Sunday, April 26, 2009


Time for another update I guess.

Nothing great, just a patchwork of lifedrawing, sketchs and a Tezuka homage pic that I did for advanced inking. The Tezuka pic (hereafter referred to as failpic) came out kinda lame. Hopefully I'll be able to do something similar one day, but with an actual composition.

Next up is some life drawing I've did mostly this past Friday during a model session. I used a regular brush and ink. For the other pics I used a Pilot Hi-Tech C pen.Next up are some various sketches doing some problem solving and fleshing out.
I really want to try and use the kid in the left for something, but he's kinda hard to draw. Time to study some Dragonball...

Editor's day is coming up soon, and I'm kind of at loss for material (pages). I need more time than luck, so wish me some time!

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Finished assignment

Just finished up some stuff for Advanced Inking, it's a fun class with assignments that really challenge you. I guess that challenge comes from within as everything is left up to you. Most other classes are like that in Norris but maybe it's because I actually care about this class that I find myself doing a lot of work.

I drew this one out first, to get it out of the way. The theme for this picture was dancing, and all I could think about was judo.

I wanted to draw the everyone in an outside field/forest, with some hijinx going on in the background and maybe showing some more animals in the line, but there wasn't enough room (and I was working pretty big, 16x8).

This was done mostly in brush and inkwash. I used a round flat brush, made sure it was carryind diluted ink and then split the hairs to create the wood texture. That worked really well for the bottom floor as you can see. By lining them up horizontally and vertically you can get a cool natural cross hatch going on, which would look good on huts or weaves.

This was done while reading some good ol Hirohiko Araki (Jojo's Bizarre Adventure).
If you've never read it, I highly suggest doing so. IMMEDIATELY.

Anyway, compositionally, It was kind of a cool idea. I wish I could have made the background lights better, but the razor blade method I was working with... well it wasn't working.

The dude on the right is like a cross of a Jojo character, Alex from Street Fighter 3 and this one John Bauer painting (or was it Arthur Rackham). Could this be Bronze O'Hara? Think I'm gonna call him Rocky Bronze. (as in Bronze A'Rachi)

Contour lines were all brush, and the hatching was all nib, save for the feathering on the spot blacks in the wrestler's muscles.

On the right you've got Alexander McCarthur Bullet wondering exactly how he's gonna be able to punch that guy.

Friday, April 17, 2009

What powers you?

Let's say you wake up one morning.

You know it's gonna be a bad day just by looking at your bedsheets. Just as palm readers divine the secrets of fate from the wrinkles in your hand, the creases in your bedfabric tell you that your day is going to suck. You don't know how or why you know, but you just do.

If you take one step outside that door, the world, the ENTIRE. INFINITE. UNIVERSE. is going to bend backwards and roar at your insolence; the fact that you have the gall to live. And because of this, the world is going to do everything it can to make sure that this error is corrected. That you do NOT get through the day alive.

So what are you going to do? Stay in bed and let time erode the fabric that ties you to reality?
Or are you going to kick the universe outta the way and scream like the human you are because dammit you are alive and you are NOT gonna die?!

Well, those are some pretty dramatic conclusions... but what I would like is to know what it is that keeps YOU (yes, you) living from day to day.

For me (and everyone else in my comic), it is the drive to make my dream a reality; to become a comic book artist. Not just any artist, but the best damn shonen manga artist in the west. That drive is what I call "astropower."

So... are you astropowered?