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Saturday, March 04, 2017

Eye Tyrant


He only has nine stalks; I'll bet all the other beholders make fun of him. Tough to get an expression out of one giant eye, makes it look like his face is melting a bit.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

For the Kicks


Here's the original line art for that marker sketch from before, along with some alternate inking. You know, in case you felt there was something missing from your life.

Wednesday, February 08, 2017

More Ink n' Marker







The first one I roughed with the marker and then tightened up the drawing with the black ink. The second one was the more traditional pencil, then ink, erase the pencil, photocopy the ink, then marker. Looking at them side by side, I note the pitfall of the "default pose". I mean, they're not identical, but they're close enough that I'm smelling formula. 

Saturday, February 04, 2017

It was just sitting there, so I took a picture of it.

The taking photos of drawings may or may not be getting out of hand.









Some on post it notes, some on legal, some from honest-to-jeebus sketch books. The marker is fun, it's a prismacolor, cloud blue or sky blue or tears-of-a-clown blue or something.

Things are going pretty well, thanks for asking. My wife is watching "Suits", which is a show starring attractive, intense, driven people doing attractive, intense, driven things. I can relate. I'm doing a blog post after two scotches and a beer. Basically the same thing.

I'm in a play. My lines are a good deal of political exposition. I talk a lot about legislation and Victorian economics and other things I don't understand. I plan on growing some very large side burns, I think that will sell it.

Running a short Dungeons and Dragon's campaign. I'm finding that my group seems to get a bit bored with the fighty stuff, they like the social encounters. I threw an insane kobold guide into the mix last session, really seemed to perk things up. Maybe I'm just more entertaining doing funny kobold voices than I am describing graphic violence.

Lastly, I just noticed that last December marked ten years that I've been on blogger, if you don't count the bit where I took an almost year long break. So happy Bloggiversary to me, I suppose.

Saturday, January 14, 2017

I Take Photos of Drawings now

Much faster and easier for stuff that's so rough it's not really worth taking the time to scan.

Everyone loves Spidey.

A few love the lesser known but still famous Garruk Wildspeaker.

Chandra Naalar is reasonably loved, depending on to whom one is speaking.

Non-specific Elf Adventurer is widely admired.

This guy just makes me laugh.
I didn't even shrink the files, so the pictures are annoying and unwieldy. Really starting to join the21st century.

Friday, December 23, 2016

Christmas is Busy

So here's a quick thing.


I drew it, but I dunno, it kinda feels like clip art to me. Does this seem like clip art? That kind of soul-less drawing that people just stick on newsletters and stuff? I mean, it's pretty empty. But it's supposed to be one of those background things that you stick the characters on to.

Have a good Holiday, hopefully not an empty and soul-less one.

Sunday, November 27, 2016

If I said "I like dogs"...

...would I be accused of waging a war on dachshunds? I dachshund is a dog, right? It falls under the general heading. If I don't mention that specific breed, are the dachshund owners gonna get worked up? Actually, there are probably a few out there who would, I suppose. They'll think I'm playing favorites with the spaniel people.

The argument seems to start earlier every show season, too.

Very well. To business, such as it is.

Gadzooks, but this digital painting nonsense is as slippery as a ferret riding an eel. Got tired of mucking about, this is what you're getting and no griping, clean your plate there's kids starving in In-jya.

There, no color at all to this. Just lines. Give 'em what they want, leave 'em wanting more, one in the hand, two in the bush, all with one stone.



Sunday, October 30, 2016

Next time, next time

Inktober looked fun, but it's just about done,
And I never did get in my licks.

I'll poop this out my brain, 'till it come round again,
Thank goodness for Sharpies and Bics.

Friday, October 21, 2016

Contract, Expand

One of the little tricks illustrators and artists sometimes do is draw something bigger than it's final presentation is going to be; this is especially common with mass produced stuff like comic books and things. Drawing big and then reducing it can make the art look more detailed, with the added benefit of making medium mistakes look small and smaller mistake disappear.

However, I've found it's just as rewarding and sometimes more more fun to go the other way, which is  to say drawing something quite small and then blowing it up big.




Rather than making your mistakes less noticeable, it instead makes them seem almost intentional, as though the drawing is organized by some weird principle. The accidental textures and variations add subtleties and complexities that usually commercial art tries to hide. Makes it more expressive and less slick.

As I said, fun.

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Stay Strong

Hey I read Alan Moore announced that he will be retiring from comics. I guess it won't be long now before he fakes his death and comes back as his own son, as he's done so many times before.

By way of tribute, here's Warren Strong (we all love Warren, right?)  Chris Sprouse did fantastic work on Tom Strong, but I never felt he quite captured the funnybook feel that Warren should have had. Too much anatomy or something. So I figured, why not more or less directly rip off Preston Blair? That oughtta do it. After all, we animators have been doing it for generations.



As a bonus Warren, a small doodle done in a meeting:


Not sure how I feel about Moore's retirement. He's been one of my favorites since I started reading comics, and he was a big part of defining and re-defining what the medium meant and what it could do during this terrifying 20th to 21st century rollover we've been enjoying the past few decades. On the other hand, he expressed concern in his announcement that his contributions to comics had run their course and he didn't want to end up re-treading old ground.

It's never fun to see that happen to someone you admire, to watch them become a parody of themselves. It's good when someone has the self-knowledge and the grace to do bow out before they overstay their welcome, but when it happens I always wonder, "Yeah, but what if you stay? What if your next thing will be the best thing you've ever done, but now it won't be because you're not going to do it?" But I guess that's the essence of the whole "Leave 'em wanting more" thing.

Ha, "Leave 'em wanting Moore". Good one.