Category Archives: Art Process

Process: Egyptian Interior Thumbnails


This quarter I’m teaching a course on background design and layout. Though I’m familiar with background design, this is the first time I am teaching a course specifically on the subject. As such, part of my preparation includes developing my own files to use within my class room demonstrations. Essentially, I’m doing my “homework” to show my students my process and what my expectations are. Designing backgrounds doesn’t have to be intimidating. I spend a considerable amount of time collecting environmental references (both Pinterest and Google are excellent places to start your search). Once I’ve amassed my references, I start […]

Process: Creaturitis


Never underestimate the power of the symmetry tool when it comes to brainstorming character designs. Programs like Sketchbook and Manga Studio offer these tools (providing both X and Y symmetry). Draw one side and your sketch is mirrored simultaneously on the other side. I use this technique quite a bit when I’m developing a series of quick thumbnails for concept work. Pencils: Inks: This is where I add some small variations in texture and some asymmetry to the design. Colors: -Krishna

Process: Captain Insanity


Who doesn’t like drawing Sci-Fi from time to time? Below is a head sketch of a character I’m calling Captain Insanity. Pencils (Sketchbook Pro), using a custom brush I developed. The default Pencil brush in Sketchbook lacks any type of line weight. Inks (Manga Studio 5EX): Inking in Manga Studio is fluid and smooth. Color flats (Photoshop): My muscle memory is tuned to coloring in Photoshop. Maybe one day I’ll investigate colors in Manga Studio… Final!

Process: G.Y.R.O.


My first illustration for 2015 started on New Year’s Eve. Flying gadgetry has always been the stuff of fascination for me, so when I ran across a contraption developed by Thomas Bird (involving an outboard motor and a ceiling fan!), my creative juices were firing on all cylinders. Below is my ink layer, overlapped ontop of my pencil layer. I thought it would be neat to show the pencils overplayed onto of the final piece. There weren’t any major modifications from the pencils in this particular illustration. I took it one step further and added the pencils and inks as […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]