Saturday, April 2, 2011

Ink Experiment

Ahh, saturday.

For some reason, I thought it was friday, and I had the day off from everything.
Oh well. Worse things have happened than forgetting what day it is.

Tried to do some inking.. I've seen some basics & tutorials, so, all that's left, really, is to practice, refine, practice, refine, perfect, refine, and just basically DO IT.
When it's done well, it enhances an image amazingly.. when it's done badly.. it distorts and flat-out ruins an image. Pencilers may get big-credit for the look and design of a character, but it's the inkers that make them pop.. and then colourists come along and make everything sparkle & shine.
Of course, there are a lot of folks out there who do it all themselves, and those folks are the ones who are changing the landscape of comics and design, not necessarily for the best (people out of work is never good) in my opinion.

Anyhow.. dabbled back into Photoshop and man alive, too used to the multiple-step Undo-option from Corel Painter. It's the little things that make up life, really.
Anyhow.. an attempt, experiment if you will, in inking.

If you're wondering, the Flaming Sword was done with a custom brush over 4 layers and 6 colours.

Friday, April 1, 2011

F****** Friday

It's a friday..and it's about damned time.

Hopefully, this weekend will be a time of recovery and good news, instead of the typical weekend of frustration and inherent boredoms.

In the meantime, enjoy some quick-sketched girly.. and the mother&^#$!ing watercolours that refused to co-operate with me tonight.

Thursday, March 31, 2011

She's got feet!

Two things I'm not so great at drawing..and here they are : women, and feet.

For some reason, feet are just really weird to me. Hard to draw.. and if you ever look at them, they really are kind of bizarre, how they attach and meet the rest of the leg, how they can twist and turn and curl..and generally look unnatural.

I started off wanting to draw Spider-Woman after reading something Brian Michael Bendis wrote about the character.. but it turned into Harley Quinn again.
Not that I have anything against Harley Quinn..

This took all of a half-hour to quick sketch out, and then slap the watercolours across with some impressionist-brush dashing around the edge, faded in the middle.

But I'm thinking a small "yay, me" is in order.. doodling up a woman in a weird pose(hanging from knees, upon the flying trapeze. Rhymage!) and not just a woman, but feet as well!
I did the feet based on how I hold myself up in a position like that - by tensing my feet and angling them to they're like hooks that can catch the rope if I slip. Given the usually carefree/less attitude of Harley, it doesn't quite seem right, but hey, it's another challenge to draw, so, why not?

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Le sigh

You know.. sometimes I use this thing as a personal-venting platform.

And given the last 3 weeks, I could do some serious lambasting of assholes and shitbuckets, but what's the point?

Seriously.. what is the point? Not like anything I put up on here is going to get any attention by anyone who can do a damned or blessed thing about any of it.

All this week, and it's only freakin Wednesday, no less, I've been reminded of how greedy this continent the companies have completely forgotten how important their customers are and that the sheep - customers - will continue to just bend over and let themselves be raped through the wallet.. and any of them that bleat(complain or try to change the system with protests and such) just get the rest of us sheared that much closer to the bone.

So.. yeah, screw all that noise.
Here's another attempt at drawing the female form, and thank you Bruce Timm for giving us Harey Quinn so I don't have to worry about hairlines right now.
What I do have to worry about, is my Leifeldian lack of feet in my pictures. Seriously.. I never give myself enough room to create full characters, and that crap has to stop.

Quick and dirty ...and footless:

Tuesday, March 29, 2011


Struggling sucks.
It really does.. mostly because it quite blatantly points out something that one is not inherently good at.

I'm reminded of my short time in the military and one thing we were often told during basic : Pain is weakness leaving the body.

Okay.. if pain is weakness leaving the body.. what's the mental equivalent? What's the creative equivalent?

So I'm thinking...

Struggling is talent taking shape.

And you can quote me on that. (because it's nice to be given recognition for something that's your own)

Example: I suck at drawing women..and boobs.
But I try..because I'll never develop any talent with it if I don't push on through the entire suckage-of-suckity-suck-suck that is the starting-out and refining process.

I have a very deep affection for Bruce Timm's Harley Quinn. The line work, the simplicity..there's a bizarre seductiveness to the character. The man's got talent..but I'm certain that at some point, he had to learn how to draw the things behave under a sweater, a blanket, a loose shirt, a tight shirt, really seem to escape me at times, which is so honkin frustrating, because really, they're simple.
I could cheat and draw a bum on a girl's torso and have it look almost the same.. but I know that's cheating (to me)...besides.. almost the same is not the same.

