Friday, 23 April 2010

Sketch Card for April 23- Buffy Week 5/5

And Buffy wraps the week!
With seven seasons and so many cool-looking bad guys and new cast members added over time, I would bet there's gonna be more Buffy weeks i the future!


Thursday, 22 April 2010

Wednesday, 21 April 2010

Sketch Card for April 21- Buffy Week 3/5

Good old Giles. Someone sure did mangle those glasses of his!

I actually "lost" the pencils as I built the values and should have redrawn them in before drawing the frames.

Copic Ciao & Multiliner markers on 2.5x3.5" smooth Strathmore Bristol.


Monday, 19 April 2010

Sketch Card for April 19 - Buffy Week 1/5

Since I'm re-watching Buffy while showing it to my son for the first time, I decided I'd do sketchcards of the cast from the first season. As much as I liked the character, I never found him believable as a high-school kid - considering he's only three years my junior and was around 28 when he started playing the 16-year old kinda stacked the deck against him.

I started another version of the card while still rather ill last week, couldn't get the mouth right and gave up in frustration, as you can see:

See ya tomorrow!

Friday, 16 April 2010

Dr. Sketchy's - Frenchie Fatale and Paralee Pearl

Managed to get to a Dr. Sketchy's for the first time in a while -- two models that night! Frenchie Fatale and Paralee Pearl were great models and an interesting study in contrasts.
Just before the evening started, Sketchy photog, Brynne was standing around in some decent light, so I did a few very quick gestures.
When the models came out, we started with the usual 1-minute gestures.
Then there were the 5-10 minute poses.

I wrecked one of the nicer drawings I did with my Sketchy challenge entry; drawing on the back of a nice conté drawing with Copics on sketchbook paper isn't the best of ideas.

Won a very obscene graphic novel that ends in Waffles, so it was almost worth it. Won't post the winning entry as it had yet another giant penis gag.

Sketch Cards for April 15 & 16 - The Batman 4 & 5/5

I should have mentioned I was going to do something different for the last two Batman sketch cards this week. I was going to post some of the doodles and sketches from this past Monday's Dr. Sketchy's event and mention just that, but I was under the weather yesterday (and still am today) and just never got 'round to scanning the Sketchy's sketches.

So, anyway -- here's 4/5, guest-starring Two-Face. . .

And here's 5/5, also guest-starring Two-Face!

And here's the reason why I posted both today:

I did few like these for the various Marvel Masterworks sketch cards -- was careful to make sure any given card would have something for the person opening them. I've heard them called puzzle cards, which works for me.

No idea what I'm doing for next week's sketch cards. I'll probably post the Sketchy's stuff later today or Monday.

Wednesday, 14 April 2010

Sketch Card for April 14 - The batman 3/5

Holy five-o'clock shadow!

I always figured Bruce would often forget to shave while working on a case, and, since most of his work would be at night, that stubble would be pretty advanced for such a testosterone-powered superhero.

Not sure Alfred could stop Master Bruce from leaving without a quick shave. . . .

Tuesday, 13 April 2010

Sketch Card for April 13 - The batman 2/5

Trying for a more painterly approach. I thought it apropos for Batman in the rain. Still falls short of the sort of rain John Romita jr. draws.

Monday, 12 April 2010

Sketch Card for April 12 - The batman 1/5

Starting off with a pretty vanilla batman portrait. Kinda fun to cut loose with sketchy comic-style rendering after the really careful tonal studies of the Beatles last week. Might try something like that with Bats this week.

Friday, 9 April 2010

Thursday, 8 April 2010

Sketch Card for April 8 - Beatles 3/4

He was my favourite Beatle as a kid; probably because of HELP. Always been a bit of a sucker for the hapless hero/victim story and he was the perfect choice to play that in that goofy little film.

Sketch Card for April 7 - Beatles 2/4

Paul. Based on the Richard Avedon series again. This is the second attempt -- the first one came across too much like a caricature as I drew the eyes too large.

These ones are all drawn on 2.5x3.5" Strathmore Plate Bristol, using pencil, Copic Markers and a Uniball ballpoint. I make such large scans because I like to see all my mistakes really BIG!

Next: Ringo!

Tuesday, 6 April 2010

Sketch Card for April 6 - Beatles 1/4

Love the Beatles.
Love Richard Avedon's B&W photos of them.
With this week only getting four days for sketch cards, the Fab Four seemed like a natural.

Copying the photos in this manner is akin to a master study in many ways; I'm not trying to make new art or interpret as much as study the values and try for a likeness on a very small scale.

The original photographs for this week's cards are the property of Richard Avedon, of course.

The Last 3 Invincible Cards

Copics got fully loaded and the last three Invincible cards got scribbled upon. . .

Invincible. . .

Atom Eve. . .

. . .and Battle Beast

The characters from Robert's world have been lucky to have had a similar visual treatment through their lives. It feels odd to draw them without trying to ape the styles of the two primary artists from the series. I feel my second take on Mark is better -- and would get better with more practice. Eve looks a too old here. Battle Beast was just fun - -the helmet was a last second addition since he looked too much like a lion with braids as it was.

Yeah, I could dig drawing some fight-crazed lion-man comics. . . .

Friday, 2 April 2010

Sketch Card for April 2 - Alien 5/5

Captain Dallas has one of the best beards in SF! Tom Skerrit was one of my favorite actors after this. I wouldn't be surprised if this is one of the reasons I wanted to grow a beard even before I developed fuzz on my upper lip.

The past week using all this photo reference was fun and I loved flipping through that old Alien photonovel. I'm thinking I'll come back to this later and get around to Kane, Lambert, The Alien Pilot, the alien itself and. . . Jonesy? Well, the cat would make five.

Next Monday I'll be posting the three Invincible sketchcards from last week. I decided to take a bit of a break and take the Monday off. The rest of the week will be a series of four cards.

Thursday, 1 April 2010

Sketch Card for April 1 - Alien 4/5


Sketch Card for March 31- Alien 3/5

Ash -- played by the always brilliant Ian Holm. I was so freaked out by his reveal as an android the first time I saw the movie. Until they said what he was I thought he was another sort of alien.

Yesterday and most of today were essentially lost as far as touching the sketchcards, luckily the long weekend is coming and I. . . hang on! I'm a freelancer, I don't get long weekends. . . .