Thursday, June 30, 2011

Another Dose of Miller

No, not the beer. It's time for another sketch in the style of Frank Miller. I got to spend a few more minutes on my Miranda sketch today. And now it's time to post it.

I have been having a hard time finding a brush in CS3 that I like for this style, but this one worked a little better than the one I used earlier on the Squirrel Girl sketch.

Her face didn't turn out how I wanted it to, and that's mostly because I was having a hard time getting the 'digital ink' to do what I wanted. Were I doing this in traditional media I'm pretty sure that it would have been a lot easier for me to get the eyes right.

And I found it funny that even though she is from a far more technologically superior universe/time than ours, I still drew her with a 45. I guess it was the subtle influence of the Frank Miller art style.

Oh well, at least I'm getting something up tonight.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

A Work in Progress

Good evening out there in internet land.

Welcome back for another installment of ninjaboy's sketch-a-day. I'm your host, ninjaboy.

Well I did manage to take 15 minutes today to sketch out the gesture for my Frank Miller - Miranda (take 2) sketch.

It's not quite as flowy as my previous/first gesture from yesterday, but it isn't a bad start. Hopefully I'll be able to start blocking in the fills tomorrow and get it ready for posting on Friday.

(I'm not confident that I'll have a sketch to post tomorrow as I have a busy day at work, then tomorrow night is my martial arts class and I'm usually pretty beat after that)

So until then, have a great night and I'll see you back here soon.

An update and a snafu

Well, hey there everyone.

I meant to post my sketch on Monday, but completely got distracted and forgot to pull the laptop out to post it.

So I was going to post it yesterday, along with a new sketch. But not only was it my daughter's b-day yesterday that meant that we were having a lot of fun but I also had a hardware problem with my laptop that resulted in my MacBook rebooting its self.
Before I saved my new sketch.


I'll try to get that picture re-sketched today if I get the chance.

But in the meantime, here's the sketch I was going to post on Monday.

It's of one of the comical Marvel heroes, who apparently is one of the most badass in the universe. Squirrel Girl.
However, as per Saul's suggestion I tried to sketch her in the visual stylings of Frank Miller.
It was really different trying to do this style digitally. I find it easy to do in traditional media, but after some more time I'm sure it will be just as easy to do in pixels as well.

Hope you all like.

Thursday, June 23, 2011


Well blast! I totally spaced on updating my blog last night.

So here's my late update from last night. I did a little more work on the previous sketch, fleshing out the adventurer in the foreground, as well as roughing in the monster behind him.

Not a lot of new work, but enough for an update.

If I get the chance to do another sketch today I will. But seeing as how I have class tonight, I probably won't be able to get one done and posted. We'll see though.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Setting the Scene

Good evening out there in internet land.

Today I decided to work on another sketch that was more than just a figure posing in a positive field. So since I've been thinking about D&D again quite a bit today (to get my mind off some other sad news in the family) I decided to do a sketch of a character not exactly having the best of times during an 'encounter'.

I would like to work on this some more tomorrow if I can. But I do have another cool idea for another sketch (thanks for the suggestion Saul) that I want to get done later this week.

Anyway. Hope you all dig the super rough layout.

Have a good evening.

Monday, June 20, 2011

Water Bending

Good evening everyone.

Despite having a tweaked back I had a good chill weekend. My daughter and I watched some of Avatar's second season. When I sat down with my Bamboo tablet today, once again I decided to do another sketch based on this show once again.

Today's sketch is of Katara, from the Southern Water Tribe. I always really enjoy watching her water bending scenes because the animators do a great job using Tai Chi in really dynamic ways.

Hope ya'll like the sketch and I'll see you back here tomorrow.

Saturday, June 18, 2011

A Week Condensed into One Post

Hi again.

Well, I didn't get any postings done this week. And a bulk of that was due to the fact that we were once again getting a different internet provider at home.

Another factor was me having enough time to do a fast sketch (almost) every day this week, but the next thing I knew the day was over, and I had to leave.
So here is my week-long backlog of sketches.

First, is based on the elven archer from the upcoming game Dragon's Crown by Vanillaware. I was a big fan of their previous game Odin's Sphere and am planning on playing their Wii game Muramasa sometime in the near future.

