Tag Archives: traditional media

Sick

image

  Haven’t felt well since I got home. Turned out I had the flu and a sinus infection! So I didn’t get to go to work, but still managed to draw a little. I feel like I’ve found my style when it comes to using markers and that makes me really happy. Even my inanimate objects are taking on a certain look

image

image

    See?

Whys and Wherefores

image

         I’m not sure why, but I took a little time to visit family down south. It’s not a regular habit; I’m there maybe twice a year. This trip though seemed… fun.

image

       So this picture is of a particularly fabulous cosplayer named mazikeen mornstar. If you ever read Vertigo’s “Lucifer” series, you’ll get it. She was EXTREMELY happy about it.

image

     I usually get two or three people asking me to do this for them. Honestly I have to be motivated as well, so it rarely happens.

image

   But this time I’m glad I did, because her reaction made it worthwhile. Again, I don’t do it often, but I think now I’ll offer it more freely.

image

Because the character has one side of her face ruined, I kept the theme. It was risky because you never know how some people will take something like that. She was a real trooper! Next time, let’s REALLY push the envelope….

It [doesn’t] Hurt

image

  Man it’s been plenty cold this week. I’ve been living on the road, working. Hotel time is drawing time, so I decided to do something to remind me of warmer climes.

image

     I’m getting better at drawing bodies at off angles. Practice helps, right?

image

       Again I use a three color process to set up my images. It helps me see what I have in mind and brings it out.

image

     There! Now I feel a little bit better. Sorry I didn’t write a whole lot about it, since I’m working offsite this week. Too bad I can’t be in Miami!

Feel Good

image

     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!

image

The stencil was a wise $5 investment

image

       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.

image

image

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…

image

image

Something metallic to reference light sources

image

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

image

image

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…

Concentrate

image

      I wish I could show you how much my life is affected by nightmares. There are a lot of days where everything is fine. I can take a lot at that time, few things bother me. But I’m not having peaceful nights.

image

       I have vivid nightmares connected to my service time. No, I won’t say what; just know that I wake up being completely terrified. I eventually become depressed. It’s a cycle and I dread it more than anything.

image

         Daytime helps. When I draw, I find it odd that whatever emotion I felt in those dreams come back. A lot of good has come to me through art. But when I first noticed this trend, I stopped drawing. Completely.

image

     Can you imagine? That’s like a duck moving into the desert! I just didn’t do anything that gave me a creative outlet.

image

       Finally I slowly began to start drawing again. Other artists began to challenge me and welcome me.

     The nightmares started after an 18 year gap.

      I went to therapy. I even took some time as an inpatient when I became suicidal. I’m not ashamed to say I needed the help, badly.

image

        Anyway I never will win that battle. I know that. It’s not a big deal anyway. I have goals about what I want to achieve that have nothing to do with who I was. I may not always be okay, but I can get past it.

image

It’s Too Bad About Me

image

    I’m trying to keep my sanity lately. My usual cycle is to feel better,  stop my meds then feel worse. But the good thing about#inktober is that it’s helping me with my perspective.

image

     Inking with brushes takes a lot longer than using pens! Still, I like knowing how to ink the old fashioned way.

image

        Sometimes the backgrounds take me even longer than the main image. My real job puts me in hotels occasionally, so I know what they look like. That means this one was easier.

image

        Oh and it will be nude. Did I mention that? Sorry I’m freshly medicated so my attention span is…off.

image

Diss[connect]

image

      It’s.#inktober! So for this month, I have to do a drawing in pen, marker or ink of some type everyday.

image

     Of course,  I’m not going to post each and every one,  though you’ll probably end up seeing them all. Plus it never hurts to practice a bunch…

image

      Its been tough though. First I injured a finger on my drawing hand.It became all swollen and discolored. The pain wasn’t too bad,  but I hated doing anything with it.

image

         Then my roof fell in in my kitchen! Apparently it had been built wrong to start with and came down with a crash. I’m scrambling now to install a new one.

image

     Despite all of the nonsense, I cranked out a picture a day without fail. More to the point I’m learning how to streamline my process.

image

        So that’s it for now. I’m learning a lot about the business side of art as well. Hopefully I will be able to put it to use soon!