Anyhow.. here's a slap-dash and completely unfinished (despite the watercolouring) Harley catching you catching her...

Monday, March 28, 2011

Of peace or quiet

You'd think peace & quiet went together all the time.

But, oh.. abso-friggin-lutely not. I'll take quiet over peace.. because I hate the noise of others..and having 3 sets of noisy neighbours drives me nuts. It used to be it's 3.

Went to bed early last night, thinking I'd get a bit more sleep than normal and be able to function more nicely with people in the morning..but no. I got about an hour of sleep, then was sick with food-poisoning, even though my roommate was fine from the dinner we ate.
I don't normally get sick..and as far as things like a bad chicken-nugget go, it usually out and done with within the hour.. not so. I was up about 8 times between midnight and 6am being sick.

Thankfully, it seems to have run it's course and gone away. Still.. wish I could be like a ninja or a zen-master or high-ranking-monk of some kind and just.. sit and zone and ignore the world.

.....but I'd be tempted to use that power for evil, instead of selfish-good. ^_^

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Variant #2

There's a couple things I hate about my creative process.

The first is that a lot of ideas come to me when I'm trying to sleep. My general attitude at the time is "^$!# off and let me sleep, brain!".. but only if something really keeps niggling at me, will I write the idea down.
Which is bad. Because a lot of good ideas get tossed away out of hand and they could've been great ideas had they seen the light of day... of course, a lot of ideas that, upon being put into the light, tend to show themselves as weird, stupid and useless.

Anyhow.. another thing I hate about my creative process is, I'll get an idea, sketch it out, polish it up, and half the time the polished version doesn't seem as good as the quick-sketch rough draft. Or, I'll want to do variations on it, but not seem to be able to break the mould and do something actually different with it.

So, this being the 2nd FF blank-cover I'm doing for the great Lar deSouza, I wanted to do something a little different than the previous one, but still in the same vein. I think I hit it ok.. except that my marker I use for shading died out on my when I was almost done, so I wound up using a coloured one (Lar asked for B&W)..thankfully, the colour is light and blends in well enough.

These'll get mailed out tomorrow once I'm done doing a little side-project with a friend.
I really need to get a proper scanner.. taking photos, even with a tripod and macro-enabled features, always leaves the image blurry..and colouring them is.. well, it's a chore that I think would be made easier if it wasn't a .jpg file. Wish I could force my camera to take camera-raw files, but it's not an option.

Now.. while this is still fresh news, I want to weigh in with my opinion : This whole fiasco with this rob granito shyster? This pisses me off. Anyone stealing the work of another and calling it their own and making money on it will always piss me off. I'm not mad about that though.. because I'm not a victim of this douche. What has me angry is that now, this community of creative people will be more paranoid than before, making it that much harder for guys like me, who from the time of being little and loving comics to wanting to get into it and make a living doing something they love instead of making a living doing something that pays the bills.. that really bugs me.

I became aware of this crap via a tweet by SotoColor (who, if memory serves, is Chris Sotomayer, amazing colourist!) and just.. yeah. But you can't just blame this granito goofball.. you also have to lay blame with the lackadaisical checking of the various Convention-Holders who gave up space, not just artist-alley space, we're talking good prime retail space in the conventions, to this wannabe. Anyone can paint-by-numbers, and if you look at the work, that's what this guy has done. Below is an example of some really lazy painting.. because I put the file into Corel Painter Essentials 4, clicked `photo painting`, selected the paper type, brush type, border and then clicked `start`, to have it auto-paint the thing. It's one thing to homage someone, or do a derivitive(if allowed)...but to outright swipe, copy, and call it yours? Douchebaggery is afoot!
The only real credit you can give this guy is that he took the time to steal someone's work, then paint-by-numbers the thing onto paper/canvas/stock and sign it. But a douchebag is a douchebag is a douchebag, and it's about damned time this guy got called-on-the-carpet for his douchebaggery.

So.. yeah. Here's the image, which is quite similar to the one on his portfolio page, except I've been more honest about mine. ..and no, I'm not going to link to the site, you can google it yourself if you're really curious. Apprently, the fella who made the site is leaving it up so that people that this granito has ripped off can be notified and see what's been done to their work.
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