Sketch dump!

The first week off has been spent goofing off, but it’s time to get back on track and clean up a lot of the things that I left incomplete during the past few months.  There’s animations, storyboards and layouts I want to retouch and lots of ideas that are just scribbled in notepads that should be committed to paper.

I’ll do my best to make at least one full piece a week and try my hand at new techniques.

It took a while but I scanned most of my sketchbooks from this semester.  These are the ones I liked best. Enjoy!

I’m very into toned paper sketchbooks now. I love them.




And some digital stuff, just for fun.




Keep visiting. It’s harder to let things go if I feel under surveillance.


New year, new sketches

It’s a new year. I’m already feeling older and wiser. I can see white hair growing on me and feeling a strange urge to complain about the weather for hours. Obviously there’s new sketches.

The first one is from an old project that I hope to get back into one day. If I can convince the writer and manage to cram enough time into my schedule, it’d be great.


I love drawing animals as derpy as possible.  These ones are photo-referenced, but I tried to push for the personality as much as I could.


This one is not from a picture though. I call it “Cutie“.


For the end, I give you “Derp Conan”:


Sketchbook drawings

I’ve been keeping a sketchbook that I like to call “the nice one”, for drawings with pencil and marker. I’m rather proud of it, but I’ve been insanely busy and hadn’t been able to scan much of it lately.

Most of the drawings are done with either copic markers or touch markers, which happen to be just as good as far as I can tell.

These three are kind of an idea circling my head about a Mad Max-ish story. I call the first one King and the lady with the dog are The Spikes.




These two were just experiments with shape and composition.



I happen to enjoy Michelle Rodriguez in Machete (and Machete Kills, where she “surprise cunt-punches” someone)



Simone Simons:


A sketch for my friend Jen Frankel’s short story. The Owl Woman is a superhero dealing with the death of a close friend.


A sketch titled “Ood in the ‘Hood” (for the whovians):


Some animals, just because.



I watched Beauty and The Beast (The Jean Cocteau version) and I had to sketch something out of it. It’s a really crazy movie.


A exploratory sketch of one of the characters in my webcomic.


And I don’t know how to categorize these ones…




And now for something completely different…

September is getting closer and I have to switch gears again. It’ll be a while before my next post. Enjoy.

First off, some shameless self-promoting:

I recorded my part of the A Study in Character Development project a few months ago, and the first round is out. Enjoy my weird voice (I’m the one with the overacting hands)

Here’s my track reading the short story.

Back to the drawing side:

One big problem I face is that I get the feeling I do too much of the same if I’m left to my own devices (some might argue that I’d do nothing at all), so I have to make sure that I throw in something different every now and then.

I found an exercise about light and shadow in James Gurney’s blog, suggesting to take away emphasis from the middle tones and just go for contrast. So I decided to give it a try with Inktense pencils and a water brush. It really breathes life into my subway sketches.


For the comic, I wanted the new episode to look a bit different, even if it had gone through two different techniques in its first chapter with the digital paintings. I wanted to try something closer to Bruce Timm’s simplicity, so I studied some pictures to see how could it work:


And revamped the design for Rose, who in this universe is a reporter getting into lots of trouble.


Here she is, between the cop and one of the crooks, trying a mixed technique with watercolor pencils and using colored lineart (in the end I didn’t use the technique for this chapter, but I might use it later on)


In the digital painting side, I have been obsessed over applying texture and finding out tricks to cheat with them and give the impression of having lots of detail where there isn’t much. Here’s the first instance of that, with Mr. Walken in Sleepy Hollow:


But I think this one came out much better, with Mads Mikkelsen’s version of Hannibal Lecter:


To close, I have this sketch that I did under the sweet effects of oxycontin, I forgot the name of the pinup model, but I’d appreciate if someone told me her name, to make sure to put the proper credits:


The big subway sketch post

I sketch all the time in public transportation, but lately… it’s just gone bonkers. I have 3 hours of commute every day and that has skyrocketed my production. Also, it means that I haven’t had much time to edit and take care of more elaborate drawings lately.

To avoid repeating myself  to death by doing only portraits, I chose to pick up on patterns, fashion and body language of the other fellow commuters.  Also, make sure to draw different body types, not just the ones I found attractive.


Another thing that started to interest me was the relations between them:


In this one, there’s one that isn’t from the subway, but I won’t tell you which one.



And yes, I did do some portraits and caricatures. There’s lots of weirdos in the TTC (not counting the one drawing them, of course):







This week I’ve been sketching at a faster rate, it must be the weather telling me to move, or the amount of crazy people, or just the fact that it’s really hard to stay at home all day when the outside world looks this nice.

I know it won’t last, because it’s a Canadian Summer.

However, it’s thrilling, because I had a small sketchbook, which allowed me to be a bit least conspicuous than usual… to a certain extent. It’s hard to hide that you’re staring at someone. Even if you’re doing it for art.

So, look at all this people:


I did some plants as well:


Also took two small sketches and then cleaned them up a bit at home:



And just because, I added a little sketch I did for a potential commission that didn’t pan out, from photo reference: