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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