Boy Meets Knight Rider

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.

boy meets knight rider

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Coloring in Adobe Illustrator

I learned to color digitally in Photoshop, but Illustrator’s coloring interface is quite robust. I’ve been trying to get into the habit of coloring and drawing in illustrator. While Photoshop is near and dear to my heart, I’m becoming quite enamored of Illustrator. Here are some of the vector’s that I’ve created.

otto-von-bismark samurai_illustrator diver

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Sleazy Alley in Color

A few weeks ago I posted a black and white version of this cover, which is part of my thesis. I have since colored it and I now present it to you! I leave out the text to highlight just the visual elements.

sleazy alley

Toned Paper Robots

   Apologies for the lack of posts, friends: I am weeks away from turning in my thesis, and I have been spending most of my time putting finishing touches on it.

   Those few moments that I’ve had to myself, however, I’ve been drawing robots on toned paper. I know that I’ve extolled the virtues of toned paper before, but I’d appreciate it if you’d indulge me again; you see, I have just found out about prismacolor pencils. I mean, I’ve know OF them, but I finally got acquainted with a white prisma pencil, and it is so sweet that I fear I may fall through the pencil marks into another dimension. It allows some really cool gradients of white, so you can be as light or heavy handed as you want. It’s perfect for roboting around, because of all of the shiny materials that one finds in a bot.

robot

robot

robot robot

robot robot

Robots in Color

I colored this robot in a few different ways:

Robot #1:
I used a gradient to do the bulk of the coloring on this robot, then I used a screen brush to add some highlights.

robot

Robot #2:
I colored this robot by hand. Using my red brush pen, I feathered lines over the black feathered lines.

robot

Robot #3:
I colored the high-lights, the shadows, and the mid-tones in photoshop, but I used only the lasso and bucket tool, so you can really see where each color starts and stops.

robot

Water Tower, Rosie, and a Robot

I had the great pleasure to reunite with Rosie the labrador. She’s a very sweet pooch: whenever you hold her leash, she takes her end gently in her teeth to lead you to where she wants you to go. Rosie is also an avid water pooch.

man and dog

I also finally got around to sketching and washing this water tower. My girlfriend and I pass this on the freeway fairly often, and it’s a very cool subject, with a lot of direct and indirect light sources. I wanted to make some trees, too, but I really didn’t want to put a lot of effort into them. My solution: blow some ink around.

water tower

And I thought I’d get back to my comfort zone and draw a Robot. It’s destroying a city for good measure.

robot

Metropolis Art

Metropolis by Fritz Lang is a super movie. I love miniatures, cityscapes, snd robots, so it’s a natural fit.

As you might have guessed, this is ink wash, with a strong technical pen underdrawing. After completing the drawing itself, I overplayed a color layer in photoshop.

metropolis set

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