April 21, 2011

Daily Sketch – April 21st, 2011

No commonality to cling to here. Face-pages like these are pretty much my default if I don’t wind up getting really excited about drawing a figure / character right away. I have version of these from when i was probably 7 years old. They look much different. ~ 40 minutes

April 20, 2011

Daily Sketch – April 20th, 2011

Yeesh. I like the figure on the right but the left one really got away from me. Ink is unforgiving in that respect. ~ 40 minutes

April 19, 2011

Daily Sketch – April 19th, 2011

I really like the face in the center, but the composition sort of fell apart with the character on the right. ~ 35 minutes

April 18, 2011

Daily Sketch – April 18th, 2011

1920’s heroin undead chic. Perfect. ~ 45 minutes

April 15, 2011

Daily Sketch – April 15th, 2011

I liked Tuesday’s (April 12th) sketch enough to try another in that same style. Didn’t turn out as good but I like the bandages and the ridiculous ‘brain replacement’ attachment on the head. I struggled with this one a bit ~ 100 minutes

April 14, 2011

Daily Sketch – April 14th, 2011

That is a rather huge forearm. I like the facial expression and her hair but yeah, that arm is hilarious in hindsight. ~ 45 minutes

April 13, 2011

Daily Sketch – April 13th, 2011

HR Giger

As Ridley Scott is (sort of) jumping back into the world of Alien this Spring, I began poking around the Internet for HR Gigers original concept art and practical set pieces for The Derelict and The Space Jockey. These remain some of my favorite images in all of cinema; the mystery wrapped up in the very brief introduction of that long-dead character lingers over the entire series. The age of the cockpit (as implied by it’s long dead occupant), the massive scale of the elephantine pilot, the orderly presence of the Alien egg-pods, all of it is overwhelmingly odd and wonderful.

April 12, 2011

Daily Sketch – April 12th, 2011

I like this one – it has the more theatrical presentation and narrative-based feeling that I’m shooting for. ~ 60 minutes

April 11, 2011

Daily Sketch – April 11th, 2011

I like the composition here. ~30 min

April 8, 2011

Daily Sketch – April 7th – 8th, 2011

When you see a bunch of gray and faint lines, that means I’ve screwed something up and gone over the bad lines / value with a white pencil, which mutes the blemishes, but doesn’t entirely mask them. For instance her lower arm was in rough shape, so I shortened the forearm, changed the positioning of the hand, ect. This sort of thing could be avoided if I spent more time with the pre-sketch (in gray marker), but sometimes it’s hard to gauge how things are going to turn out until you actually start laying lines down. ~60 minutes

April 6, 2011

Daily Sketch – April 6th, 2011

I had a good time drawing with the guys last night (see below) and am trying to do something similar here. ~ 60 minutes

April 5, 2011


Playing through Dead Space Extraction. It’s called a shooter ‘on rails’ which means you have no control over the camera, and are basically taken on a ride and required to shoot, grab and interact with things and people along the way. So far I’m getting a huge kick out of it; the camera becomes another character, realistically jerking and swaying as you run and duck, wearily panning around as you search for enemies, and flipping about as you’re attacked. While logic would dictate that this lack of control robs you of the immersive experience, I’ve found that it elevates the story, successfully directing your attention to key narrative points while simultaneously upping the sense of urgency and terror.

Daily Sketch – April 5th, 2011

Finally something I like! Drew this with some old work guy’s at Espresso Royale in Urbana. I typically struggle with mechanical rendering but really had fun with this. I’ll likely continue work on this next week, and will re-post my progress. ~60 minutes

Daily Sketch – April 5th, 2011

Yeesh, awful. I tried using pen and ink today and it did not go well. I considered not showing this one. You are welcome. ~30 minutes

April 4, 2011

Daily Sketch – April 4th, 2011

Things quickly went wrong with this Monday morning sketch. While I had fun with it after awhile it was initially a rough start to my week. ~30 minutes

April 3, 2011

Daily Sketch – April 3rd, 2011

I’ll likely continue work on this one a bit, as I think it might serve as a good rough for a painting. First step would be to feminize that hand on the girls shoulder.  In comics illustration those ‘x”s are typically used to denote areas where the inker should paint full black. Here I’m just making X’s. ~45 minutes