Wednesday, October 26, 2016

The Hulk Green

Here is another image that I drew digitally via the Medibang Paint app. I know that it sounds like a plug, but it is free, so if you are interested in digital art, then there is no reason not to try it.  The Hulk here suffers from what my wife calls boxy hairs. And it is boxy. I don't know why I make it like this. I know specifically, in the case for the Hulk, it is because I was so involved with making his hair curly like Mark Ruffalo's hair that I may have not realized the overall shape that I was making with his hair.

The picture is also another exercise in trying to utilize more stark shadows to make the shape of the figure. It is more naturalistic in real life, because we don't see things made up of literal lines, we see things by the level of shadows and how much light shines on objects. So with that in mind, I am also trying to minimize lines on my figures, which is why there are parts of the Hulk's hand and neck that have no lines.

Monday, October 24, 2016

Batman 1989

"Winged freak....terrorizes Gotham City? Wait until they get a load of me..."

There is no words to properly describe how much I loved the original Tim Burton 1989 Batman  movie. I grew up with that movie, own the terrible(ly awesome?) album by Prince, and have every line from the script memorized. Michael Keaton will be my Batman, even if Christian Bale and Ben Affleck are buffer than him.

This picture is really making me stretch my artistic muscles and trying take a leap of faith. I tend to not like to color a lot of blacks in a picture because I am always afraid of messing up the picture and I won't be able to go back to fix it. But here, I blacked out large portions of the figure. But you know what? It looks better because of it. The blacks imply there is a lot of shadow on Batman, which makes sense since his suit is almost completely black. It taught me an important lesson: when things are almost all black, the whites of the figure really stand out more and can imply a lot of shape even if you don't literally see it. The gestalt principles apply here as well.

Weirdly, the thing that gave me the most trouble was making a perfect oval for the Bat-Symbol. I still have not figured a way to make good big ovals. Also note that the Bat-Symbol is not the same one that you would see on merchandise or even in the movie's own film poster. That was intentional since that is how it was in the movie. The movie's costume makers had to tweak the symbol due to some weird copyright issue. Fortunately, the symbol was fixed by the sequels to the more traditional Bat-Symbol.

"Is there a six foot bat on police payroll...and if so, what's he pulling down? After taxes?" Damn that movie is so quotable.

Saturday, October 22, 2016

When I am supposed to be working: Walter White

I am doing another short post today. What happens when you are stuck in a work training and your mind begins to wander to thinking about Breaking Bad? Then you get a head sketch in your training guide of Walter White.

This is a quick one. I know it isn't perfect, but I do like how Walter's eyes turned out. It gives off that slightly vacant stare where he is not weighed down by empathy anymore. Chilling.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

MCU Cards: Ant-Man

As much as I love the Ant-Man costume from his movie, I kinda hate drawing it. Actually, I hate drawing anything with excessive piping and random gadgets on the costume. I know that it looks better on screen, but-man-it is a pain in the butt to remember how to draw all those details. Not only that, if I get to hung up drawing all of the details, then the overall picture suffers. If you haven't noticed compared to a picture of a real costume, then you will realize that I have simplified it a little bit. Like, there are less piping around his suit.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016


Gah. This face is a lot more disturbing up close than I thought. I know I have said in the past the level of difficulty to make caricatures based on real life people. However, if there is a person who's face looks like a real life cartoon character, it is Dwight Schrute from The Office. His face is so easy to break down and made to look like a cartoon: his boxy head, high forehead, round-beady eyes, and that hair!! His hair is so unusual. Do people even do their hair that way? Probably, but I have never personally seen it.

I had a lot of fun drawing Dwight because I actually just used the shape tool to create much of his head. His head is originally a rectangle that I shaved off the top and bottom parts. His chin is an oval that I connected with some lines to create a jawline. His eyes are just ovals overlaid with circles to create his pupils. His eyebrows were created using the line shape tool. And his glasses are just squares where I rounded of the edges to make them have traditional glasses shape.

The other thing that was fun about Dwight was applying the shadowing to him. My coloring process is that I use a flat color first and then put in the shadows afterwards. For shadows, I just use a slightly darker blend of the initial colors that I applied and then I strategically put them around the face. So like, giving his shadows under his hair strands at the top of his forehead makes the thing a little more realistic, but still cartoony. Incidentally, I prefer to just do my coloring shading in two-maybe three-tones at the most. Blending colors is a great effect, but it is time consuming and I prefer to make it simple.

Monday, October 3, 2016

When I am supposed to be working: Princess Leia

Here is a drawing I did of Princess Leia that I did at work. I did say previously that I was in a Star Wars kind of mood. I have been drawing Star Wars characters all day.

This picture gave me the personal challenge of her left hand going over her gun handle. It is a challenge because it is easy to make her hands too big. I always make fingers too big when a person holds a gun because I am more concerned with the fingers gripping this fat gun handle, if that makes sense. However here, I tried to be vigilant of fat fingers and giving them space in between the fingers. The end result is that her hands look much more feminine and the picture looks better for it.

An interesting challenge that I did not know how to draw properly is Leia's hair Buns. I didn't know how to properly find the lighting on her hair correctly. For some reason, I got tripped up by the shape. In the end, I just gave more lighting to the middle spot of her hair bun and less as it gets lower and higher. The other issue with her hair buns is that I didn't know which direction to draw her hair strands on the buns. This is due to having no real life experience observing how hair is wrapped up in a bun.