Wednesday, October 24, 2012


The Ninja Turtle, I mean.

Had this one sitting on the blog space for a couple weeks, so I figured I'd put it up.

I was watching the original movie a few weeks back (shortly before the new cartoon premiered) and decided I wanted to scrub through parts of the film, take screenshots, and draw from a few scenes. So far, I've only done this and one other that I haven't scanned yet.
The tones, at least on the coat, didn't quite come out as I wanted. Well, on the plus side, I sorta got down the mood...

Here's the source frame that I based this drawing on:

I had some fun working on this one, so I threw it into GIMP and put some flat colors on top. Here are my results.

The coloring kinda hides some of the problems with the inking... The brighter yellow-orange version was inspired by the coloring in the comic book adaptation. Afterward, I felt like I needed to tone it down to more neutral color, so I ended up slapping another color on top. I might go back and fix some of the values in the coloring, but I'm happy with these as they are right now. It was a fun change-up, anyway.

I've really been trying to put in some work with brushes and ink, making smoother, more confident and deliberate choices whenever I ink. I still need some work, but, I am definitely feeling better about it.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Been Away Awhile

So it's been a long minute since I last updated this thing, i thought I'd throw up some things I did recently for a couple gallery shows.

First up:

Graphite, 11"x14"

Little figure sketch I did at a local Dr. Sketchy's branch a few months ago. Probably my favorite I'd done after almost a year of attending these drawing events. I was originally going to do an ink version of this for the Dr. Sketchy's show... but something about my hand refusing to do it made me decide I'd save a little time (and ink and vellum) by framing up the original drawing itself. There's a few things that could've been done better on this one, but I sorta liked how the gesture and composition came out.

More recently:

Pen and ink, wash, 11"x14"
Piece I did for a recent Bear and Bird locals-only show. The creature came out of a usual doodling session from when I'm usually drawing in a sketchbook or scrap sheet of paper while watching TV. I'd also been drawing trees a lot the last month or so it was quite fun to actually find a way to incorporate that into a piece.

The main aim with this piece was to really work on composition, something (among so many others) that I usually have a problem with. I was pretty pleased with the final result, especially how the tree in the foreground came out. The value is kind of all over the place though and the creature's pose gave me a lot of trouble. No matter how many times I drew it, it still didn't look quite right! Ah well. Still a lot of fun to work on. I have some process drafts and the thumbnail that I'll put into another post soon.

So yeah... that's what I been up to. I'm starting to jump back into the game and draw a bit more. I want to complete a few comics pages and maybe another piece by the end of the month. Let's see how it goes...

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Ink is My Drink

Been working on some new stuff lately, slowly but surely. If you follow my boy Jaime, then you probably know we're working together on a project. He's getting his stuff together, as am I. Not sure exactly when we're launching, as it's currently hinging on me finishing up the last few drawings on my end. I figure posting something resembling an announcement on here will keep me on track. Maybe... Anyway, yesterday did some ink practice in a new sketchbook I started a couple weeks back, with some OK results.

These are the first two sketches I did, getting really loose and crazy with my inking. Initial sketches were done with my trusty Hunt 512, and then I went crazy with some brush work. I sorta like the mood these tones, coupled with the color of paper, create.

This is the final sketch I did of the same character. I decided to just go in with my brushes and try and push the values a little. I rather like the "rawness" of this type of inking. There are some errors, but I like the mood of it at least. I think if I do another drawing of this detective-type character, I'll probably age him up a little to fit into the role. Don't know what I'll do with him ultimately, but hopefully I'll come up with a story for him eventually...

More to come! Until then, later!

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

A Cloud Man and His Dog

This weekend is the Bear and Bird Gallery's newest local artist show, "Be There Be Square 2" and I've once again entered (making this my third entry). The piece is an idea I've been messing around with for over a month or so.  It took me forever to get a composition that I was completely happy with, and a little longer to get the drawing "just right". The final result came out alright, with some typical nitpicks from me, but it was a goofy, fun idea to work on. I think I might do another piece with the same character.

