Archive for December 2011
TothPix: Bikini BoomA couple great stand-along panels/illustrations by Toth, not sure for what he did these, but they're cool, drawn solely with markers by the looks of it. Nice composition, figures, shadows, crosshatch tone, folds, cropping & characters. Super cropping on this second, too. The clothing folds boldly rendered with thick marker - no messing around. The spotted blacks/shadows create interesting shapes and patterns. As is usual, Toth varies his textures (grass, sidewalk, purse, fur, crosshatch skirts) to avoid flatness. The tiny marks and jots in the grass and on the sidewalk also lead the eye through the drawing, mirroring patterns and motifs of other elements.
Alphabeasts: I is for ImpOnce I'd decided to draw an Imp creature for my Alphabeast entry this week, I knew I wanted to keep it simple - no composition, no black areas, just character and goofy fun. I began with a quick blue line rough in Manga Studio. Nice and loose, but the gesture and construction is there. I was shooting for a rough look on the finished piece, so tried inking with the brush tool in MS, but didn't like the look at all (above). So I inked with the pen tool as usual. I think I lost something in the tongue and while the hands are still expressive, I wish I'd done better. I added some details as I'd intended and some that came to me while inking. I changed the swoop of the tail. Since I gave up the rough look in the inks, I decided to give the colors a rough, chalky look. Though some coloring was done flat initially, and I used the opacity flow marker tool in Photoshop, the chalk tool was used for the rest, whether darkening areas as I modeled or lightening for highlights. I colorized most of the lines but kept his eyes and hair black to pop 'em.
I wanted a general light fleshy tone, pink in particular spots, a yellowish cast to the lighter areas. The purple-blue shadow was the final touch to balance the mainly warm tones used throughout. He turned out fun! But...NSFW?
Alphabeasts is a 26-week project, a blog where artists of all types and stripes contribute a mythical beastie any old way that suits them, as long as it's a new drawing or sketch of a creature whose name begins with the letter for that week. Check out a cornucopia of crazy creatures by an amazing array of artists at the Alphabeasts archive, and be sure to check in every Monday.
I know - not so cheery. Just an image/idea that came to me, though I'm not particularly feeling Christmas stress this year - I can't afford to. C'mon, even Santa has to take the edge off as the Dreaded Deadline Doom looms....
With a lot of my drawings lately I've planned them for color, but sometimes like the black & white art better. Not so with this one. It works all right, but seems way too busy to me. The dramatic, muted flat color helps simplify the piece some. It began simpler, with a very rough pencil, leaving much of the drawing again left for the inking stage. As I drew, I added detail and busy-ness - too much, as I said.
My Life According to XTC
I grabbed this from my Facebook Notes, an exercise/game using only song names from one artist/band to the answer the questions below. I chose my second favorite band to describe My Life According to XTC:
From a super-cool site, Sleeveface; this one by Wolfgang Egberts and Antonia Jenner
- Are you a male or female: The Man Who Sailed Around His Soul
- Describe yourself: The Mayor of Simpleton
- How do you feel: Burning With Optimism's Flames
- Describe where you currently live: Playground
- If you could go anywhere, where would you go?: Desert Island
- Your favorite form of transportation: That Wave
- Your best friend?: Brainiac's Daughter
- You and your best friends are: Stupidly Happy
- What's the weather like: Season Cycle
- Favorite time of day: Ballet For A Rainy Day
- If your life was a TV show, what would it be called: Easter Theatre
- What is life to you: We're All Light
- Your fear: Cynical Days
- What is the best advice you have to give: Knuckle Down
- Thought for the Day: Don't Lose Your Temper
- How I would like to die: In Another Life
- My soul's present condition: Train Running Low on Soul Coal