Friday, July 29, 2016

X-23: The All-New, All-Different Wolverine

Here is another of my coloring experiments with that new app MediBang Paint. Did you know that Wolverine that we know has been dead in the comics for a couple years now?  Now, X-23 (his female clone) has taken the mantle of the all-new, all-different Wolverine.

One thing that I love about digital drawing is that some tools make things infinitely easier, such as the speed lines. However, one disadvantage is that the digital drawing gives me less control over fine lines, like the crosshatching in X-23's legs. It took a lot of effort to make it not look messy and have the crosshatch lines go all over the place.

I made a mistake on the coloring. I drew the speed lines like there is a light source there. However, I forgot to make the light consistent with the shadows on X-23's body. Fortunately it is not super obvious.

Monday, July 25, 2016

Colored Stuff

I recently discovered this amazing new app called MediBang Paint. It more or less functions like Photoshop where it allows me to draw and color a picture in transparent layers. This really opened up my ability to show off my coloring skills.

Overall, the app is has everything that an artist can want to create digital paintings: digital rulers, a wide array of drawing tools, color wheel, adjustment of opacity, comic panel grids, and so much more. It is a fantastic app that I would recommend to every artist who wants to try digital art. Best of all, it is free.

Anyways, enough marketing for the app. This picture is an original character for a story that I am writing and drawing. Not much will be revealed of her yet, but she is a villain. The coloring on her was pretty on point. Especially the lighter colored highlights on the body. My favorite part of the picture is easily her hair. Her hair looks very natural and smooth and does not have sketchy lines. It looks natural and organic.

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Kylo Ren

Oh snap! It is Comic-Con starting today!! Here is a picture of Kylo Ren after I had a tons of fun throwing white out all over him. Drawing fake white out snow is always fun and gives a picture that edgy, unpredictable quality that makes it look more vibrant. For example, look at how I drew his feet fading out. It has a cool snow out effect that I would not have been able to accomplish without white out.

A challenge that I had was since Kylo Ren is all black and I wanted to draw him in the darkness with a black forest behind him. Obviously, that is easy to get details lost in the blacks. The technique is to have a white out line around Kylo so he does not get lost in the  background.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Eagle Con 2016: Whis

Here is the last of my Eagle Con 2016 commissions. This is Whis from Dragonball Z. Typically I have more to say about the character, but I am not that familiar with DBZ to my eternal shame of my generation.

I love how sexually androgynous Whis is though, while still looking like a total BA. The hardest part of the picture is Whis' weird circle thing that is around his neck. Like, it is so big. Circles are hard because my hand is not steady and you can totally see it wavering. Any case, the downward shot of Whis looks awesome and the perspective on his staff looks good.

Monday, July 11, 2016

Eagle Con 2016: Deadspace

Here is Issac Clarke from the video game Deadspace. For this picture, I though it was important to show that everything is very dark and the shadows should be deep. His ribbed armor has a very interesting look and makes the shadows casted on it gives a really cool effect.

Not much commentary on this picture other than I tried really hard to get his signature gun in the picture. In fact, I tried so hard that it practically broke the anatomy of how Clarke's arm should be able to bend.

Friday, July 8, 2016

Eagle Con 2016: Deadpool versus The Punisher

Another commission with Deadpool. But this time he is fighting the Punisher. In retrospect, I think the Punisher's arms look a little funky with the foreshortening effect. He is supposed to have his arms stretched out in front of his chest, but I don't think that the arms are long enough. Or maybe his hands and his guns are not big enough, so it makes his arms look too stubby. Another issue is that the arms are sort of blocking the Punisher's chest, which makes it look like that he is flexing his arms inwards too much.

Things that I do like about this picture? I liked the perspective on Deadpool. The view of his outstretched left hand follows along logically into an extreme close-up of his right hand. It looks natural. Another thing that I like is the Punisher's face. It is something that is easy to forget, but the Punisher is a very Italian looking guy. That is the way his face was drawn when he first debut, but artists often overlook that specific look. So I gave him a heavy brow-line, a receding crows-hairline, and smallish eyes to make it look like he is an Italian person.

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Eagle Con 2016: Vegeta

I feel like that Dragonball Z is one of those shows that I have not watched enough as a kid. But it is totally a seminal anime show for my generation. It goes right up there with Pokemon, everybody that is my age has seen at least one episode of.

In any case, this is another commission from Eagle Con 2016 and one thing that I really tried to convey is the dynamism and energy that Vegeta gives off. It helps to have a lot of speed lines-something that is used all of the time in the show-to make the image more exciting. For this picture to work, I needed to make the shadowing on Vegeta's body and face look consistent. It really makes the energy ball look more legit.

Friday, July 1, 2016

Eagle Con 2016: Naruto

Despite this slightly blurry image, this picture is pretty cool. One of the biggest challenges for this picture is getting fire to look, well, like fire. Fire is something that does not have a consistent form and is always fluid. It is hard to convey that it a static image. If this was animation, it would be easier to see the flames. For flames, I try to show off the shadowing in the fire to give it some form. I also try to make sure that there is proper lighting and crosshatching in the background to give a, I don't know, sketchy effect that fire gives off.

One drawback about this picture is that it is supposed to show Naruto's Nine-Tails Chakra form, but since this was done on a trading card, it is hard to see his nine tails. Also, I wished that I made Naruto more dynamic looking. Here, he looks a little stiff and not in a very interesting pose.