Monday, February 20, 2017

President's Day: Garfield

President's Day


Just what everyone is clamoring for: a President's Day mash-up!  I've had this joke stuck in my head for several years, but really didn't think of a place for it... 'til I realized President's Day was coming up, this week.  Sure, it's a really dumb and obvious joke (no doubt done by many others), but I never let a little thing like being dumb and obvious stop me.

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STEP ONE:  Here are the hastily scrawled digital pencils, done with a grid in Photoshop.

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STEP TWO:  Quickly followed by the digital inks, done with a 5pt Hard Round brush.  For the most part I figured I'd leave it black-and-white to vaguely follow the visual feel of a daily comic strip.

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Done digitally in Photoshop.

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Saturday, February 18, 2017

Shameless Self-Promotion: 100,000 Views

100,000 Views


Well, it took about 5-1/2 years, but last week I broke the 100,000 Views mark which, to me, seems like a lot.  At this rate, I should be crossing over the 1,000,000 Views mark sometime in the 2060's.  So, there's that to look forward to.  I'm sure most of the people were tricked into visiting with Google's algorithm accidentally suggesting a posting or picture from my site, or something along those lines.

And, there are even a few of you (very few, of course) who are actually masochistic enough to subscribe to my Blog and, to you, I have a special message:  Have you no sense of shame?  Where is your dignity?  I think it is time you take a long, hard look in the mirror and begin to ponder some of the choices you've made throughout your life...  Get it together, people!

Anyhoo, my sincere thanks to all of you out there -- tricked and otherwise -- who have taken the time to gawk at my modest Blog.  It is all GREATLY appreciated!  :-)

For those of you interested (and even those of you who aren't), below are the Step-By-Steps...

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STEP ONE:  Here are the digital pencils on a 1,000px x 1,400 document.  Based on the Jim Steranko "Hulk King-Size Special #1" cover, which I've used before as a parody cover.

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STEP TWO:  Here is the half-hearted, grayscale, digital painting.  I figured I'd be doing most of the actual painting in the color layer, so I didn't bother with getting too much detail.

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STEP THREE:  Over several New Layers, I kept building up the digital painting, adding and subtracting highlights and shadows, and just generally adding a few textures here and there.  I also went with actual fonts, rather than my semi-crummy hand-lettering.

THANKS AGAIN, Everyone!  Your kind attentions are very much appreciated!  :-)

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Done digitally in PhotoShop.

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Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Unwanted Valentines: Temple of Doom

Unwanted Valentines: Temple of Doom


Done just in time for Valentine's Day!  In this case, it is an obvious joke (can I think of any other kind?) based on the infamous scene from "Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom".  The priest of Kali, Mola Ram, holds the beating, burning heart of a sacrificial victim as he is lowered into a lava pit.  Yeah, it's every bit as crazy as it sounds.

While working on these couple Unwanted Valentines, I thought of a few more I could do, but ran out of time.  Oh, well, next year...

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STEP ONE:  Here are the quick scribbles for the digital pencils, along with my hasty lettering for the layout.

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STEP TWO:  The digital inks were done mostly with a 7pt hard round brush.

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STEP THREE:  The colors were done on a Multiply Layer, with some of the coloring of the burning heart done over top on a New Layer.  The lettering was added last and called it DONE!

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Done digitally in Photoshop.

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Thursday, February 9, 2017

Unwanted Valentines: Wicker Man

Unwanted Valentines: Wicker Man


Hey, it's time again for another Unwanted Valentine, this time from the movie "The Wicker Man" (the 2006 Nicolas Cage remake in this case, rather than the 1973 original).

For those interested, below are the work in progress...

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STEP ONE:  Here are the digital pencils, roughly scribbled in at first to show get the layout, then refined a little bit to try and get a likeness.

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STEP TWO:  Here are the digital inks, done mostly with a 7pt hard round brush.

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STEP THREE:  Coloring was done with Multiply Layers and the lettering added over top.

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Done digitally in Photoshop. 

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Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Happy New Year...

Happy New Year!


While hoping for the best, I'm pretty sure this infamous quote from the "Batman (1966)" movie will be the best way to describe the incoming 2017...

