Thursday, 27 September 2012

Traditional Inking Pointers!

I recorded a video tutorial! A few people have asked me about how I ink things traditionaly (ie with ink on paper) and I thought this could be an interesting way to show the basics.

Even if you're just starting artistically, this can help you a lot! I wish I had known more about that stupid inking asterisk when I got started, haha.

Sorry about my bad english! :)

Wednesday, 26 September 2012

A childhood story: Dragon Ball and Me.

Dragon Ball WAS my childhood, thank you very much.

At first this was going to be some sort of excercise on non linear narrative and all that stuff that current comic book artists like to do

But then I decided that it looks better as a storybook, anyway!

This is why I don't write children's books, hehehe.

Big HELLO to the tumblr curious that venture into my blog! Feel welcome! ;)

Sunday, 23 September 2012

Thoughts on male face drawing

A tutorial in how to draw male faces? Nein! It's more of a train of thought kind of thing. I'm not really good atexplaining how I do things, but I can say a thing or two about why I do them.

So, let's start with a standard male face. A presentable face. The kind of face you would introduce to your parents.

Not too bad. But why do you assume right away that it's a male face? After all, it's a drawing--my particular interpretation of a 3D object on 2D media. I just used lines and yet I made you assume that this was a male. Let's delve on it.

Here's a quick cartoon of a girly face:

Now, as you can see, this isn't as realistic as the first male face but several of the key components of what makes a face femenine are in here. Now, this is important! Female faces, in general, have always been seen as something symbolic. You can tell that by looking at paintings from every culture, from renacentism to japanese portraits. Female faces are softer. Female faces are prettier if you use less lines. Hell, even when wearing make up, women try to accentuate their features first! Not the shape of the face, they want to make you notice their eyes, their lips, etc. Even stuff like earrings and necklaces drive attention away from the shape and help frame their features.

Here's a similar quick drawing of a male face

Males don't usually wear make up, and even those who do use it to accentuate their shapes. This is important. Male faces are anything BUT symbolic, they're statements! One look at a guy's face in any piece of art and you can tell right away if he's nice, mean, angry, tired, sad, happy, etc. This probably has something to do with the patriarchal ways of our society but I'm not completely sure. The point is, with guys, the "secret" is to find a solid shape of the face, and then add the features.

You're basically sculpting in paper, if you will.

Here's an example of how I usually draw male proportions and head shapes:

It's pretty easy to understand. This, I think, it's the most common set of proportions. It obviously changes according to the individual, but most of the time people fall into this standard set of measurements--however, you must ALWAYS remember that THE SHAPE OF THE HEAD IS SLIGHTLY DIFFERENT from person to person, and it's something that's actually noticeable if you look closely!

Here are some male heads I drew in different styles:

Even the cartoony ones have head shapes that work "as statements". Most cartoony ladies are always drawn in a way that "makes them pretty" ie they delve into symbolism. I'm not saying that I agree with that choice (I think cartoons are meant to be silly wheter you're a boy or a girl!) but I'm just pointing this out.

As always, there's a constant variation of rendering depending on the artist and their own sensibilities but I think this is a good starting place. Drawing people is one of the hardest things to do right, mainly because we're all insanely different from each other when you look carefully! But males in general are a lot more simple because you have lots more freedom when you choose to render their faces. I went crazy with lines in the faces of some of these drawings and they don't look as awful as they would do if I had drawn girls...!

Hope this rambling was helpful! I suck at explaining things, hahaha.

Saturday, 22 September 2012

Pokemon- Page 12 (again!)

Pokémon? Wait, what's this? What's this? Could it be... ? 

Hello there! As you may remember, I was making a Pokémon comic about MissingNo.!



Now I've got to finish it! I hope... anyway, instead of brand new pages, you get brand new old pages! This probably makes me the strangest comic artist ever but hear me out: like I said in the blog about the original page 12,  that was the first time I did everything on the computer. From the begining, this comic was meant to be an excercise on traditional + digital media, and that little venture into full-digital artwork wasn't some of my best work, and I feel that it kinda goes against the comic itself.

(Non-artist translation = That page sucks, and I didn't like it, and now I draw better!)

I'ts also a bit jarring to see my artistic evolution. Just check around in the blog! My old drawings used to be awful. Nowadays I draw a lot better. It's still awful, but presentable awful, the kind of awful you would introduce to your parents.

Let's hope some people still show interest on this. A big thank you to reddit and tumblr, and all the users in those sites that loved my work. This page is dedicated to you!


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Thursday, 6 September 2012

Poison Ivy

I'm not dead, hahaha.

Man, I suck at drawing women. I'm slowly improving, though.
I love comicbooks, but currently the trend in mainstream superhero comics doesn't appeal to me. I admire the hard work the artists put in there, but most of the time the drawings are just too... muddled? I don't know, it's not something you pick up right away if you're not artistically inclined, but it's something that's always on the back of your mind while attempting to read a present-day comicbook... it feels overworked, I dunno. I dislike it, personally. Comics shouldn't have extremely serious drawings, we're still dealing with people with superpowers and their undies in the outside! DC, take note of that. Marvel at least tries to have a lot of different artstyles all over their books...

This was done traditionally for the first stage, I just used a thin marker over a pencil sketch. Then I colored it on Photoshop. I think it looks interesting!

Oh, well. Gotta get back to work!