Tag Archives: TWIT

TWiT – PC Weenies crossover

15 Oct

A crossover between PC Weenies and This WEEK in TECH can only occur in comics.

TWiT - PC Weenies crossover

Save Krisha’s beard, buy his comic.

That is all.


Drawing Leo Laporte, part 22

14 Oct

Another attempt at drawing Leo Laporte, this time as a cartoon character.

Leo Laporte, part 38

That is all.

Drawing Leo Laporte, part 21

24 Jul

It has been more than a month that I drew Leo Laporte, so I decided to draw Leo from a screenshot I took from the live feed on live.twit.tv. I used color pencil for the underdrawing and inked with both a Micron pen and a reed pen, using Indian ink.

Drawing Leo Laporte, part 21

I decided to add some lettering as well, and a TWiT critter on Leo’s shoulder.

That is all.

Some ideas about realism with THErealFROGMAN, part 6

14 Jul

Ok, this starting to get a bit out of hand. THErealFROGMAN is even realer than earlier. That may seem an ideal to aspire to some, but for me, who wants to draw comics, it isn’t.

THErealFROGMAN, take 6

I’m learning a lot about line width and crosshatching. It is powerful stuff I haven’t even scratched the surface of. It also reminds me of engraving, where you use lines to indicate shading and vary your color values in colored prints.

Now I come to think of it, many of the techniques I see in black-and-white print comics bear resemblance with woodblock printing, or linoleum block printing. Comics have come from book illustration in a time before offset printing.

The advantage of such crude techniques is that the artist needed to simplify his artwork, which coincidentally also strengthens the readability, and –if the artist has done his homework– the communicative value of the artwork. Making the art more stylized makes the art less specific and gives the viewer more room for interpretation.

It is too bad that in modern comics the art has become so realistic. It is as if being picked up by the movie studios is more important than inspiring your readers. Ah well, who pays most gets most. Comic books are sold for less money than what they are worth. On the other hand, relying on a dying industry (read: Hollywood and the MPAA) isn’t a good thing on the long term for mainstream comic book companies. If they continue on their chosen path, they will go the way of the Dodo as well.

So, making it less real, and more stylized will improve the drawing, in the sense that it will appeal more to the viewer, and lend itself better to be included in a comic strip. Of course, that is also so much harder to do.

Perhaps I should pick up my linoleum block printing tools from long ago, to force myself to draw in a certain, more stylized way.

That is all.

THErealFROGMAN from another angle

6 Jul

I wanted to learn how to draw a character from another angle, so I used the cartoon of THErealFROGMAN I did yesterday. The initial sketch was done in red pencil, then blue pencil and finally black pencil. The lot was scanned and digitally separated, cleaned, and colored.

theREALfrogman, take 2 (rough sketch)

For some reason, the final version misses something of the immediacy of the rough sketch. I’ve heard that often enough, even from professional cartoonists, comics artists and animators. I guess that simply means the rough sketch leaves more room for the viewer to imagine, so it has more appeal.

theREALfrogman, take 2

On the other hand, this only seems to apply on artists, who know much hard work it takes to create something from nothing. Most people prefer the final version, that doesn’t have the unfinished look and feel and is easier to “read” (recognize). Most people don’t care about art, but look for appeal, what speaks to them, not how the product was made. Artists care about process, about the journey, not the destination.

Ah well, you can’t please everyone at the same time, it seems.

That is all.

My take on THErealFROGMAN

5 Jul

The website maintainer of TWiT Army Canteen is called the Frogman, aka thefrogman or TheREALfrogman. I decided to make a sketch of him. This is the least I can do, because he is so gracious in making time available to keep the website running.

My take on theREALfrogman

Thanks for all the hard work you do every day, frogman!

That is all.

Leo Laporte likes to play it safe

29 Jun

I guess you all heard Leo Laporte goes to China for a couple of weeks. On several TWiT podcasts (especially MacBreak Weekly) it has been suggested that Leo runs the risk of being held into protective custody for an indefinite period, and that Scott Bourne has to hire some commandos to get him free.

Leo Laporte likes to play it safe

Leo is taking no chances. Suddenly he’s no journalist, he likes man with neck beards (which he erroneously calls “throat beards”). However, he doesn’t like them too much either, because that would possibly give the wrong impression.

Bon voyage, Leo.

That is all.

(The above story is fictional. A resemblance with any individual living in the present or past, either in name or likeness is purely coincidental.)