Friday, January 21, 2011

What a week...

Hey there internet land.

Well, as I expected, this week ended up being rather busy at work for me. And I don't want to post my new fan pic for Bonnie Lass until I've got it 'finished', so you will not be seeing update for that yet. Especially since I have barely had a chance to work on it this week.

Sorry. :P

However, I did manage to sneak in a super fast sketch yesterday of one of my favorite characters from the SNK game Garou: Mark of the Wolves, Khushnood Butt.
Terrible name. But he was a lot of fun to play as.
Thinking about that game made me really miss my old Dreamcast. I had an absolute blast playing that game, and it looked amazing. SNK really knows how to animate fighting movements. While I will always love Capcom's art more than SNK's realistic style, their animations always seemed to be a little better than the big C's.

Anyway, I hope you all dig the super fast sketch and I'll hopefully have a new fan pic to post sometime soon.

Monday, January 17, 2011


Wel well well... sometimes life can still surprise me.

Ok that's not exactly true. Life always surprises me. But today I actually came home to an empty condo as the GF and my daughter were out running some errands with the grandparents, so I was able to sit down and work on a quick sketch.

I wanted to keep it very loose this evening, mostly to just be sure to get a concept down on 'canvas' quickly, but also because I don't know when exactly my family will walk through the door.

I had a hard time thinking of something I could do really quickly, and in the end I still ended up working on a concept for another Bonnie Lass fan art. I will probably devote a good amount of this week to working on a new sketch so if I don't have any updates it will be because I'll just post the w.i.p after I post the final sketch.

In any case. I hope you all dig the 5 minute sketch and I'll see you back here for my next update.

Have a great evening.

Yay Mondays

Hey everyone.

I was super excited to start work on a refined version of my Thursday/Friday sketch, or possibly a new Bonnie Lass sketch as the series' artist Michael Mayne found my sketch and put it up on his Bonnie Lass Facebook page!!!
That made my weekend. And I had a lot of fun this weekend, so that should say something.

Anyway, I got to work with an eagerness to open CS3 like I haven't had since AIS or immediately after. Until I unpacked my back.

No Bamboo tablet.


If I get the chance I'll try to work on a sketch this evening, but I'm not too optimistic that I'll be able to.

Keeping my fingers crossed though.

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Back, as promised

Ok, maybe a little later than I originally thought I would get around to posting the next sketch. But hey at least it's going up.

The sketch didn't get as refined as I thought it would, but I did get to refine her a bit more. And yeah I was able to make her a little curvier than the first sketch. But not really as much as the character really is. I guess it just goes to show how much work I still need to do to draw different body types. Or just how much more practice I have to do period.

And yes, I just noticed that the left leg of her shorts is a lot longer than her right leg (if she were to stand up straight). Oh well.

Don't really have much more to say about it right now. I'm going to head to bed to get some sleep as it's now rather late.

Hope you all have a great weekend. See you back here on Monday.

Friday, January 14, 2011

Yesterday, by way of today

Hi everyone.

Really quick I wanted to prove that I was working on a sketch yesterday. But my time ran out rather quickly, and I went home to a very tantrum centric 2 year old so I didn't get the sketch either finished or updated.

So I'll post what I have so far now, and will work on it some more today.

It's of a character named Bonnie Lass and I found her book in the awesome Comics (iTunes link) application for iOS. It's a pretty fun comic and has some really great art by Michael Mayne. I really love his linework.
But while I was working on this sketch I realized that she was not curvy enough, so I'm going to work on that more today.

So enjoy the sketch. Pick up the Comics app (free) and buy Bonnie Lass and enjoy that comic.

See you later.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Tink for Mya

Well, today's sketch started with good intentions and then fell apart.

I was completely drawing a blank when it came time to sit down for today's sketch. I mean completely. I didn't feel like drawing anything, and I was completely uninspired.
Well that's not exactly true. I considered doing another sketch of Miranda. Or possibly another from the book A Game of Thrones. But I was feeling like I needed to take a break from my usual sketching fare.

So, as the day was slipping away from me I remembered back to this morning when my daughter asked me to do a drawing of Tinkerbell for her in her new notebook.
I managed to give her a rather fast sketch with some serious scaling problems, but she's 2 so she thought it was great.

With this in mind I sat down to do a better version of my earlier attempt at the world's most famous fairy. And sadly I had just as many, if not more, problems with this sketch. Proportions, expression, layout and all around execution was a battle for me this time. Not to mention that my Bamboo stylus is really starting to fail. I have been way to hard on it these past few years, leading to many technical problems with SketchBook Express.

So with a little bit of a heavy heart I'm posting today's image. It's far from what I was trying to do. And honestly I'm really not happy with it. But I'd rather have something I don't like up on my blog than nothing at all. At least this way my pencil/stylus is staying active.

See you all tomorrow with a (hopefully) better sketch.

Monday, January 10, 2011

A clandestine coming together

Good evening to all of you out there. I hope you all had a good weekend.

Today's sketch is very much inspired by Season 3 of The Tudors. There was a scene where the wife of one of the aristocrats slipped away with the king's spy to engage in some morally questionable activities, while her husband was still in the room behind them.

Not exactly activity I condone but it stuck with me as it really felt like this was something that you would probably experience in the royal court during those times.

Anyway, i decided to sketch it out in my own way, giving me practice on drawing figures together, as well as working on subtle background elements. In this case curtains, two hanging and one draped.

Hope you all dig the sketch and I'll see you back here tomorrow for another update.

Friday, January 7, 2011

What a new year it's been.

Good afternoon everyone.

Well I managed to get a sketch done this week after all. And on Friday no less.

I haven't been able to get my sketching done on account of things being pretty busy for me this week. And I have been having some eye trouble as well, so until that was reigned back in sketching on the computer was a little agitating. But everything's on the mend and feeling better, plus I had a pretty slow day at work so I managed to put together a quick sketch.

Using a new application too. Fresh off of the newly launched Mac App Store, I found the application SketchBook Express. It is the lighter version of it's bigger brother but is pretty cool. In ways it reminds me of a mix between ArtRage (which you may remember is what I was sketching with before getting CS3) and Painter.
It has a really unique UI design that is pretty cool. And the pencil emulation is rather nice as well. I'll probably spend the rest of January playing around with this to see what all it can do for me.

So I present to you a very fast sketch of Jon Snow and his Direwolf from the book A Game of Thrones, which I am very much enjoying. This was not only an exercise in trying out a new tool, but it was also the first time I've drawn an animal in a very long time. I don't think it turned out that badly, but it really shows that I haven't been sketching much lately.
Have to fix that.

So have a great weekend all, and I'll see you back here on Monday.