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Comics, meeting doodles, & Creative Alliance sketches

First up, here’s the new versions of the first four pages of the comic. Lot of stuff got changed—couple more edits in the text as well.

Page 4 is obviously in progress. Page 3 needs a tie-piece added to the last panel and some wordage to the wine bottle in the first panel.

Next up, some sketches from a Creative Alliance life drawing session. They’re every Saturday at 10, $10 if you’re not a member, $3 if you are.

As usual, the first drawing or two sucked. (Got there at the start of the ten minute poses, 5 minutes into the first pose—it ended before I got too far along.)

Next couple were a little better.

And after that, I was tired/bored, so the last one was crap.

Here’s a tipsy sketch done of a friend while leisurely having a couple beers at the Blarneystone.

BTW, he doesn’t look this rough in real life—I purposefully went that direction since I knew a more nuanced sketch rarely works well in a distracting environment. Oh, and the “light” spots are due to the scanner.

Last up, two doodles from a meeting at work. The first was the usual random junk that gets scribbled during these affairs; the second is an altogether matter. It started as a simple off-hand sketch of a comic-stylized side-view of an eye – and then suddenly the meeting just went on FOREVER. As the meeting dragged on, I absent-mindedly added a detail here, a detail there, and it eventually grew to the point where I ran out of page. I’ll probably put it in Painter sometime this week and see if I can add the bits I wanted to add but couldn’t, since, well, you know, the paper ran out.

By the way, the next Dr. Sketchy’s Anti-Art School Baltimore life-drawing session is next Monday, September 27, 2010 at the Windup Space.

Best damn life-drawing you’ll find in town. If I wasn’t helping run it, I’d be there drawing. BTW, check out this LAZERBITCH video if you want a feel for what they’re like. (The Windup Space is in there at the end too.)

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Odds & Ends

Here’s a buch of random doodles from the past couple months or so . . . this was the first of several blue pen sketches done on a notepad during some unit meeting or another.  Basically I was letting the sketch go wherever it wanted, then suddenly realized I had to stop since it was unintentionally starting to look pornographic.  Oops.

So I drew one of the presenters instead.

And some lady talking about stapler safety or something.

A meeting about lawn mower safety . . .

Next up was an itty-bitty drawing for a cocktail menu for Dr. Sketchy’s Baltimore, the burlesque life-drawing class that Alexis and I run.  The drawing was originally done in pencil and then was colored in Photoshop.

And here’s what the menu looked like when it was done.

I think we ended up using the menu once and then tossed it.  Ohs wells.

Speaking of Sketchy related stuff, here’s the one half drawing I did at Sketchycon up in NYC this year.  I got halfway through it and then got distracted talking to other branch heads for the rest of the session.  This happened the year before as well – since it’s the first event of Sketchycon, everyone’s so interested in doing the meet & greet that most of the folks never really end up drawing.  That, and, well, doing shots with Bill and the bartender.

Next up, a crappy doodle I did on a lunch break while thinking about ideas for a Dr. Sketchy’s flyer.

And last (at least Dr. Sketchy’s-wise) was a sketch I did of Nicolette le Faye that was put in the Dr. Sketchy’s Anti-Art School Baltimore’s first ever Art show.

Plug -> If you’re in the Baltimore area and are interested in attending Dr. Sketchy’s, the next one is July 12th with Mourna Handful.

Anyways, here’s two more sketches I doodled during a section meeting…

And a team meeting . . .

…and that’s the end of all the section/unit/team/group/floor/building/block meeting doodles.  Lord.  Anyways, a blog post or two back I said I’ve been teaching myself how to oil paint with Corel Painter.

This was posted before, but it should probably go up again.

Initial sketch . . .

That doodle with the arrow on the right is a note telling me to change the nose so he doesn’t look like Snarf from the Thundercats.

Which, APPARENTLY, I ignored.  Damnit.

Tomorrow I’ll put up the first two pages of the comic book I spent all day today working on.

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Painting update.

Got a couple more layers done on one of the paintings this afternoon.  As usual, I used the camera incorrectly, so it took the photo in some sort of damn sepia tone, but whatever, you can see the progression I suppose.

paintingupdate2

The next photo is an earlier version that I was playing around with in Photoshop this morning in order to get an idea what tattoos would look like in the painting (which is the direction I’m probably going to go).

Kinda neat looking….could possibly work as the foundation of a flyer or something all by itself.

stage4edit

I like the shadows a lot better in the original version too….definitely need to do some additional darkening, etc.

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Postcards from Orion-18.

I’ve been fooling around with Photoshop some more, getting more and more comfortable with it.  This one took three days (several hours each day)….I basically took about eight different photographs and combined them….one was a photo of a bridge in Florence, one was of a lake, and four or five were various photos of stone castles and rocky mountainsides.  The last was from the FXFILMS Website who just happened to have a photo a model starship that is apparently 18ft long (it’s called the Rodger Young and looks amazing).

Photoshopped alien landscape

In any case, this was my first attempt, but I learned a lot of things the hard way which will hopefully help on the next piece I import into Photoshop.

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Even MORE photoshop revisiting.

After doing the previous post, I kept playing….

girl in forest

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Photoshop revisiting.

I’ve been reading some Photoshop tutorials and practicing with different brush types.  This is a pencil drawing from a few months ago (I’m not going to hunt for the blog entry, but it’s in there somewhere.)

girlrevisited

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Marrry Christmas.

All I’ve got is a digital camera at the moment, so the focus on this isn’t too great, but here’s a goblyn Santa for your trouble.  (I did some Photoshopping burning & lightening….when I get access to a scanner, I’ll see if I can rescan this so it doesn’t look like your monitor is looking at it with its eyes crossed.)

Faerie Santa sketch.

*I’m reading _Fairies and Fairy Stories : A History_ by Diane Purkiss at the moment, mining for story ideas.

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