12"x12", Ink, Pastel and Acrylic

I have a ton of process stuff for this that I have to sort out (most of it is already scanned in) so I'll come back later in the week and throw them all up. For now, got any comments/critiques? Drop 'em in the comments section.

Also, check the flyer for the show here.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012


Last year, the Bear and Bird Gallery had a call for local artists for their "Creep Cinema" exhibition. So, naturally, I got excited at the possibility of submitting something for a second time to the gallery. Since the theme revolved around horror/monster movies, I decided to go in with a piece dedicated to the true King of the Monsters: GODZILLA.

I've been a fan of Godzilla ever since I was a kid; I spent a few months researching the Godzilla/Toho universe and re-familiarizing myself with the world of giant Japanese monsters. This included watching a few of the movies (the 90's Heisei films in particular), reading a few scattered Godzilla comics (Dark Horse and the more recent IDW books), and even looking at an outdated reference book (The Official Godzilla Compendium by J.D. Lees and Marc Cerasini) for inspiration. You could say I became a fan all over again.

While some can argue that "Godzilla isn't horror," well, let's be honest here, the concept of Godzilla is pretty scary on its own. And, hey, the gallery took it with no complaint, so... who cares?

Here's the final:

I don't think IDW's gonna be knockin' on my door anytime soon....

It was a fun piece to work on. Though, looking back at it now, there are things that bug me about it, but I'm convinced I'm never going to make something I'm 100% satisfied with... It does make me want to learn more about creating larger scenes and more interesting looking backgrounds though. Also, I just like drawing monsters.

On another note, I have tons of sketches and material I built up over the course of making this piece. I think I might gather them together and make a little showcase of them... Later.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Patrice O'Neal

Back in late November 2011, Patrice O'Neal had suddenly passed away. I remember I had seen his most recent stand up special ("Elephant in the Room") earlier in the summer, but then suddenly heard nothing else about him until his death. One night, while watching the Daily Show, Jon Stewart had announced the loss of someone "too funny, too soon." I didn't recognize the name until a clip from his special started playing. I was just surprised. I thought it was a real shame that a funny guy like him was gone, so I started doing a little research, finding bits of his comedy routines sprinkled around YouTube and turned out a small tribute piece a week or so later.

This was probably my favorite drawing I've done since I graduated from college. It was a fun little experiment inking from loose, bare bones pencils. I thought the combination of brush and pen came together nicely. While there's probably things I can do better (OK, let's be honest, there ALWAYS are), I think this feels like a nice springboard for what I should be aiming for with my inking.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Peter Doherty... Times Two

Peter Doherty is a musician, best known as the frontman for The Libertines and Babyshambles.

I have to be honest, I don't really know much about the guy, other than the fact that a friend of mine is a fan of his. He showed me a gouache portrait that he did of Doherty that came out well and showed me the source to compare. I rather liked the composition of the reference photo, so I decided to take a crack at my own version.

Here's my first attempt...

I thought this one was going alright... at least until I finished inking it and actually looked at the drawing. While it's not terrible, I hadn't really been paying attention when I was doing the pencils, and was drawing from a weird angle, so I didn't even realize things were out of proportion.

So, after a mild annoyance I tried again. Why? Because, dammit, I have to!

This one came out better, and generally more in proportion and observed. I think the inking felt a lot more solid and confident too. The ties/scarves he was wearing in that photo gave me some trouble though... Ah well. Just gotta keep moving forward then.

Monday, February 13, 2012

New Days, New Drawings, Same Dude

So it's recently been brought to my attention that I have a blog... and it's true! I feel like I have kick myself a little for ignoring this thing as much as I have been. I registered this blog by the time I started college, and rarely ever kept up with it. But, oh well, what's past is past, right? As my buddy Jaime says, time to get some chet done!

Today's sketch was initially done in 15 minutes in a parking lot. Afterward, I realized that the pen line was a little too consistent, so I went on top of it with some markers and a brush pen, trying to get some more variation and generally just make it a little more interesting to look at. Maybe I should've scanned it before I started in with the markers... I think I messed up a few areas, but I had some fun with this.

And there's more where that came from (hard to believe, but it's true!). As the month rolls on, I'm going to try and whip this blog into shape... you know, like I was supposed to be doing for years now.