Jason and the Argonauts

I came across a still from Jason and the Argonauts, which is a movie that had a profound influence on my formative years. I’d recommend seeing it for the Ray Harryhausen animation alone. So here’s my process.

I started with pencils.
pencils skeleton

Then I moved onto line work.
work in progress

Then I added some spot blacks
spot black

And followed by some ink wash.
inkwash

And finally I added a color layer and adjusted the levels in Photoshop.
jason and the argonaut skeleton fight

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Pop by a Wood Chipper

I was going to document this step by step, but I was so enthusiastic about drawing my dad with the Fez I got him for Xmas that I forgot to document each step properly. I may go back and play with this image further, but for now it’s done. This is an ink wash and brush pen team-up with a little photoshop color tint.

wood chipper man

Double Indemnity

One of my favorites movies is Double Indemnity, which I first saw as a dumbass 18-year-old. Dumbass or not, I was able to appreciate the beautiful compositions and noir lighting.Recently, I watched this on a projector and I was able to take some very crisp reference photos. Here’s a process series!

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Robot in Spot Black

In my continuing journey through heavy shadow, I have drawn some brawny bots.
I had two goals in drawing these bots: first, the robot on the left has a level of detail that I usually illustrate with line work, but I wanted to try to delineate details with light and shadow rather than line. And second, the robot on the right has a simple enough design that I could get a little playful with my highlights.

robots

Robot Cityscape

I’ve decided to get back to basics: robots comin’ to town!

What love about robots in a city, aside from the obvious, is that it’s a great opportunity to test easier ways to draw cityscapes. You see, gentle reader, while I love looking at cityscapes, as I imagine many of ye do, I find drawing them labor intensive, time consuming,  and sometimes boring. So the “robots in a cityscape” exercise is a three-pronged attack: practice cityscapes to become faster and generally more proficient at drawing something that can be un[pleasant to draw; discover new short cuts along the way;draw some robots.

Delicate Adventures in 3D

I have embarked on a Delicate Adventure to make a strong table presence for my web comic Delicate Adventures. 

I drew up some basic plans here, keeping in mind the needs of this statuette, such as a pedestal for stability and a sign that locks into the egg with a peg.

egg stand diagram

Then I passed this off to my friend who will render it in a 3D program.

Next, I pass this file off to my friend who can 3D print the egg, the pedestal, and the egg itself.

3d printing

Once everything is printed, this is what it looks like.

black egg

Here is the final egg, painted (by my friend with the 3D printer) and assembled! If you see  Delicate Adventures and me at a convention, look out for this beautiful statue!

egg statue