Archive | July, 2009

Slave Leia, part 8

28 Jul

Of course, the previous drawing couldn’t continue its way into the oblivion of being forgotten by the artist on purpose, without at least one retry, so I could perhaps learn something from it. I penciled this one completely from memory, with the exception of the weapon. I peeked a little bit at the original reference photo, although not too closely.

Slave Leia, part 8

I first roughly sketched her pose with a true-line, a line true the core of her body (or where her body is supposed to be. That didn’t work out completely, but it helped me to get there 80 percent. That last 20 percent was just hard work by drawing, redrawing and re-evaluating the overall pose.

If you look closely, you can see I used a body length of five heads, giving her a more teenage appearance. I tried to accentuate that by placing the eyes a little bit higher in the head than you would when drawing an adult. On the other hand, I took great care to make her legs longer than half the her body length, which is more like the proportions in an adult woman. I think this combination works great in comics.

In hindsight, I could have given her a somewhat broader hips, not much, just a tad. Drawing is often about those seemingly frivolous details, not because of a nerdy deposition of the draftsperson (although it helps), but because such details are unconsciously noticed by others. It says something non-verbally about your character.

I guess if you design a character you have to weigh all these factors, visualize it, and then draw like crazy to get the right feel in your motor neuron memory (aka muscle memory).

In short, it is a lot of work, and you really have to like doing it, if you want to keep doing it. Drawing comics art is not for the lazy among us. But if you’re eager to work hard, long hours, and curious about the world, other artists and learning new things, you have what it takes to draw comics.

That is all.

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With great freedom comes great responsibility

28 Jul



Steps to Freedom

Originally uploaded by coruscantcouture

I used this photo as my reference for a new drawing. It has the title “Steps to Freedom”. I took the liberty to change the perspective. However, you have to think it through some more, otherwise you end up with an unusable drawing, like the one below.

Slave Leia, part 7

I can see why the photographer has chosen his point of view. He wanted all of Leia and her weapon to be in view. In the perspective I have chosen for my sketch, that is not really possible without making Leia really small (or draw on a very large piece of paper. There is a logic to picking a camera angle. As a draftsman you have the freedom to pick your own angle, but I guess you can’t just pick any angle. It has to make sense.

That is all.

Slave Leia, part 6

28 Jul

This version of Leia was particularly hard to do, because the pose is so familiar. I had to do a lot of tweaking after I had sketched and inked her.

Slave Leia, part 6

As always, there are things in the drawing left to be improved. This is, of course, the reality of an artist of any skill level, and the reason to get better at your art. At this moment it is the best I can do. I even go as far as to claim that it is as good as if I had traced this image from the original photo. Of course, I didn’t do that, nor did I use a grid. I used constructive drawing, which supposes that you have a deep understanding of your subject matter.

The drawing from start to finish was done in roughly 5 hours. That is not to impress you, but for myself. It seems that over the months you get these kinds of things done at a quicker pace. I just want keep track of that.

The face is kept cartoony on purpose. I don’t want it to look like the person in the photograph.

That is all.

Slave Leia, part 5

27 Jul

Here is another attempt to draw that great fictional character from the Star Wars universe, Leia, as a slave girl. This seems to be a popular subject among comics convention going photographers, which is fortunate, because it makes it so easy for me to get a variety of pictures of people cosplaying in front of the camera.

And I like the subject matter, not because of visual stimulation and obvious sex appeal of a scantily clad hot girl, but because of the beautiful design of the character, and the imaginative way people interpret the original costume of the movie. Anyway, if you want to get good at drawing Slave Leia, you have to step over the initial titillation and see the beauty of the lines and the design, otherwise you can’t draw her properly. Drawing is about putting lines on paper, not about salivating. I don’t draw with my tongue. At least, I don’t think I do.

Slave Leia, part 5

Of course, I you happen to like my drawings, because they make you feel good, don’t hesitate to come back. I really appreciate when others appreciate my art. Thanks!

The drawing was sketched as an underdrawing first in blue lead, inked with rollerball pen, scanned, cleaned up, and digitally colored in GIMP.

That is all.

Little Wonder Woman

27 Jul


Little Wonder Woman

Originally uploaded by San Diego Shooter

I decided to use this photo on the Flickr Blog to create a new drawing. Of course, I only used the photo as a reference, not as an exact copy to replicate. After sketches the underdrawing in blue color pencil, I inked the pencil lines and scanned in the result. AFter a clean up, I colored the character, using the photo as a reference for the colors.

Here is the result:

Little Wonder Woman cartoon

That is all.

Twitter Is Just Another Hole To Put Your Words In

26 Jul

The idea for the comic page came to me when I thought of how some people use Twitter as an excuse for not having to talk to people, while still communicating with people.

Twitter Is Just Another Hole To Put Your Words In

The page started as a colored pencil drawing, which I inked, scanned, lettered (in Inkscape) and colored (in GIMP).

That is all.

Bearded man

26 Jul

Here is another drawing pure from imagination. I wasn’t really worried about likeness, and just wanted to have some nice lines on the paper.

Bearded man

That is all.