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Drawings of Maria Bella at Dr. Sketchy’s Asheville

Last month, Alexis and I rode down with Maria Bella of Gilded Lily Burlesque to the Asheville Burlesque & Sideshow Festival. Maria, while she was there, posed for the local branch of Dr. Sketchy’s.

These are the sketches I did, though I’ve obviously toyed with them in Photoshop. I’m still trying to find a “look” involving pencil sketches that will work in a flyer. The third one is me fooling around with what that might look like. I think it *kind of* works, but it’s not there yet.

You can also see the usual nightly progression I go through – abstract, cartoonesque drawings slowly progressing to an attempt at an actual likeness. None of them quite got there, but I think one or two got close. (Particularly the early sketches of the evening.)

The next session of Dr. Sketchy’s Asheville is July 5th—if you’re there, you should check them out.

Oh, and Dr. Sketchy’s Baltimore is this Monday. I’m too busy to draw at them, but YOU can.

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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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Comic book pages.

Here’s the two comic book pages I spent most of Thursday working on.

Couple random notes –

1  Picked up _Scarlett_ #1 by Brian Bendis and Alex Maleev about an hour after I finished doing that second page.  Maleev’s work inside it is so absolutely amazing that it immediately made me feel about one inch tall.  (The issue was also very good – I highly recommend it.)

2  If you look carefully the bar above is the same bar I’ve been tinkering with in Sketchup for over a year now.   If you scroll through old posts, you’ll see it all over the place.  It’s been heavily modified . . . using the Wacom tablet with Sketchup is almost as much fun as sex.  Tasks that used to take ten minutes can be done in seconds.  If you have a tablet, you really should download Google Sketchup (it’s free) and fool around with it.

3  I’m not sure, I’m afraid to check, but I’m pretty sure I’m going to have to change the font size.  It looks like it might be too big.

4  The main character should probably be named on page 1, and the bartender by the end of page 2.  I’ll probably go back, fix that, and fuss around with the dialogue in general.

5 After reading _Scarlett_, I’m rethinking that whole “not using color” thing.

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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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Dwarves, Sketchup, & Photoshop

I’m currently in the process of building a website for a fantasy novel I’ve been working on (I’m editing the last few chapters of it now…of course, I said I was on the last edit two edits ago) and I’ve been fooling around with various sketches for the header.

(That’s not completely true . . . I’m also toying with cover ideas and layouts for a cover, which is kinda silly since I know no publisher would ever let me design the cover, but whatever, it’s fun.)

In any case, the novel is set in a low/nonexistent magic world just beginning to it’s industrial age.  Think top-hats and locomotives.  One of the main characters, Donth, is a dwarf who spends a lot time sitting in various cafes playing chess. 

Here are the first two doodles I did on a memo pad at lunch while bored.

donthsketch2

donthsketch1

Next I found a cafe table and a chess set in Google Sketchup.  (I could draw a table if I want, but I’m just playing and have absolutely no desire to draw a cafe table.  The point wasn’t to create a “piece of art” but to get an idea of how to layout a painting or drawing to be done later.  I still might use the last picture in a header though.  We’ll see.)

Where was I?  Oh, the table….

tableandchairforblog

Next, I lighted the image of the table and then printed it out as large as I could, drew Donth sitting at the table, scanned it back in and used Sketchup to throw a cobbled floor unerneath everything. 

donthonsketcupforwebdraft

 

I then opened the image in Photoshop, erased the overlap lines, through a graded tint on the whole thing, then used the burn and dodge tools to add some tonal work.

donth3overlays

 

In about a month, I’m hoping to have a Powerbook along with a tablet, which, in theory, should allow me to go a lot further with this sort of thing….working with a mouse is just too damn difficult, not only that, but my computer is so old that Photoshop slows it to a crawl.

Hell, Tweetdeck slows it to a crawl. 

At that point (when I get a Mac), I’ll probably revisit this for real instead of just toying with it.

(I don’t quite like the angle…..something doesn’t look right, but I’ve got a bit to figure it out, not to mention what to fill the rest of the space with.)

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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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