Friday, December 22, 2006

Study: Yukito Kishiro

Copied a drawing of John Farrell, a character from the latest installment of Yukito Kishiro's Battle Angel Alita: Last Order. This was a study to see if by looking at and copying other artists lines I could get a better feel for how to approach my own line work. This was useful I think. I will do another one tomorrow. (Used a crow-quill nib, ink pen for the blacks.)

bush leagues

The alternate title to this post is "crap on a cracker". I am sort of frustrated with my lack of talent - everything looks so rushed and sloppy (especially after I go over the pencil with the inkpen). GAH!! The next few drawings I am going to do are copies of drawings that I think are good. maybe I can learn something about linework by studying and copying artists who know what the hell they're doing.

Saturday, December 16, 2006

practicing composition and scene openers

I was looking for something to draw the other night while watching the 40-year old virgin on HBO. There is a scene where the characters are at a japanese exhibition steakhouse and the waitresses are singing happy birthday to one of the people at the table. I thought that would be fun to draw for practice. The things I am trying to practice here are establishing a scene / location and setting an interesting composition for the panels and the page. For this I thought I would use two panels: one an establishing shot and a second shot of the main characters in the scene. That's it.

I think the setting is sort of clear....maybe not. It looks like a restaurant or bar at least - but could be a hotel conference room / wedding reception. the three people at standing in the background are supposed to be waitresses singing to the table. This is not really clear either I guess. The two main characters are seated at the bottom of the panel with their backs facing the reader. The composition in the opening panel is ok to me in that I think the lines and different values, move the eye across the panel from the bottom left across the table and up to the waitresses faces. The composition is a little too busy though(packed with lines). Also, the two main characters of the scene are seated at the bottom of the panel (with the backs of their heads to the reader) They are basically lost in the panel to me which results in a situation where the reader gets to the second panel and doesn't realyl know that these two people were in the prior panel at all. I should've done something to bring more attention to them.

The drawing is ok - maybe a bit to skritchy-skratchy. That always happens when I rush through stuff. I used a PITT brush pen to ink and I am not unhappy with it. I just need more practice with inks and finishing. For the fine lines I have to hold the pen tip so light against the paper that I get some shakiness in the line. Also at times I rush the line work and the line weights come out looking too uniform. Still learning.

Thursday, November 30, 2006

Using the model for layouts

So I want to do a panel with Brett watching TV and Patrice in the background asking him if he wants some coffee. I zoom around with the model until I find the angle I want.

And then I can sketch the scene!

I think this could really help me think about layouts. Of course I still need to setup the perspective with vanishing points etc. for finished drawings but all the fretting about where they need to go is lessened. Kinda fun too.

Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Patrice's Apartment from Google Sketchup

Cool little modelling app from google allows you to make a 3d model and then view it from any angle. Also has a ton of models others have built for reference. This could be helpful for seeing in perspective.

Here is a model I made for Patrice's apartment.

Another angle looking at the living-room area from the kitchen counter.

And another one looking back at the kitchen from the sitting area.

Also here is a model someone else did of Jerry Seinfeld's apt.

Friday, November 24, 2006

post buzz brett

just trying to see if I can draw Brett without the long hair. Threw in seedless and Patrice for composition practice.

Thursday, November 23, 2006

Thursday, November 16, 2006

pony tail

yet another sketch....focusing on the hair and practicing her face. In this sketch, she looks a little heavier than the last one. I think this one is a little better. Getting closer.

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

another sketch

This drawing doesn't look good to me but it served it's purpose. I am basically trying to work out the body proportions and I think I am closing in on what I want. Also I think I am getting a handle on Patrice's basic look. However, this drawing looks a little dumpy/sloppy for some reason. I think part of it is the pen I used tonight. anyway more later.

more patrice sketches

another Patrice. longer nose bridge. smaller eyes....getting better.

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

more lettering p 16

I wanted to add the words to this page since it mostly exists for the conversation. stil lnot sure if the flow of the balloons works. I thinned the balloon border by 1 pixel to see if looks better thinner on this page also.

Saturday, October 28, 2006

progress on page 6

more work last night and tonight. The page is coming together pretty good.

Friday, October 27, 2006

Page 6-7 combo

started working on combining pages 6-7 last night. Here's what I got so far.

Monday, October 16, 2006

p16 layouts

...all geeked up so I figured I'd get going on p 16. Here are the layouts...

Monday, October 09, 2006

page 15

mostly completed p 15 over the long weekend. This page caused me a ton of frustration for a number of reasons so I am glad the pencils are almost done.

Friday, October 06, 2006

How-to by Kazu

Here is a cool step-by-step of the process Kazu Kibuishi uses on his "Copper" strip. I especially like that he uses a "cheap flat-bed scanner" because, so do I.

Tuesday, October 03, 2006

Tuesday, September 26, 2006

cast and crew

here is a sketch of the characters in the comic through the first 14 pages.

Monday, September 25, 2006

how to draw boobs

found this little gem while surfing around

Process page 14 - rendering

Here is the second pass of pencils. I changed the gun a little in panel 5 because it looked too small in the original layout. And that's right...those are speed lines baby!

Thursday, September 21, 2006

11 pages and counting

page-1, originally uploaded by MDTSHORT.

Photo set of the first 11 inked pages put up on flickr for sharing etc. I have pencils scanned for p12 (but not for 13) and am working on p 14 now. Moving right along. Anyway I was playing with various venues for posting/viewing this stuff and flickr seems pretty good. Tell me what you think - either here or there.

Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Process page 14 - sketch

Here is the first pass at page 14. sketch the whole thing with light pencil (2h or 4h). Making sure everything is ok before adding any lines or tone. (The big ugly gray streak in the middle is due to my small scanner.)

Saturday, September 09, 2006

Darkness is Spreading!!!

This is supposed to be a night scene so here is the first cut at making the street dark....I will do the othe half of the dbl page tomorrow

He's the DJ I'm the Rapper

Its DJ MARKIE and Chubbystubby

Friday, September 08, 2006

my last FM site

yeah these are the last 10 songs I listened to...

go to to see a little more

Thursday, September 07, 2006

less blurry...but also less interesting

here is another less blurry pic.


Took a picture of all the pages we have so far......and it's friggin blurry!!! Oh well, I had some beers when I took the pic so I guess it's not all that surprising!!! anyway....more later.

Tuesday, September 05, 2006

double page spread

first double page layout I've ever really done. here are just the first draft pencils. Still need to go back and add shade etc.. This took me a long time to even begin but I am pretty happy with the results.

Thursday, August 31, 2006

Chef Special

Picture I pencilled and Bruce inked last week. This was sort of a prelim/practice for doing a scene in a casino kitchen.

Tuesday, August 08, 2006

Page 9

Here are the pencils from page 9 of the comic. Starting to draw and compose better I think.

Monday, April 03, 2006

Sunday, January 29, 2006

pages from Hank's war

Last night I scanned in the old pencils and parital inks of the comic we did with April back in early 1997. We are close to the 10 year anniversary of this work. Also these are the first comic pages I ever did. The cover is an add-on I did a couple months ago after a cover from the Losers.

Hank's War