Big Posters and Coloring Experiments

To get a change in my routine, I like to draw these large posters, and try out different coloring and shading techniques. Using a variety of subjects, I get a feel for how appropriate a particular technique might be in a particular situation.

Additionally, this is exercise is a great way to gain perspective (no pun intended) on your art style; drawing an object out of context helps me think about how I render the qualities that go into that object, ultimately helping me grow as an artist (I hope).

If you’re interested in doing a similar project, I suggest getting any large surface on which you would enjoy drawing. Leave it someplace convenient and add to slowly.

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Experiments in Saturation, Halftones, and Hue

Always interested to try new rendering techniques, I have been playing with the saturation on some of my illustrations in Photoshop. I started with the goal of moving from purely black line work, and that has led me into some interesting territory.

Additionally, I’ve been playing with various methods of applying midtones. In the examples that I have provided, I used a mixture of halftone dots, mezzotint, and pointizing.

I’ve used this scissors design as an example.

Here’s the original image.

Devil Belt Buckle

Finally my fascination with the occult and my need to keep my pants up coincide! The devil head I made months ago, then cast in resin, is now a belt buckle!
devil belt buckle

I drilled holes in the back of the head and installed some hardware. I think it may be generous to call what I installed “hardware” since I just bent pieces of peg board shelving brackets into what I needed. It nevertheless works.

devil belt buckle

Just to give you an idea of how the belt loops into the hardware, here’s a picture of the belt doing just that.

devil belt buckle

You may recall that the head consists on two parts: the horns, and the head itself. At some point it’d be fun to mold a pen into the horns, so you could detach them and write a mephitic contract.

devil head

New Years Projects!

Happy New Years, Friends!
Oh, how I wish these gaps between posts would subside, but alas, delicate adventures has me busier than an egg with arms and legs. Speaking of which, I just attended Newcon in Portland, Oregon. I peddled my guides to jerks, nerds, and rasslin’. Why just look at all these volumes!

da books

What else have I been working on, you say? I’ve been making pretty good headway on my thesis for my MFA program. In doing so, I’ve been getting more acquainted with brush pens, which I’ve come to love. Here’s a panel from my thesis.

noir

And here’s a self portrait I did with a different brush pen and ink wash:

brush pen and ink wash

And as far as design projects go, I’ve made some pretty neat molds. A while ago, I made a ceramic devil head, and I just recently got around to casting it! The horns and the face are separate molds, and I paint the eyes. I want to put hardware in the back and make it into a belt buckle.

d belt original d belt 2

ME ME ME!!

Well, Friends, I have finally been able to make an action figure  of myself. I have found the perfect head, of which I now make molds, paint, and eventually put onto a headless GI Joe.

model head

Additionally, I have started a collection of really lovely, pigmented casts of this head. Here’s my gallery.

heads

Finally,  I’ve made an action figure of my friend David, who doesn’t look much like me, but what’re you gonna do.

doll

Wrinkles!

Friends! I apologize for my lack of posts as of late: delicate adventures and I have been working a lot of conventions in the last two weeks and we were swamped. But I’m here now, and that’s what’s important.

So “wrinkles” is what I thought I wrote underneath the Pug (“morschinny” in Russian ), but apparently I didn’t make a crucial mark on the character that looks like a “W”. Shame on me for not checking, but I still like the pug.

wrinkles