Monthly Archives: January 2016

Kansas

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   Today’s image is of a sketch I made of Dean Winchester from the television show “Supernatural”. It’s part of a larger profile image; so right now I’m just practicing characters.

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    Even though my work tends to have a more graphic feel when I draw with a pen, I find that pencil work leaves me with a more realistic image. I drew Sam with pen, so Dean gets the alternative look. I’ll decide which is better.

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   Did I mention that I’m not using references? Yeah it’s MUCH harder because of that! I think I have a pretty good bead on their overall looks; making the resemblance transfer is the tricky part. I doubt I have that problem with Hank and Dean Venture, the other duo in my project.

Feel Good

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     I’ve started a new image and a new process. I’m drawing Optimus Prime! The beginning is easy; I start out with a basic wireframe style sketch to get the pose right, then fill in and make his basic shapes. A trick I picked up from my more technical design friends is to get a couple of shape stencils. These things are awesome!

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The stencil was a wise $5 investment

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       Once again the equipment given to me by Westwood College has been an enormous help. I’ve already laid down my lines, now I simply began to shade in my shapes with my prismacolor markers. Think of these surfaces as a collection of individual cubes. Pick your lighting source and direction. Shade accordingly.

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Finish allof one color, then work the next

      So far so good. To make sure I’m doing a good job at the colors, I have a test pad for my blends. After all, they need to compliment each other…

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Something metallic to reference light sources

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     Finally its time for the middle area. I decided against the chrome look and went for a flat metallic feel.

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That's just prime!

     Anyway, that’s my quick drawing of Optimus. I think I have a drawing of the Mighty Orbots in me soon. We’ll see…