Next up is sketch of Solid Snake, inspired by a conversation I had at work on Tuesday about game pacing. It's no secret that MGS was, and still is, my favorite video game.

Wednesday's sketch was a super fast, and very sloppy scene of Spider-Man battling his nemesis, Venom. I realized that I really haven't been doing much more than sketches of a figure with no environment, or actual story. While this may have worked for the old Marvel Universe Trading Cards, it really starts to look one-dimensional and boring for a blog.

Thursday's sketch was going to be a rendition of Ayame from the Tenchu game series. But I only had a very short amount of time to work on the sketch, and was planning on re-visiting it later to finish it up.

Sadly, Friday was super busy for me and I ended up not working on Thursday's sketch any more. Nor did I work on a new sketch for that day. Bummer. And I was doing so well too.

Oh well, depending on how long my daughter's nap is today, I may get some more work done on the Ayame sketch. Or I'll just start a new one. But we'll see what happens.

Have a good weekend everyone.

Friday, June 10, 2011

The Internets, I Has Them.... Barely

Wow. What a week it has been.

We are once again firmly trenched in for another round of internet battle at the apartment. We switched to a different provider with the understanding that we would be getting more reliable internet signal, and a reliable billing process.

Only to find that the internet speed is a fraction of what was promised, and less than acceptable for this modern age.
Too slow for Netflix streaming (another reason we got rid of our previous cable TV).
Incredibly slow downloading games, or game related materials (it took me 16 hours to download the copy of inFAMOUS I got from Sony).

We are in the process of hopefully getting this all sorted out, but it really took a bite out of my week. And getting any sketching done.

Today I had about 5 minutes to do a sketch so I finally did one.

It's a really iffy sketch of a shinobi perched above his prey. Or the guard of his prey. Or is he just avoiding being discovered so he can exit with the information he was hired to retrieve?
I'll leave that to you.

Hope you all have a great weekend and I'll try my best to get back into the swing of things next week.

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Saturday is the new Friday

Blast! I missed my posting yesterday.

We had some friends over for dinner after work last night and I got caught up with that so I completely forgot to open my laptop.

I did get in a sketch yesterday. And it is of Vanessa from King of Fighters. I have always liked her design, though I haven't played her much in the games.

I was liking the sketch yesterday, up until I started working on her face. Then for some reason I just couldn't get the eyes to come together at all. And before I knew it, the 10 minutes I gave myself for the sketch had come and gone.

Oh well. Maybe I'll come back and fix this sketch up in the future.

Anyway, I hope you all have a great weekend. It's already sunny and blue skies here. Play hard and be safe.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Fighting Game Gals, Part 3

Good evening out there in internet land.

Just got back from watching class again and I wanted to get my posting taken care of before I forget.

Today's entry in the Fighting Game Gals line of sketches, is of Last Blade 2's Hibiki.

I played this game a bit years ago when I had my old Dreamcast. It was a lot of fun, and I loved the character designs. Hibiki was a particular favorite of my friends and mine.

I didn't get as much time to work on the sketch today. So I think I'll put a little more time into it tomorrow. Or at the very least some quick splashes of red.

See ya all back here tomorrow.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Ha Ha! Made it!

Well, I thought for sure I was going to miss another posting this week. After I put my daughter to bed I got sucked into adding some new content to my iTunes and completely lost track of time.

I already missed my posting yesterday. I wouldn't miss another one.

So here is yesterday's sketch.

It's of my favorite video game karateka, Hitomi from the Dead or Alive series. Honestly, I haven't played the games with her that much. But I love her design.
The sketch is very loose, but that's to be expected as it was my first sketch for the week and I only had a few minutes to work on it.

Today's sketch is next.

In keeping with the fighting game girl trend, I decided to sketch Street Fighter's Ibuki. The pose for this sketch was inspired by the opening scene of the movie Shinobi no Mono. I just recently picked up the series and am really looking forward to watching them.
You should all probably expect some more shinobi sketches in the near future.

Well hope ya'll dig the sketches and have a great evening. I have to get to bed. I'm sitting in on another class tomorrow evening and need to be rested.

Good night.