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.

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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:

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

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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)

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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:

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

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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:

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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.

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

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

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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):

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Sketch dump!

I’ve been busy doing nothing much lately (the webcomic and writing mostly), but I’m trying to pick up a bit on my café sketching to make sure I don’t lose any traditional skills.  And stretch those drawing muscles.

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For those who don’t know what “café sketching” means, it’s what you’d normally call creeping people out in public spaces. For some people it’s coffee shops.  For me it’s usually public transportation.

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But in some cases, I do experience the outside world and open spaces. It’s summer after all.  And when everybody’s having fun and enjoying the sun, I have to make sure I get those poses in my sketchbook.escaneados2003016 escaneados2003018

There’s one problem however.  Summer, even the Canadian variety which is rainy and cold, includes those nasty horrible pests they call pigeons. I damn hate them and their smug faces.

escaneados2003009I hope you enjoyed my little sketch dump. I’ll be posting some recent completed pieces as soon as I complete them. Also, don’t forget to check my webcomic, The Doppelganger.

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Sketching outside

During the Summer there are several cultural events in TO, and I made it to some of them… to draw!

First off, I went to Luminato. It’s a world music festival, which means that you never know the crowd that will show up. I went to Loreena McKennitt and Lemon Bucket Orkestra, and both were fun and had interesting people in the audience, with a wide range of ages:

Around the same days, I went to NxNE too, which is more indie-oriented, and attended Plants And Animals, Eight and a Half and the Wu-Tang semi-reunion (sorry, without RZA is not a proper reunion). Really funny looking crowd, with hipsters, tough guys, and hoboes:

Another thing I did was to visit a small Steampunk event in Campbell House:

As usual, I did some sketching in the subway:

And these ones were done in the beach (Completely Safe For Work, it was rather cloudy that day):