Another year come-and-gone, with the usual two steps forward, one step back, with a few steps sideways... and another half-step forward only to step on a few Legos with bare feet.  Y'know, the usual mix of ups and downs. 

I also want to take a few moments to thank everyone for stopping by to gawk at my meager Blog--with 100,000 views rapidly approaching (Wow!).  It is very much appreciated and I thank you all for it!  Here's to hoping for a Happy New Year for all!  :-)

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STEP ONE:  Here are the scribbled digital pencils and inks on a 1,000px x 1,400px document.

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STEP TWO:  Here's the quick, grayscale under-painting.

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STEP THREE:  A Multiply Layer was used to add the flat colors.

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STEP FOUR:  With a new Layer, I did the highlights, text, and other finishing touches.

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!  :-)

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This was done digitally with Photoshop.

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Friday, December 30, 2016

Princess Leia

Princess Leia


Just 'cuz 2016 needed to get in one more knee to the groin of my childhood...

The year 2016 on my Blog started with a painting of Luke Skywalker, looking pensively off into the future, and ends with a drawing of Princess Leia (nee the late Carrie Fisher).  

It is a fearful symmetry that I find strangely fitting: My Blog started the year with "A New Hope", and ended with a loss of "Hope" (with an intentional nod to "Rogue One").

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STEP ONE:  I roughed in a line drawing with a charcoal pencil on an 8-1/2" x 11" gray, toned cardstock.

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STEP TWO:  Here is the (mostly) finished charcoal portion of the drawing, showing the shading and modelling the features.  

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STEP THREE:  I used a white chalk pencil to create highlights and the white areas.  Here is a secret: do your black-and-white drawings on a toned paper to give it an extra "pop".  It gives you three values (dark, medium tone, light) for the price of two (black-and-white).  It's almost like cheating!

Also, the right-eye was a little off, so I re-drew it.  It's still not perfect, but vastly improved.

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STEP FOUR:  In Photoshop, I created a MULTIPLY Layer to colorize the drawing; on a NORMAL Layer, I did final highlights over top.  I decided keep the colors muted and let most of the grain from the charcoal to show through, and just keep the background as is.

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This was done in charcoal and colorized in Photoshop.

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Friday, December 16, 2016

Digital Quick Paint - K-2SO

K-2SO


In honor of "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story", here's a digital quick paint of one of my favorite characters from the movie: K-2SO, a reprogrammed Imperial Droid.  His deadpan delivery and steady sarcasm made him one of my favorite characters in the movie.

I won't give any spoilers, but "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story" really put the "War" in "Star Wars".  There are quite a few Easter Eggs and surprise cameos scattered throughout the movie, and the last 5-10 minutes of the movie will bring an excited glee of recognition to the hearts of any "Star Wars: A New Hope" fan.  I'll give it 4-1/2 out of 5 Kyber Crystals.

I suppose "quick paint" is a relative term, as this was done over the course of 2-1/2 hours or so.

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STEP ONE:  Here is the quick digital pencils and color layout on a 900px x 900px canvas.

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STEP TWO:  Well, I guess I could have put in a few more in-between steps...  Oh, well.  In the background, I just used a textured brush to to give the illusion of a sandstone type surface.  From there, I built up the colors on K-2SO, trying to make him look like a matte, gun-metal surface with light and shaded areas, and built toward refining the details.  I would have liked to run another pass over the drawing to fix his collar area and fill in a few more details, but unfortunately ran out of time and so had to call it "Good 'nuff".  

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Done digitally in Photoshop.

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Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Inktober 2016 (Belated) - Killers from Space (1954)

Killers from Space


I technically had this one finished yesterday (October 31st, 2016) for Inktober, but wasn't totally done with the toned coloration, so I decided not to post it right away.  I finished it up and thought I'd post it today, instead (and update the Round-Up post, as well).  

No, they aren't invaders from the Planet Marty Feldman!  The googly-eyed aliens had a plan to wipe out humanity because... something, something?  Oh, who are we kidding, the plot was the least interesting aspect of the movie.  To me, the best part was the fact their unblinking, ping-pong ball eyes were always pointing in different, odd directions at any given time.

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STEP ONE:  The pencils were done with a .5mm mechanical pencil on 8-1/2" x 11" cardstock.

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STEP TWO:  The inks were done with a #10 brush and ink.

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STEP THREE:  Finally, I scanned it into Photoshop and did a toned overlay.

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This was done with pen-and-ink and digitally colored in Photoshop.

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Monday, October 31, 2016

Inktober Halloween Round-Up - 2016

Inktober 2016

Well, here are all the pen-and-ink scans for 2016's Inktober/Halloween drawings in one post.  One could say that it sort of defeats the purpose of Inktober by colorizing the pen-and-ink, but that's never stopped me before (and won't in the future, either, of course).

So, without further ado, and with further adon't, here they are in their black and white gory!  Er, glory!

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!















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All were done with pen-and-ink with a No. 10 brush on 8-1/2" x 11" cardstock (with a minor assist with a Pilot Precise v7 pen for the "They Live" drawing).

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Friday, October 28, 2016

Inktober 2016 - They Live (1988)

They Live


Sure, "They Live" has been a meme for this year's election, so why not join in the fun?

I always liked John Carpenter's "They Live", being a fun, action/paranoid movie involving aliens disguising themselves among human society.  They are controlling humans with subliminal messages embedded within all media to "CONSUME", "BUY", "SLEEP", "OBEY", etc.  If you have special glasses, you can see the aliens and the messages they are propagating.

And, of course, it has one of the best lines in cinema, from Rowdy Roddy Piper: "I have come here to chew bubblegum and kick @$$...and I'm all out of bubblegum."  Oh, 80's movies, don't ever change!

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STEP ONE:  Here are the pencils, done with a .5mm mechanical pencil on 8-1/2" x 11" cardstock.

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STEP TWO:  The inks were done with a #10 brush and ink, and the stripes on the suit were done with a V7 Precise pen.

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STEP THREE:  After it was scanned in, I imported it into Photoshop and colorized it.

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This was done with pen-and-ink and digitally colored in Photoshop.

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Monday, October 24, 2016

Inktober 2016 - Hellraiser (1987)

Hellraiser


In the mid-80's, I binged through some of Clive Barker's books--particularly his short story collections "Books of Blood", "The Inhuman Condition", and "In the Flesh".  I even read "The Hellbound Heart", so I already had a passing familiarity with Clive Barker and the story the "Hellraiser" was based on.

What can I say about Pinhead that hasn't been said already?  One of the most iconic monsters to come out of 80's horror, right up there with Jason, Freddy, and Mike Meyers.  Although, maybe I should have gone with some of the more obscure Cenobites, like Butterball, Chatterer, or The Female...  Maybe next year.

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STEP ONE:  The pencils were done with a .5mm mechanical pencil on 8-1/2" x 11" cardstock.  I actually started over and re-drew everything several times to get Pinhead even vaguely right.

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STEP TWO:  The inks were done with a #10 brush and ink.

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STEP THREE:  I scanned in the inks and colorized it in Photoshop.

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This was done with pen-and-ink and digitally colored in Photoshop.

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Friday, October 14, 2016

Inktober 2016 - Killer Klowns From Outer Space (1988)

Killer Klowns from Outer Space


I remember when I first saw the VHS box for "Killer Klowns From Outer Space" back in the 80's, I just sort of rolled my eyes at the title (I checked it out, of course).  However, when I watched it, I thought it was a clever, amusing, and a whimsical horror movie.  I mean, it has killer balloon animals, pop-corn guns, cotton candy cocoons, and people-eating shadow puppets!  What else do you people want in a movie?  They were a sort of circus version of "Mars Attacks".

Gee, I haven't watched it in quite a while... I think I'm gonna have to watch it again.

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STEP ONE:  The pencils were done with a .5mm mechanical pencil on 8-1/2" x 11" cardstock.

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STEP TWO:  Here are the inks, done with a #10 brush and ink.

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STEP THREE:  I scanned in the inks and colorized it in Photoshop.

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This was done with pen-and-ink and digitally colored in Photoshop.

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