Monday, April 25, 2011
Saturday, April 23, 2011
Growing up a Saturday morning couch potato in the mid-1980's one of my favorite cartoons was Thundercats. I don't care if it was just another marketing ploy to get millions of kids to buy zillions of plastic toys. Thundercats was awesome. Lion-o, Lord of the Thundercats, fought against Mumm-Ra the Ever-Living and various and sundry evil henchmen alongside his fellow super-agile cat hero friends. I tear up just thinking about it.
Lion-o is pictured here with the Sword of Omens, his magic weapon that transforms from its modest knife-like size to a full-length battle sword when Lion-o dramatically utters, "thunder.... Thunder.... THUNDERCATS, HOOOOOOO!!!" The phallic symbolism was lost on my 4 year old mind... thankfully.
Unfortunately I didn't think to scan before adding ink, but this series gives some sense of the process leading to the final colored drawing.
pencil, nib pen, brush and ink, and gouache... plus a little photoshop tweak to deepen my timid coloring
Friday, April 22, 2011
Practice practice practice. I realized I've been avoiding creating environments because I'm afraid of doing a really crummy job... So I decided to take the advice that I give anybody who asks me about drawing and just go for it! Learn by doing.... I started this drawing out with a horizon line, then decided I wanted an uphill street scene, so it's kind of a funky perspective situation to begin with. It was fun inking my sketchy pencil sketch with a brush...
I've probably drawn just a few handfuls of (matchbox) cars in my life, and this sloppy jalopy looks suspiciously like an old car I drew in San Diego 9 years ago. There's some inadvertent M.C. Escheresque perspective stuff in here, too... One exciting thing about realizing you have a long way to go is anticipating the fun and satisfaction of so much learning along the way! Practice!
Thursday, April 21, 2011
Some pencil sketches of DC's Superman and Wonder Woman. I was hoping to ink and possibly color them today but it's getting late and my arm is tired. I think I drew and redrew Superman's right hand about 50 times...and now it's too big. Better too big than mangled/incoherent! I have to thank my childhood hero, comic book artist Arthur Adams, whose internalized influence almost single-handedly steered my aesthetics on Superman here.