Friday, September 30, 2016

When I am supposed to be working: Rey and Finn

Here is another doodle when I was bored at work one day. I felt like a Star Wars kind of mood so I tried my hand in drawing Finn and Rey. I realize that Rey's hair is actually different than in the film, but what the hey, I did this from memory purely. Part of my motivation for wanting to draw Rey was because I really like posing characters with a  staff, because it is so cool looking. Also, I always try to practice on my female forms, which I would think was successful. She may not look like Daisy Ridley, but she looks good.

Interestingly, Finn was the one I had a harder time drawing. His pose is kinda lackluster and not nearly as dynamic as Rey's. Weirdly, I had trouble with making his legs look interesting, but it just kinda sits there. In fact, there is one anatomical issue with his left leg. It is a little too long in the kneecaps area. One reason I had trouble with Finn is because I actually think it is difficult to draw the pose of two hands on a rifle. But once again it is something that I am practicing in-just like practicing drawing females-so I can master it.

Monday, September 26, 2016


Here is a chinchilla commission I did for a friend of mine. I forget if I have discussed it before here, but drawing fur is hard. And when you have to draw a lot of fur-like a chinchilla- then it is even more difficult.

Fortunately, I think I cracked how to draw appropriate fur. It should be short even if in real life, the animal's fur is longer than that. It is easier to manage without it looking too mangy and wild. The other tip to drawing fur is that it must always be going in the same direction. Animal fur tends to bend in only one certain way. If you don't believe me, then pet a dog going against its fur. It would look weird and probably is not too comfortable for the dog too. Animal fur is always goes in the same direction 97% of the time, so you should draw it consistently in one direction to reflect that. One way to remember to make that fur looking neat and unidirectional is by drawing it in rows. Draw it in rows of each other and then compound it with another row of fur and then another. Pretty soon, you will have a neat-looking fur bunch that makes the figure of the animal easier to look at.

The exception to this rule is if you are drawing fur that curves with the body. You can see that with the body rolls or the left hind-leg here. I curve my fur pattern based on where the body curves. It really goes a long way to do that because it gives them more of a figure volume, if that makes any sense.  Finally, in place of deep blacks of shadows, draw a lot of fur. Like how I said to draw fur rows, for the shadows of the animal, you draw a lot of rows of fur clumped together. If done correctly, it gives that shadowed, textured look. Drawing fur is hard, but it is a thing that I am getting more used to.

Sunday, September 18, 2016

When I am supposed to be working: Thor

Here is a one of the few times that I am drawing a picture with solely pencils. I have mentioned in the past that I like the pencils being sketchy because it gives the the picture some extra texture that would otherwise get lost in inking process. Of course, one downside of it is that it is harder to adequately capture the details of the picture on my scanner. But whatever. Like, can you tell that Thor is in the rain? It is fairly faint, so it wouldn't surprise me if you cannot.

Another unintended side effect of doing pictures in pencils is that it appears more real. With my inks, I tend to do bolder lines. But with pencils, I can play with perceptions more and do more shadowing without using crosshatching. For example, look at how his feet just disappear in the rain. You probably wouldn't have even noticed that detail unless you stare carefully at it. The whole image is kinda like that. If you squint, you can easily imagine the figure of Thor looking quite realistic.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

The Flash

It has been a while since I posted here. That is my mistake as life stuff got in the way. In any case, I drew a simple picture of the Flash racing towards the camera. I always enjoy posing the Flash when he runs because he always looks dynamic and exciting. Also, bonus: I get to draw speed lines on him! Lots and lots of speed lines.

This particular pose gives him that foreshortened look where it looks like he is bending forward a lot, while the reality of the drawing is that I only drew his chest and legs and cut out his stomach more or less. However, if you place them in the correct spot, it looks like he really is bending over in an exciting way.