example, having shadows fall consistently on all of the buildings the same way. With that being said, I did not follow my own advice. If you see the third building on the left, I forgot to shadow the building's front face. Oops.

Thursday, June 9, 2016

St. Walker Inked

Here is what St. Walker looks like all inked up. It looks a lot cooler now. The reason? Because he has that incomplete, outline look too him. The gestalt-look is particularly effective on a figure with a strong light source, like say, a lantern ring that shoots out energy.

You can see that I got a little lazy drawing the light lines shooting out from behind him. It should not look this curvy. It was my hand just getting tried. Sorry, guys.

Monday, June 6, 2016

When I am supposed to be working: St. Walker Pencilled

St. Walker, for people who may not know or remember, is a member of the Blue Lantern Corps in the Green Lantern comic. Though from what I have heard, the Blue Lantern corp may be destroyed now?? In any case, that does not stop my enthusiasm of the Geoff Johns run on the Green Lantern comics. Those were some of the most exciting, universe-building comics I have ever read. I appreciated St. Walker as the one steady figure who never seems to waver much from having faith when everything has gone to hell.

This was a quickie drawing that I did in church. I was not even 100% accurate with his costume design. Random topic: as important as it is to show lines radiating off of an object (like his ring in the picture), it is important to show the lines have varying levels of lightness to them and thickness. The more varied the lines look, the more dynamic and powerful it appears in the image. That is the reason why I always draw heavy lines when it is close to the radiating object. Also throw in some random thick lines in the middle of the lighter lines too to get that pulsating effect.

Saturday, June 4, 2016

When I was supposed to be at work: The Vision

After watching Captain America: Civil War, I was struck by how likable all of the characters were, including the Vision. The Vision was introduced in Avengers: Age of Ultron, but I didn't really warm up to him until Civil War. It is definitely because of the fact that we see him expressing many more emotions, which makes him seem much more of a layered and interesting character. But also, it is due to the fact that he is walking around the Avengers facility in a sweater/collar shirt combination, as if he is trying to fit in with the humans by dressing like a dad.
Long live the dad look

Relating to the drawing, I am trying to really utilize more shadows of the characters, as exhibited by the level of blacks in the Vision's figure. Also, I am playing with the cape more, making it appear that it is furiously fluttering in the wind. Typically I would draw lines on the cape to indicate the folds, but I find it much more interesting looking to draw the cape folding onto itself where it looks like a cluster of fabric.

I am really happy with how the shadows of the face turned out. It is always hard to figure out how much shadow to have on a face because you don't want to obscure the emotions or features. But for the Vision, he looks good as a scary, emotionless being. And also, since he is a robot (synthzoid) he has crazy deep cheekbones that look great in shadows.