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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.

Silhouettes to Volumetric Shapes


Just a sampling of visual notes I plan to share with my Concept Design class later today. For more on volumetric forms, check out a video I created on how to draw arms and legs using tapered cylinders. You may also want to watch the video I made on combining volumetric shapes.

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Walking Wizard


More color experimentation continues, with a wizard convention goer. Draw every day!

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The Wolfman


Experimenting with more inking and texture techniques, featuring Universal’s horror classic: The Wolfman!

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ROM Spaceknight and Acroyear from the Micronauts


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

ROM and Micronauts

Sketchin’ Ladies


Sketching some female head studies, using references found on Pinterest. It’s a tough job, but somebody has to do it.

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Robots, Astronauts and Vehicle Sketches


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

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A Self Portrait


Another warm-up featuring a “selfie” (oh how I hate that term), experimenting with another customized Manga Studio brush.

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Punk Rocker


I experimented a bit with a new custom “marker” brush in Manga Studio, using the base G-pen settings as a starting point. -Krishna

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Spider-Man cover homage


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

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Jurassic Park meta


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

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Head Lopper tribute


My little tribute to Andrew MacLean’s fantastic Head Lopper character. Look out for a new Head Lopper mini series from Image soon.

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Jim Guevara Morrison


Before I knew who Che Guevara was, I always assumed the image was a picture of Jim Morrison, of the Doors.

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Avatars!


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.

Kreg Steppe Avatar

Mazinger Z aka Tranzor Z


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!”

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Creepy Corridor


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

Creepy Corridor

Vintage Gas Can


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.

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A Tribute to Enter the Dragon


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

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A Few Cars


I can’t get tired of drawing cars. Here are a few I drew this afternoon.

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Image Manipulation in Designing a Movie Poster


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 […]

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PC Weenies: Riding the Goldwing


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

Bob and Pam Ride Again

Ratrod Rex


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:

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Venger and Skeletor


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

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Process: Mad Max Goon


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 […]

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Mad Max Fury Road Tribute


Mad Max: Fury Road was an incredible film, full of amazing visuals and kinetic chase sequences. This is my little tribute to the film.

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Retro Modern Apple Magazine Ad Project


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

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