Archive for June, 2009

Tools of The Trade

June 21, 2009

AllTools2Ok, I’ve been meaning to put this post together for quite some time. I love seeing what other artists use, so here’s a little somethin’ somethin’ regarding some of my favorite traditional tools.

It’s good to be versatile but I don’t like to be bogged down by a tackle-box load of junk. I have a simple set of tools that I enjoy. I’m not going to talk about erasers or sharpeners here, just some of the junk that makes me all happy & stuff.

Col-Erase Sketches

Col-Erase Sketches

As you can see, there are no graphite pencils shown here. For pencils I use Prismacolor Col-erase. These work great for me since I’m not big on blending and such. I switch between Blue, Violet, Terra Cotta & Brown. The Blue & violet scan pretty well. And yes, the blue does scan. The Terra Cotta & Brown work well together if you start with the Terra Cotta, which is pretty light… then come back in with the Brown to punch up some lines and such. I don’t necessarily use these because they erase, I really like the line variation I can get- as well as the anti smudging qualities. Note: I don’t color my art with these. I sketch & draw.

Prismacolor Col-Erase

Prismacolor Col-Erase

Pitt Pen Sketches

Pitt Pen Sketches

I’ve been doing a lot of straight pen sketching lately. It’s really great practice since you have to commit to your lines. As for pens, I’ve tried a lot of pens. Currently I’m in love with Faber-Castell Pitt Pens. They are waterproof, lightfast & all that good stuff. But most of all, I enjoy sketching with them. There are several different tips, including a brush, but I only really use the S & F sizes.

PittPens

PittPens

The tips are shaped in such a way that you can tilt the pen a bit to vary your lines for some “Thick & Thin” action. To change things up a bit I also like to use an Itoya Doubleheader Calligraphy pen. This of course produces some nice, dark, chiseled shapes & varied lines. I really like the Itoya DH, but it’s not waterproof. Additionally I recommend trying the long, thin Stabilo pen shown. It just feels nice in your hand and produces thin, crisp lines. Oh, and let’s not forget the wonderful and versatile Sharpie. The sharpie is the only pen I am able to produce true thick & thin lines with. I don’t have the patience to use the Crow Quill pens that many comic artists use, but a good sharpie can do a pretty swell job.

Itoya Doubleheader Sketches

Itoya Doubleheader Sketches

The clipboard shown way up top is pretty handy. I have sketchbooks I use, but slapping some copy paper on a clipboard is freeing in some strange way. Some of my favorite sketches were done on cheap copy paper. It’s great to have your work contained, but sometimes sketchbooks can feel a little too precious. The whole idea of sketching is to study, loosen up, and explore. If you find yourself being overly cautious, I recommend buying a block of copy paper and a clipboard. Preferably the legal sized board (not letter). The extra length comes in handy- as you can prop the board with your lap or hip and the paper is still high enough to draw on without having to hunch over. You’ll see.

So, that’s it for right now. I hope some folks find this info helpful or interesting. The next Tools&Tips post will be about some of the books I find useful & inspiring.

MyFX Forum Challenge

June 12, 2009

alien2hsmlI joined in on this weeks challenge themed: Illegal Alien. I didn’t think I would come up with anything, but alas I did.

On the left is one I started but ran out of time. Meet Eddie Mugsworth, aka Gippy da’ Creep. Relatively well known in the theft rings for slipping out the back door with everybody’s goods. Best known for his troublesome infatuation with Female Earthlings. In fact, right now he’s supposed to be on look-out duty for Fiona!… Oh Gippy… Distracted yet again.

The bottom image I finished enough to enter. Meet Fiona… Intergalactic Diamond thief. Daughter of the legendary Albert Novik, aka Stealth McGrabby. Fiona may have just been caught with her hands in the cookie jar but she’s gotten out of far stickier situations. If there are police around, then there’s a shiny, high speed shuttle waiting to be hijacked.

Final

Adventuregoat Comic

June 10, 2009

It is time… It’s time for me to hunker down and do what I keep saying I want to do. It’s time for Adventuregoat! I have the beginning of the story pretty well mapped out. So what am I waiting for? Well, I haven’t exactly been sitting on the pot here. I’ve been searching for a simple character, a character that’s cute and easy to draw. This evening I sketched at my desk for a few hours and got the ball rolling. Also, earlier in the day I explained the basics of the story to Michelle and it flowed right out. It made sense… and explaining it even got me excited. It’s time!

Here are a few rough sketches. Nothing I’m too excited about, but progress none the less.Goat Sketches