Tag Archives: Faber-Castell

Live drawing on Ustream on February 20, 2010

21 Feb

Just wanted to let you know that on my other blog, Pencilcast, there is a post about a live drawing I did on Ustream. Click on the image to go there.

drawn live on February 20, 2010


Beardus Maximus fan art, day 23

28 Oct

This ink drawing is loosely based on this photo by bitterlemon, made on the Alternative Press Expo 2009.

The drawing is made to support the sale of the collected trade comic book of PC Weenies, a webcomic by Krishna Sadasivam, for Geeks and people who can tolerate them.

Beardus Maximus fan art, day 23

Challenged by his fellow comics creators and while he even doesn’t like it, Krishna grows a beard. Read more about it, and how you can support the artist in this post on his blog. Basically, for each copy of the trade comic book “Rebootus Maximus” sold through the website Krishna won’t shave for a day. Let him look like a hobo and freak out his wife, who is currently on family visit for a few months in India.

Process: The drawing was penciled with blue Pentel lead and inked with Faber-Castell brush pens (big the regular and big size). Once scanned, the blue lines were removed (CMYK separation) and the grays of the ink were converted into pure black and white, using Levels.

That is all.

Big Art & Story Party Time

28 Oct

Inspired by listening to the crossover show between the Art & Story and Big Illustration Party Time podcasts, called the Big Art & Story Party Time, I drew this piece of text art.

Big Art & Story Party Time

It took me as long to create as the listening time of Art & Story Party Time, part 6. I first penciled, then inked using both the small and big version of the Faber-Castell brush pen.

That is all.

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.

That is all.

Mark Rudolph (part 2b)

1 Oct

Just some random doodle I made.

Mark Rudolph, part 6

I guess if you’re obsessed enough with a subject you can draw it without reference. It becomes almost iconic. In fact, I think it IS iconic. This mental picture of a subject seems important if you want to change it into something else, like a Samurai fighter, a barbarian, and yes, even a dog.

I also think passion and obsession is the only way to draw art that people want to watch. It has to speak from the heart or be silent. There seems to be nothing in between. That is very Yoda of me to claim: “Do or do not. There is no try.”

Where would we be without Star Wars?

That is all.

We love the Art and Story Podcast

1 Oct

Some fan art for one of my favorite podcasts.

We love the Art and Story podcast

I think the Art & Story podcast is the best podcast for people who want to make their own comics. Hosts Jerzy Drozd and Mark Rudolph are two professional published comic book creators, who also self-publish. Jerzy is very energized, while Mark is more laid back. This contrast in character is very entertaining, while you actually learn something from the conversation between these two experienced artists. That is probably because both Mark and Jerzy teach comics in schools and community centers, so they know how to bring it to people who are new to comics creation. They teach you how to tell stories using images and text. The subjects may be comic nerdy at times, but it is never boring. Occasionally, Mark and Jerzy have a studio guest or a guest on Skype, someone who knows more about comics or related subjects than the hosts.

Because this podcast isn’t about the latest news in mainstream comics, the episodes have a much longer shell life than your average podcast about comics. You really should go back into the archives, or if you want to know something particular, use the search function on the website. It is very likely the subject has been discussed in one of the earlier episodes. And if not, feel free to contact Jerzy or Mark. See the website for contact details.

That is all.

Mark Rudolph (part 2)

30 Sep

Sometimes you can get obsessed by a drawing, especially if you were mentioned in a podcast (Art & Story Extreme!!) by one of the people you’re trying to immortalize as a cartoon character. No pressure, though.

Today I wanted to make a better cartoon character version of Mark, somewhat closer to the Asterix and Obelix universe. I tried all kinds of things, even removing the perspective from the reference photo. Although it was interesting to know how you can visualize a head inside a cube, and how perspective works, it didn’t help me create a better cartoon version of Mark.

So I drew several versions of the reference photo, until I found one that came pretty close. A bit frustrated by the lack of progress, I took a short break, and from across the room I saw the sketches on a piece of paper. Because I looked at it from an angle, the flat paper was foreshortened. From afar and in that perspective view, that version looked much better.

I tried to recreate what I saw with an image editor (GIMP), by distorting the scanned sketch with the perspective tool. This tool presents you with four corners on your image. Dragging the corners distorts the pixels into some kind of perspective view. Like this.

Mark Rudolph, part 3

The upper sketch is the distorted version, and the lower the original. I guess the perspective tool can be useful at times.

The widest part of the face is halfway the nose, and the eyes are somewhat smaller and closer together. This means the lower part of the face has to become bigger, while the relative amount of area of the upper part shrinks.

I tried to incorporate that observation into a cartoon face, and after several attempts, I settled on this face. It isn’t entirely what I wanted, but it’s pretty close. It still has to be reworked into the style of Asterix and Obelix (drawn by Albert Uderzo), and then Mark has to change into a dog, which should look like Mark if he were a dog.

Mark Rudolph, part 4

Integrating the features into a new character and still have some resemblance with the original means you have to keep looking at your reference material, while stylizing the drawing at the same time. Unfortunately I can’t describe it better than this: stare at reference photo, visualize the stylized version (using the rules of thumb you established), start drawing, and hope for the best. This drawing was the sixth attempt. I have never done this before, and I guess it will get easier with practice.

I’ve spent around five hours of my life on these sketches. It can be frustrating at times, so you have to really do have to like it to keep going.

I think I should use different reference material, because it’s hard for me to get any more out of the one fuzzy photo I used. On Art & Story Video there are some videos with Mark and Jerzy, which I going to watch for reference.

More to follow in part 3.