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Krishna M. Sadasivam creates custom comics and illustrations for organizations, magazines and companies. A champion of comics advocacy, Krishna speaks, blogs, and writes articles on illustration and sequential arts techniques and the importance of the comics medium in both education and brand awareness. His clients have included Microsoft, Mashable, Ultramatics, The Smithsonian Museum of Art, The Chai Company, Other World Computing and EE Times. Krishna's work has been featured on many notable websites, including TechCrunch, Gizmodo and CNET. His portfolio can be found at krishnadraws.com.

In Defense of the Print Portfolio


I’m not here to debate the merits of whether creating a print portfolio makes sense for design professionals, but I do know one thing: I enjoy making them. These days, the bulk of my work is done entirely on the computer. Although I share my work on various social networks (and this portfolio site), seeing my illustrations in the tangible form of a book makes my work feel more “real” to me. Every element of making a portfolio book requires careful and meticulous detail. Unlike posting work on the web, there is no instant gratification when making a portfolio book. […]

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Process: Revolutionaries


Below is a breakdown of a vehicle piece I started working on last week. I’m particularly enamored with older cars, and that’s how I came across the Datsun 510. The diminutive boxy frame needed an over-sized, cobbled-together motor, so I happily obliged. Growing up on shows like “Dukes of Hazard” and “The A-Team” fuels a lot of my fascination with vehicles. I’m drawn to bright, vibrant (intense) color palettes in my work. Here I used green and orange as main colors to provide some balance. The background is intense, and the illustrated elements have a more desaturated look, giving it […]

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Process: African Warrior


The pencils for this particular illustration were created using Autodesk Sketchbook 7 Pro, and I worked from a reference image on Pinterest. After penciling the drawing, I used the Perspective tool in Photoshop to give the warrior a slightly more stylized look. From there, I brought the drawing into Manga Studio 5EX for inking, using a slightly modified variant of the Lando Calbrusshian custom brush developed by Ray Frenden. Lastly, I added colors and textures using Adobe Photoshop. It’s perfectly normal for me to mix and match between tools. Each of the tools listed above export out to a Photoshop […]

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Art Process: Mermaid


In my view, drawing outside of your comfort zone is not only a good way to challenge yourself, it’s also a necessary component for growth as an artist. Face it, there may be subjects you’re less than thrilled to draw – but being a professional in this field means we have to put aside our own biases and look at the task at hand as another opportunity to creatively problem solve. I’ve never drawn a mermaid before last night but that didn’t stop me from giving it my best go at it. Below are the rough pencils. In comparing the […]

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Process: The Smiling Lady


Tools used: Manga Studio 5EX Adobe Photoshop CC Yiynova MSP19u tablet monitor I work digitally 99% of the time. My tools of choice are Manga Studio and Photoshop. After collecting and studying references, I start off with a rough sketch using a light color with a custom brush I developed for use in Manga Studio. My digital drawings are created using a Yiynova MSP19u tablet monitor, which I’ve had for nearly two years. Digital inking is performed on the layer above the pencils, after reducing the opacity of the pencil layer to 20%. Colors and final tweaks are performed using […]

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PC Weenies in the Winter 2015 issue of BENT Magazine


The BENT Magazine is a quarterly publication for Tau Beta Pi, the Engineering Honor Society. With a circulation of 88,000 readers, the magazine connects engineers from all disciplines. PC Weenies, with its focus on tech and geeky humor, has been a regular staple within the magazine for several years now. -Krishna

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Gallery Show at RMCAD: January 8 – 30, 2015


I’m excited to announce that I’ve been given the opportunity to take part in the Infinite Canvas: Art of the Webcomic gallery show at the Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design (RMCAD) in Denver, Colorado. The gallery event opens on January 8, 2015 and runs until the end of the month. I’ll be on hand for the opening of the event on January 7th and 8th. The opening reception will be held on January 8th from 5 – 8PM, with an Artist Talk at 6:30PM at the Mary Harris Auditorium. The gallery show will feature work from Jason Horn, […]

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Welcome!


Pardon the dust and construction, but the website you are currently visiting has been retooled from the ground up as a shiny new WordPress install – and I’m still “moving in”. You may recall that once upon a time my portfolio site was built out of WordPress. I abandoned it for a custom self-built HTML/CSS site (shown below): While the custom HTML/CSS version of the site was relatively easy to maintain, it suffered from two major flaws: It lacked a process blogging component to keep the site fresh. It was not a responsive-ready design. The new site has been built […]

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