Friday, December 16, 2016

Kylo Ren Recolored

Can you believe that Force Awakens came out almost a year ago? And it gave us such great characters like Kylo Ren or Finn.

Anyways, moving on to the art piece. Now this piece...I love this piece! When I originally drew Kylo Ren in the snow, I was jazzed by how effective the White Out created the snow effects. While the original picture looks good in black and white, I think it is enhanced with the red of his lightsaber providing the only source of light. You can compare the difference between the black and white original and the colored version up top.

First of all, in the original, it is difficult to see where the lightsaber is in all of the snow. Also, Kylo Ren's figure is also more lost in the snow too. Fortunately, the red draws the eye to the lightsaber. It also highlights Kylo Ren's outline more and now it is easier to see where his body begins and where the background ends. It was a lot of fun coloring the drawing. What I did to get the different gradient effects of the red is set my digital paintbrush on a low opacity. When we go closer to the light source, the darker shade of red I used. When an object is far away from the light source, I would only lightly color it red. The most interesting part of coloring was that the middle of the lightsaber is actually completely white, implying that it is the brightest in the center of the saber "blade". One other tweak that I made is that I actually used digital White Out to create even more streaks in the picture. I specifically did it to cover the bottom of the snowy ground and Kylo Ren's feet because he looks more mysterious when you don't see his feet. This piece maybe my favorite piece that I have done in a long while.

Monday, December 12, 2016

When I am supposed to be working: Vixen

I always liked Vixen from Justice League Unlimited. Her costume design is simple but sexy, something that should be applied to all super heroine costumes. The character design on JLU was also a huge step up compared to her hair in the comic books. If you have never seen Vixen's first haircut, it is hideous. It is a combination of a mullet and a Wolverine's hair.

Anyways, nothing much to talk about the actual drawing itself. I do like the way her body just floats there though. I also like how the cheekbones came out. Typically when I draw cheekbones, they tend to make the lower and upper halves of the face look too divided. Here, it looks good.

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Teen Titans GO!

You know what show is awesome? Titans Go! I love the Adventure Time style writing and Dan Hipp's art style. It is also really funny because of its multiple references to the DC Universe, including Watchmen. But mostly, the show is just hilarious.

Not much can be said here other than is fun because it is disco dancing and that can never not be fun.

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Supergirl and Cityscapes

Here is a really quick drawing sketch that I did of Supergirl flying over the city. I hope u guys realize that it is all done free hand and without the aid of any drawing tools or rulers. Clearly, all of the buildings are sloppy looking and not straight with each other. But I liked drawing this picture anyways to practice drawing cityscapes more. It was difficult and I tried to even use a grid to aid me in the buildings, but I was not able to do it on freehand alone. If nothing else, it is a good example of what happens when you try to draw stuff without a ruler.