Was about to go to bed when I realized I hadn't posted today's (ahem -- yesterday's) sketch card.
I didn't want to start a series for this week and have a materials issue interrupt the flow like the copic problem last week (got the refills today, so I'll likely post the remaining Invincible cards tomorrow). So I decided to draw everything in pen. I decided to use the pen (Uni-ball Vision Elite) fellow artist, Guy Dorian gave me this past weekend.
It's a very nice pen. Nice ink and flow on the bristol.
The subject this week is the 70s Alien film. I don't know that I'll even draw the creature since the characters are all so amazing. I decided to lean heavily on the reference for these as well.
Here's an in-progress shot.
When I was a kid, the Alien photonovel was one of my most treasured possessions. I loved the movie - I think I saw it over a dozen times in the theater. Even today, if I'm channel-surfing and stumble across a broadcast of the film I usually start watching regardless of whatever else may be on.
Even though I loved drawing as a kid and this was frequently close at hand, I never drew from it. I should have -- I think I would have learned a great deal about lighting. Sadly, this is a replacement for my lost original. I've no idea what happened to it -- it just disappeared at some point.
Hope you guys like this series of cards and won't mind my essentially "swiping" from stills for this -- I guess I'm just making up for something the 12-year old me should have done.
First, my copics ran dry and my local art supply didn't have refills, so my sketchcards for Wednesday, yesterday and today are sitting unfinished beside my table. I might be able to grab some while in Toronto this weekend and catch up with a massive post on Monday.
Second, I'll be at Wizardworld Toronto this weekend, sitting next to my pal, the insanely talented Dale Keown, so I decided to make a print for the event.
Yay, Copic colour for the last Hellboy this week. I get to show off how poorly my old 11x17" Mustek handles colour scanning.
It's always awkward drawing like someone else, but there's something so wonderfully attractive about the way Mike lays down shapes. The last two cards were kinda fun for playing with elements from Mignola's style, but I now feel I should draw another two cards that are more honest .
Second last Hellboy. Finally working on a smooth surface that I can live with. I tried to simplify towards Mignola's style, and I'm not sure I was very successful. I liked the pencil sketches of today's and tomorrow's cards better than the finished pieces.
With this one I used the last of the rough textured cards from the Strathmore sample pack. Lots of sloppy bits and things I'd like to redraw show up when I upsize these things, but I figure it just gives me incentive to get better.
This week the challenge was to redesign Power Man/Luke Cage over at the Bendis Board. There were a number of amazing drawings and redesigns up -- check it out if ya can!
I actually like the current "street clothes" take on the character, so I thought he'd only opt for a costume if it wasn't too clowny. I (and many other people) felt that he'd go for a sports uniform look. Looking back at his original yellow shirt/black pants combo lead me towards a Pittsburgh Steelers look.
Just read a really cool Bearfield Elston story in advance of a pair of upcoming illustrations. In the story he narrates he's pretty busy causing more trouble than could be believed. I suspect, when regaling his drinking buddies about the events, I suspect he'd have reason to look as bemused over the plain stupidity and lack of proper manners as he does here.
So, I complained a fair bit about the rough paper in the sample pack yesterday and here's the first card I did on one of the pieces. I believe this one is supposedly a canvas texture on a very thin sheet. I was initially looking forward to working with this as it reminded me of some rough textured DC paper I was able to play with back in the early 90s. That paper took dip pen very well.
This not so much. I ended up finishing it with a brush and some un-thickened Higgins Eternal ink. I don't think I've ever experienced such a thin ink out of the bottle. It's now sitting, open, on a shelf in my studio and will likely do so for many weeks before I consider using it again.
I let the paper get to me while working and I think it shows. I "lost" the other sheet of canvas textured paper. While the other REH characters this week are also on rough surfaces, all turned better in my opinion.
Here's the first of my (hopefully) daily sketch cards.
Decided to try and do a theme for each week to make these easier to plan out and minimize the "Um, what to draw?" moments. This week it's going to be characters created by (or inspired by as is the case today) Robert E. Howard.
It's going to be a rough week (actually it WAS a rough week since I already drew 'em all) since I decided to start off using the stock from the Strathmore sketch card sampler I showed last week. I guess I've been working on smooth paper for so long that dealing with textured paper becomes an issue and most of the pieces in the sampler are quite rough.
I drew and rendered the Red Sonja above in the same manner as the recent Iron Man Sketch II sketch cards (Copics and Pigmas), but I decided pen or brush and ink would be the best option for dealing with the courser surfaces for the rest of the week.
This is the last of the Iron Man II marvel sketch cards. I really enjoyed doing them and posting them like this.
So, starting next Monday (March 8), I'll start posting more sketch cards, but this time it's anything goes as I won't be limited by the rules Marvel needed to put in place.
I expect that I'll be getting a few artist blanks for the Iron man II series in the not too distant. Not too sure that I'll leave 'em open as commissions or just draw all of 'em and see if anyone is interested afterwards. Either way, I'll let those take over the card a day when they arrive.
This week's redesign over at the Bendis Board was the Flash. I think it was grant Morrison who said that the Flash had a perfect costume and I really can't disagree. My late friend Mike Wieringo's version of the Flash is the one that comes to mind when the character is mentioned so my inclination is to draw the Flash thicker and more muscular than most people. That being said, I kept coming up with little more than variations on the Flash/Kid Flash costumes so i jumped at the first one that didn't completely suck and quickly wrapped it up.
Threw a few textures and a little blur to polish my lame attempt up and violá!
I mentioned the other day that I'd really like to continue with posting something daily along the lines of the Marvel sketch cards I did for Upper Deck. I popped into my local art supply yesterday to see what they had. I was thinking along the lines of something postcard sized, but they only had cold-pressed watercolour paper in pads for that. They had a display rack of these Artist Trading Cards. I've seen them before but was never interested enough to look at 'em before. I bought a sampler and two using stock I'm reasonably familiar with.
I had a real laugh when I read the back of the package and what was printed on the reverse. It's a movement? Really?
Anyway -- decided to start off with the sampler using one of the vellum finish cards. Here's the actual size:
Never have been a fan of vellum finish. It's okay to draw on, but it always feels like it's tearing if I ink with a nib. DC used have a really nice hard toothy paper before I started working in comics that I really liked inking on, but I've never seen the like in an art supply store. It was like coquille board, but a little smoother.
I dug out the old Hunt nib, some Higgins Eternal (which was even less opaque out of the jar than I remembered) and went to it.
Here's a way big scan!
Thinking about some sort of schedule for this I believe I'm going to aim for daily Monday to Friday. I'll let these take over from the ending Marvel cards next Monday. I'd like to get a few cards ahead so if a deadline looms or I get ill or something I can still keep these going.
Beginning the last week of my posting these with a rather mediocre Ms. Marvel. The remaining four get better as they go. I got too sloppy and rushed with the hair and inking as I rushed through the last few to meet the deadline.
I'm thinking I might try to continue something like this next week. Either more sketchcards or maybe postcards to allow for slightly larger drawings.