Whoo-ee! Another long absence, eh? Sorry, folks. I’ve had a lot of pots boiling, and frankly still do, but it’s time to update everyone on at least something that I’ve been up to.
My friend from grad school (I never tire of saying that) is putting together a comic anthology of “unfortunate fanfic”, or hilariously mismatched combinations of genre. For example, “Old Boy Pokemon” is something you might see in this anthology.
With another friend from grad school, I did “Boy Meets Knight Rider”, a combination Boy Meets World and Knight Rider. Here’s a page sans text.
My friend and writing partner is putting out the first chapter of his comic, and I have done the cover for him. He gave me a lot of artistic freedom (but not a lot of time), so I went with the cover of the classic EC cover that so enraged Frederic Wertham and other 1950s denizens.
For whatever reason, I have been very interested in drawing prize machines of late. I wonder if I have that degenerative brain disorder that Maurice Ravel had? Whatever the reason, prize machines are composed of very basic shapes and aid in my practice.
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.
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.