Archive | February, 2009

Conan the Barbarian

24 Feb

I scanned a miniscule photo from a tv guide and used that to draw this image of Conan the Barbarian (played by Arnold Schwarzenegger) in Art Rage 2. I used Pixelmator to crop the image and do some minor cleanup (at the edges).

Conan the Barbarian

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Mandy Moore

24 Feb

I really can’t draw, that’s for sure, but at least I’m trying to get better at it. This was a traced image, by putting a magazine page on top of the Wacom tablet and drawing the outlines. The coloring was done in a separate layer, underneath the electronic pencil drawing.

I used Art Rage 2 for the drawing and Pixelmator for the image manipulation (cropping) and the lettering (which I traced with the pencil tool in Art Rage 2).

Mandy Moore

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Birth of a new avatar

23 Feb

After the New Zealand Blackout, the protest in which people darkened or made there avatars a black square, I decided it was time for something new on the TWiT Army Canteen.

This was the original cropped photo of my face I shot with a webcam.

Birth of a new avatar (1)

This was the first version, drawn in Art Rage 2, with the photo of my face as a template (drawn in the layer on top of the photo in 50 % transparency). The TWiT critter I extracted earlier from a screenshot of the TWiT Live website, and was added in Pixelmator, including the lettering.

Birth of a new avatar (2)

I wasn’t really satisfied with the first version, so I drew some extra’s on top of the first version in Pixelmator, and used the cloning tool to do some corrections on the part around the mouth I didn’t like.

Birth of a new avatar (3)

Mind you, my name on the TWiT Army Canteen is Purplebox, hence the initials PB.

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Fourth attempt at Project 1A

23 Feb

In the book “Keys to Drawing” by Bert Dodson, there is an exercise (the first in the book), which I have been trying to do for some time now. I believe that today is the first time I felt that I was doing the exercise correctly, and didn’t try to take any shortcuts.

My first serious attempt was on December 8, 2008, and it didn’t even look like I seriously tried. Wow, has it really been more than two months?

Fourth attempt at Project 1A

Anyway, I’ll continue to the next point in my list of key points, which is the difference between knowing and seeing. What you think something looks like, and how it looks in real life does never coincide, unless you’re a really, really good artist.

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Drawing Leo Laporte, part 12

22 Feb

I guess if I keep drawing Leo Laporte from his live Web stream on live.twit.tv, one day I will get good at it. With "it" I mean drawing from live images.

This was 40 minutes of observing Leo and trying to capture his expressions.

Drawing Leo Laporte - TTG 2009-02-22

If practice makes perfect, I still have a lot of practicing to do.

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TWiF – This WEEK in FUN

22 Feb

Sarah Lane and Martin Sargent host the live Internet video show "This WEEK in FUN".

These young people are very energetic, which means they are very hard to draw. I tried to draw them anyway. The sheet was scribbled in approximately 30 minutes.

TWiF - This WEEK in FUN

The result isn’t really good, but you could see it as 30 minutes of solid drawing, and that is never wrong. To be continued, I hope.

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Drawing Leo Laporte, part 11

21 Feb

30 minutes of doodles while watching the live stream of Leo Laporte The Tech Guy on February 21, 2009.

Drawing Leo Laporte - TTG 2009-02-21

I was still tired from a morning run of 28 km (in preparation of a Marathon in April), so I had to stop after 30 minutes.

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