Some process work to start my Thursday morning… Rough pencils: Inks: Color and Texture:
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Spending a few minutes sketching out some fancy pedal cars and an assortment of other vehicles. -Krishna
More color experimentation continues, with a wizard convention goer. Draw every day!
Experimenting with more inking and texture techniques, featuring Universal’s horror classic: The Wolfman!
It looks like two popular but defunct toy-inspired comics (ROM, Spaceknight and the Micronauts) will be making a comeback to comics in 2016. This is exciting – and I hope that the new comics live up to my ridiculously high expectations. With the image above, I was hoping to capture the faded and yellowed look of a comic book illustration from the time period. Halftone dots were added, as were subtle color registration “errors” to give the piece a more authentic look. -Krishna
More practice with lips and teeth. -Krishna
Sketching some female head studies, using references found on Pinterest. It’s a tough job, but somebody has to do it.
The importance of daily sketching can’t be understated. How can one improve without practice? I earmark a small chunk of time every day to creating sketches. I utilize references from sites like Pinterest when drawing. Draw outside your comfort zone. By that, I mean: draw things you usually don’t draw. Break down objects into volumetric shapes. Work on line confidence. Through daily study and rigor, you will see improvement over time. -Krishna
Not a huge fan of Batman (I’m only fond of the TV series, really.), but I wanted to give this a shot.
Another warm-up featuring a “selfie” (oh how I hate that term), experimenting with another customized Manga Studio brush.
I experimented a bit with a new custom “marker” brush in Manga Studio, using the base G-pen settings as a starting point. -Krishna
I don’t normally draw Spider-man – not because I hate him as a character or find him uninteresting. No, it’s just all those dang webs that have to be drawn every single time. Drawing Spider-man would be tedious for me. But, I was asked if I could come up with a cover design featuring the web slinger, so I took my best stab at it. My Patreon supporters have access to the uber-high resolution version, including an ultra-rare “Mint Condition” version. You’ll join ’em, right? -Krishna
I drew this one based on a sketch request from an Instagram follower. The great thing about this exercise is that I have to draw outside of my comfort zone. -Krishna
My little tribute to Andrew MacLean’s fantastic Head Lopper character. Look out for a new Head Lopper mini series from Image soon.
Before I knew who Che Guevara was, I always assumed the image was a picture of Jim Morrison, of the Doors.
I made several avatars as a free promotion to raise funds for my new PC build. These took me about an hour each, using photo reference.
Tranzor Z, Voltron, and the Transformers were all the rage for me as a kid. What made Tranzor Z so compelling were several factors: his rocket punch, his terrifying rogue’s gallery, a robot named Aphrodite with missiles that shot out of her bosom, and of course, the theme song. Notably, this show featured the actual deaths of the villains in the last episode. Or at least that’s what my memory recalls. Someone on the Internet stumbling upon this will no doubt correct me on the matter. Anyway, here’s my tribute to a show I enjoyed as a kid. “Rocket punch!”
Well, sometimes I don’t use process work. There is something to be said for the occasional free-form illustration process. This particular piece was created using Photoshop and a mouse. I used shapes to create the design, switching between the polygonal lasso and regular lasso tool. -Krishna
Simple subjects make for exciting explorations. Take this ordinary gas can. It has a certain character thanks to its weathered patina. For this particular illustration, I opted to focus on using shapes and textures to define the form and as well as establish a mood.
Following up on my Jim Kelly tribute, I decided to illustrate John Saxon and Bruce Lee. Placing the three heroes in a triptych piece seemed like a natural thing to do. -Krishna
I can’t get tired of drawing cars. Here are a few I drew this afternoon.
Below is some process work for a sci-fi / horror piece I drew this evening. I’m getting more experimental with my coloring.
When I assign projects to my students, I usually prepare an example to show them. This quarter I’m teaching Image Manipulation, a class focused on learning some Photoshop basics. Throughout the process, I want my students to not only use the program, but to learn valuable design skills as well. One of the requirements in this course is for students to show their process work. This means showing research, synthesis, analysis, pre-production sketches before proceeding to the final design. These are all important components and careful thought needs to be made before investing time working on a project. By planning […]
Jim Kelly had some very quotable lines in “Enter the Dragon”.
The piece above was drawn as a commission for a long time reader of my online comic, PC Weenies. Drawing motorcycles is a bit of a challenge, particularly the Goldwing model I was asked to draw – but I’m happy with how it turned out. I’m taking on art commissions for a limited time to help fund my new PC build. If you’re interested in a custom illustration piece, please drop me a line. -Krishna
This piece is heavily inspired by my interest in YouTube shows like Roadkill (with HOT ROD’s David Freiberger and Mike Finnegan) and the latest MadMax film, with a side of Jurassic Park thrown in for good measure. Pencils: Inks: Colors:
Took a break and participated in today’s Sketch Dailies art challenge. The subject? Venger, from the 80’s Saturday morning cartoon, Dungeons and Dragons. -Krishna
Another head shot, featuring that lovable Wookie, Chewbacca!
Inspired by Mad Max, presenting Imperator Furiosa!
I still have the Mad Max movie on my brain. After a much needed time to recharge and catch up on all things (including sleep), I wanted to try my hand at one of the many goons featured in the recent Mad Max film. Pencils, Inks and Tones were created using a mix of Manga Studio and Photoshop. Enjoy! Of course, how you present your work is just as important as your work itself (at least it does, in my humble opinion). Below I’ve documented my process work, neatly labeling the parts of the process as well as employing visual […]
Mad Max: Fury Road was an incredible film, full of amazing visuals and kinetic chase sequences. This is my little tribute to the film.
Given the popularity of shows like Mad Men, I wanted to create a project for my introductory Photoshop class that would combine modern technology advertised with retro sensibilities. Above is my first take, using 1986 Apple advertisements as my direct inspiration. And I decided to go even more retro with this iPad ad: -Krishna
Today I worked on a tribute to my favorite film of all time, “Raiders of the Lost Ark”. Rough pencils: Inks: Final colors:
Time for some process work for a muscle car. I was challenged on Twitter to add a cutlass to the Cutlass model car. So here it is.
A few feet studies in preparation for my lecture tomorrow.
More vehicle sketches, featuring an odd selection of muscle cars. Can you identify them all? -Krishna
This is a simple demo I’ve put together for my Short Format Storytelling class. The students have to make a character bio sheet that highlights the essentials of who the character is. The adage “Show, Don’t Tell.” holds true, particularly if you are planning to use a character for a pitch. Try to get to the core of the character without burying the audience with information overload. -Krishna
Another warm-down sketch this evening, featuring Stan Sakai’s famous rabbit samurai: Usagi Yojimbo! -Krishna
Clipping Masks are pretty powerful when used with shapes or type. Essentially, it allows the type or text to serve as a mask, permitting the images to appear only within the type or created shape. tFor this to work well, I recommend using a thick typeface (I’m using the type “Phosphate Solid” for the example above) to make it easier to see the images that will reside inside. After typing some text in, bring in your images as separate layers into the file you are working on. It’s important to stack your images ABOVE the type layer for this technique […]
Back in the 1970’s, vans had credibility. Then mini-vans came along and destroyed the mystique. Here’s my take on the glorious muscle-van of a bygone era. -Krishna
How do you practice? How do you improve? For me it boils down to one simple action: Go back to the fundamentals.
A team-up between Inspector Gadget and Gizmoduck always struck me as being a natural fit. It’ll never happen, of course, but it’s fun to imagine the possibilities. -Krishna
I drew this based off of a sketch request that came through on Twitter. The topic: “The Grim Peeper”. -Krishna