Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Phoenix - Jean Grey

Hey I finished something! .....well, again, sort of. I finished an experiment. I started this as part of one of many ways I was trying to do all these avatars I'm doing for a website......AND it was just an excuse to do a hot comic book character.....and I am a SUCKER for redheads. Clean-Up wasn't nearly as painful this time - although I did start from a physical sketch - not from my computer on this one. It's not exactly what I had hoped - but not bad.........not that good either though...........
AND of course I couldn't just do ONE sketch - I had to do TWO. This time I tried doing a more 'realistic comic book' style - I even inked it with a bush......and it wasn't awful......but it still SUCKED. At any rate it was a nice change. Once I'm done with all these avatars and a few other things - it's back to do some storyboards that I've been thumbnailing out here and there.....

On a side note: I did TRY and model both of these drawings on 'cosplay' favorite Ruby Rocket - who I see every year at Comic-Con - before I get trampled by drooling fan boys....

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Ecorche - Legs and Hips....



Having lost my full body ecorche model that I made at the Academy with Stephen Perkins in the Fires of 07, I've been lucky enough to find another course here in the rather bare San Diego County at Studio 2nd Street. This round the course focused on the legs and hips. At some time (in the fabled future) on my own I'm going to try building another full human body. At this time the sculpture is missing the tendons around the knees and some other details for the feet....which I'll get to ......someday.

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Back at the Pin-Up Board.....

For this post I thought I'd pull out my experiments. This is the stuff I'm working on when I should be working on other "more important" stuff......so, of course, it's a bunch of pin-ups.
As I have been racking my head with my trouble with clean-up, I thought I'd try a different approach and try a loose, more sketch like, clean-up. Still a work in progress, but so far it's been more pleasing than other tries.
On this girl I wanted to go in a more graphic style.....but that got a little lost in the end. I've used this girl's design numerous times, trying her out in different styles as I find them or think them up. Next up for this one is going to be putting her though vector. Vector drawing is another one of those things that I want and probably should master.....but oh how I HATE that damn pen tool and vector tools in general....going to be pulling my hair out on this....
Last, I have once again gone back to my Ms. Havok design. I just felt it could be stronger in design. I'm also still searching for that ever allusive 'finished' look, and it seemed to me that using Ms. Havok would work - allowing me a chance to try out a few processes.

Monday, December 15, 2008

@ the Donut Diner....

Well kids, at long last I've started back at working on my old comic strips .....from a near decade ago. While the writing has not improved (and I doubt many have anything near my strange black sense of humor), at least the drawings have come a long ways....and yet I'm still trying to find that right look for a true finish. Do I keep it "sketchy" or more of the slick clean-up look? 

I spent forever it seems on 'pushing' the pose, especially for Joe (for the Chainsaw Maniac I did less - as I wanted a more deadpan look).....but honestly I think it could have gone further. There's also a damn tangent with Joe's thumb in the last panel - son of a bitch!

Oh well....next time.....

Thursday, December 11, 2008

The Pain-In-The-Ass X-Mas Pic.....

I swear this has been the biggest pain-in-the-ass of late.....DAMN IT! It still doesn't look quiet right to me. I've tried walking away, take a break from it, work on something else AND still it has been nothing but a frustration.....like testing for a storyboard job all over again. 

I like digital, it allows for so much more editing.....but goddamn it, I can't for the life of me get a good finish out of it yet. Not that I could get a really great finish though traditional medium either........son of a bitch. Now I've got a headache AGAIN......