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Making of “Beardus Maximus fan art, day 12”

17 Oct

I decided to share some of the artwork I did for day 12 of the Beardus Maximus fan art project, which I enjoy immensely. I can only hope people keep buying copies of the comic book Rebootus Maximus by Krishna Sadasivam.

I did no digital manipulation. This is how the files rolled off the scanner. The only thing different is that I scanned at a low resolution (72 dpi instead of the normal 300 dpi).

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Due to legalese, I can’t share the reference photo, but I’m sure you can find it through an image search quite easily, as I did.

The first sketch was just a rough pencil sketch, trying to explore the subject. The next sketch was already an attempt to construct something, using the photo only as a reference. In the third sketch I replaced Marty McFly with Bob Weiner. In the fourth sketch I used a piece of tracing paper, and traced sketch number 3 with a Micron pen, adding small refinements.

After I scanned the traced drawing, I did a threshold (only black and white) and some retouch. The layer mode was set to multiply, and a white layer put underneath. Color on that new layer will now appear as the same color on the computer screen and in the final result. I used the magic wand to select areas in the scanned layer, expanded them one pixel, and filled the layer underneath within that selection. This prevents most (if not all) closure errors.

That is all.


Beardus Maximus fan art, day 12

17 Oct

Doc has just driven the Delorean past  55  88 mph with the flux capacitor activated. Bob is just glad he wasn’t hit by a car.

Beardus Maximus fan art, day 12

Such a nice cross-over between PC Weenies and Back To The Future.

This fan art is made for one purpose only, to save Krishna’s beard, read more about it in this blog post.

That is all.

Soap-o-rama strip

17 Oct

Soap-o-rama strip

That previous blog post, especially the note at the end gave me an idea for a strip. So what’s a soap opera all about? Jeff wants something. He gets it. Then he looses it. Will he get it again next time? TV eats brains. Or put more mildly: most things on TV are unpretentious entertainment.

The drawings were done with pencil and brush pen on paper, scanned in, brought into GIMP, where I created the balloons and text.

That is all.

D’oh – Why creative individuals don’t share

17 Oct

Listening to the Art & Story Extreme!! podcast of last Friday, appropriately called Friday! with Jerzy Drozd and guest host Sara Turner I both heard that Jerzy is reading my posts (yay!) and the main reason why creative individuals are having a hard time to share. How could I have forgotten this? Brain freeze? Luckily, there are always others to help me get rid of ideas that not completely match reality.

Most (if not all) people don’t know how they create ideas in the first place. Creativity isn’t something you think. There is a logic to it, but it is not the logic of reason. It is the logic of loose association. It’s seems this part of the brain has only few connections to the part that does the speech. This means it is hard to describe how you actually come up with ideas while they form in your mind. You would need special equipment and a team of specialists to measure the processes going on in the brain.

Even so, there is some connection. This means it is possible to start the creative process consciously, and more importantly, to stop it.

Why is stopping important? Well, once the brain has done something creative, it is hard to recreate the exact same experience. If you’re not recording your creative ramblings as they happen, e.g. by drawing or writing, the effort is lost. Being creative without using it is a big waste, especially if you know that you can only be creative during the day for a certain time. Remember that coming up with new ideas is hard, so use your creative juices wisely. In short: if you’re not creating, don’t think about creating. Go do something uncreative, like watching television (*note).

I also have read and heard several strategies how to start the creative process. There isn’t a switch to turn creativity on (at least, not one I know of), but you can bring yourself into a state of creativity with certain rituals and exercises.

This requires another blog post I haven’t written yet. It requires more preparation than the straight brain dump you’re reading right now.

That is all.

(*note): There seems to be an actual use for soap operas on television. The bad acting and easy-to-follow plots make it easy to turn off your brain and relax. If you want to be focused, don’t forget to relax. The more relaxed you are, the more focused you can be when it matters.

I’m here to make you look cool! – part 2

17 Oct

I'm here to make you look cool! - part 2

This comic is to show that there really is no barrier for entry. Anyone can draw a comic, even if you have very little experience, like yours truly.

After I penciled the page without any preparation, I inked it with a Micron and small and big brush pen. The pencil markings were erased with a kneaded eraser, the drawing was scanned, put through a threshold filter and corrected. It was mostly hand-done, with some slight modifications on the computer.

That is all.