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Cow according to Ken Hultgren

23 Oct

I like how Ken Hultgren draws his cartoon cows. I based this digital colored pencil drawing on the example in his book The Art of Animal Drawing.

cow

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Batman

23 Oct

batmanTweet by John Siuntres

So johnwordballoon, is this batman, a man in the form of a baseball bat?

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Buzz-Kill and Crackpot illustration, part 1

23 Oct

This is a rough approximation of a title illustration I’m preparing for a personal project. The actual result will be quite different, though. More stylized, less realistic.

Buzz-Kill and Crackpot, part 1

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Adam Curry, part 2

23 Oct

I can appreciate why comics creators rather not design new characters. It is a lot of pain before you get it right. A lot of lazy sketching and not so lazy sketching.

Adam Curry, part 2

The doodle at the right top was done in pencil. The caricature was done with Faber-Castell brush pen, scanned and digitally retouched and colored.

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Beardus Maximus fan art, day 18

23 Oct

What have a troll, an elf and a dinosaur in common? No idea, but it was an idea that cropped up in my mind when I thought of fan art for Rebootus Maximus, the comic book with strips from PC Weenies, a web comic made by Krishna Sadasivam.

Beardus Maximus fan art, day 18

Krishna has picked up the challenge from his fellow cartoonists to grow a beard. For every copy of Rebootus Maximus that is purchased via his website, he will delay the shaving by one day. See also the blog post with his pledge, and the blog post which shows how much days still remain (Beardus Maximus Progress Meter).

To support the artist I decided to draw a comic that has either something to do with beards or with PC Weenies, for as long as there’s a hobo in the making on Krishna’s firm chin. This both gives me the opportunity to give something back to the artist, and to improve my skills as a comics creator.

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John C. Dvorak

23 Oct

John C. Dvorak

Originally uploaded by insidetwit

I thought it would be fun to share with you how I try to develop a character from a reference photo. Bear in mind that I’m just a beginning artist (only seriously pursuing art since January 2009)

John C. Dvorak, part 1

The first thing I did was to draw straight from observation. That didn’t turn out very well. The eye were too high in the face, and the mouth only a tad too low. The second sketch reflected that. In the next sketch I went back to the original, and tried to capture some of the features. The last sketch (which I inked) is a first attempt to stylize, make it more symbolic and less realistic. The goal is to develop a character to put in a comic strip.

All this took perhaps 45 minutes (I’m just guessing, because I didn’t time it). Now I have to let it sink all in, use some other reference material, and have the stylized character reflect some of John’s public persona as a “cranky geek”.

Guess who is going to be the second character? It certainly won’t be Buzz Kill, because he’s already in it.

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