Thursday, August 23, 2007

The Sheers Of Doom

This all started as an attempt at drawing a woman - not just the face for once - and ended up as something I'm quite proud of. I'm a really big fan of the art of Frank Miller (ever since about three weeks ago) and this is probably my best attempt yet at emulating his style, especially that of Sin City, which I've yet to read, and learning how to draw at the same time.

Anyway, I drew her outline, chose this way of shading it, and then started adding the atmosphere. Don't ask me what the scary mechanical sheers are that she's running away from, but they sure scare me!

Well, it's not perfect but was a lot of fun to do. I ought to try drawing on paper next time, as using a computer to draw is too fiddly.

Friday, August 17, 2007

A new character

Being the creative soul that I am, here's a new character I've started to explore for a little 'project' of mine. I've even given him a proper name: William Heartbright, if I stick to it.

I thought I'd explore what he looks like both young and old, for some bizarre reason which I'll leave hidden for now. I've also been playing around with really heavy shading again, trying to be more confident with it. Think I'm starting to get the hang of it and I hope you'll agree that it looks much better with the black than without (plus I just can't paint shades so this is much easier for me!)

Well, there you go. Won't say who Mr Heartbright is or what he'll end up doing just yet, but I'm sure you'll be seeing more of him soon...

Thursday, August 16, 2007

Return Of The Pinhead

I told you he'd be back!

I'd recently read Frank Miller's Ronin and was inspired to do my first action drawing (with some Samurai-esque goings on). Being the ambitious fool that I am I ended up doing a full comic strip for him. And I don't think it turned out that bad in the end...Not bad for a day's work, I think.

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Spooky demon guy thing

I've been teaching myself to draw and so this is my first proper attempt at a face - well, two faces in fact - and more playing around with shading.
I think it almost works. Still need work to do with proportions and wasn't really sure what the best way to do the shadows was so it's all over the place but it definitely has that traditional comic book style feel and I'm pleased with how the hair turned out. I've got a long way to go before I'm 'pro' but given that when I drew the knight two weeks ago any attempt at a face would have been flat and lifeless I think I've improved loads.
...And so in light of the fact that my blog has become less about writing and is starting to have a fair bit of art I've given the blog title a slight name change to reflect that.

Saturday, August 11, 2007

Last from the Past

And so, here's the last scan from my lazy trio, also taken from one of the animations I did for The Pinhead:
Lots going on in that picture and nobody really has much hair in my Pinhead cartoons, do they? Maybe it's because I was always rubbish at drawing the stuff!
Of course, now that I've run out of old material to recycle I'll have to come up with something new for next time...

Wednesday, August 8, 2007

Nothing to do with Cenobites...

Here's part 2 of my blast from the past picture posts.
The character is known as the Pinhead and I somehow managed to do 2 whole animations with him as part of a series I was planning but never finished, perhaps due to my lack of artistic know-how. Well, I've always liked the character and the story wasn't half bad either so maybe one day I'll revive him in some form or other, especially since I've been trying to learn how to draw. Watch this space!

Monday, August 6, 2007

old dog old tricks

Because I'm such a slacker, and while I come up with some new material to put on to this blog, I've decided to post some screen shots from a few old Flash animations I did donkey's years ago that I had the good sense to remove from the web. The animations weren't really that good but occasionally I managed to create something that could almost be described as good!

Well, there's 3 on the way and here's numero uno from a dire animation about a superhero I did when I was barely out of my teens...

Saturday, August 4, 2007

There's Something About Knights

No poetry or stories today. Instead I've drawn this little picture.
I dub thee: An attempt to draw something vaguely human and do something with shading.
This actually started out as an attempt to draw the knight from my dragon poem close-up, given that he looked a bit lame in my first attempt, but when I finally drew the outline I decided it would look better with a few dead bodies lying around to make him seem, you know, even tougher!
Anyway, all done on computer because I make no claim to being an artist and don't have anything other than lined paper and an HB pencil at hand. Still, I think it's a pretty decent attempt and it almost looks professional. I don't know what kind of sword he's holding, but it's a bit puny, and his shield looks like it's made from cardboard. I guess even knights can't afford all the best gear! I still wouldn't mess with him, though.
I'll do my best to update this blog a bit more frequently with whatever I can come up with. Promise!..