Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Model Friends...

I have really beautiful friends. Unfortunately, I made the mistake of trying to sketch with the Uni-ball roller. The ink flow is nice and smooth.

Too nice and smooth.

With cheap pens, I'm usually able to turn the nib on its side to better control the flow of ink, but these pens don't let me do it, so these sketches really lack subtlety and anything vaguely redeeming. Jann doesn't wear make-up; it's hard for me to draw how pretty she is without implying that maybe she does. Josh is very good-looking too, despite (or because of) being the Face of Evil.

Take care.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

That's when I stole you...

...I'm curious to see where I'm going with this.

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Friday, October 15, 2010


Yeah, maybe. I didn't mean for it to look this...morbid and scary, but I still like it.


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Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Influence Map

I should make at least one more of these; I didn't get everyone that I wanted in there. Obviously, there's no way I can put in absolutely everyone, but I think I didn't even finish some of the big ones.

1. Samuli Ponismaa - He's actually a guitar player, but he also does all the art work for the band Finntroll. I love his smooth, fuzzy shading and the way he renders his mythological creatures. I also love how unabashedly strong the folk/Scandinavian influence is in his work.

2. Edward Gorey - His line control is unparalleled and I love his gruesome tales. He really brings in an antiquated feel, despite being a rather modern illustrator. He is able to convey some pretty complicated shading and texture with just the use of ink.

3. Salvador Dali - I love it when things get a little strange...

4. Space Coyote aka Nina Matsumoto - I will admit that she is among one of the first artists that I tried super fucking hard to ape. Until I had seen her comic stuff, I had been watching shoujo stuff and I got tired of all the fluffy roundness that has to offer. Her angular, somewhat sketchy work blew me away.

5. Quentin Blake - The first illustrator whose work I recognized. I grew up reading the books he illustrated and there's such a friendly, fun quality about his work.

6. Arborwin - Arborwin was another early influence, on par with Space Coyote. I love the flow of her digital work; it's almost impressionistic and it's so emotional and ethereal. Gorgeous.

7. Leonardo Da Vinci - He's an Illustration Hero. The poetry of line, the flow, the sensitivity, the accuracy, the dedication, the love...it all shows through his brilliant work. He was a workaholic and a vegetarian and insatiably curious.

8. Ralph Steadman - Never have I seen more beautiful work. When I think of rock 'n roll, I think of him. No one is better.

9. H.R. Giger - I think we're all familiar with him. I really love how tightly rendered everything is and I do love the gloom. When I look at his stuff, I get this "skin and bones" feeling, like all my flesh and organs suddenly disappeared. It's stark and screams of impending doom. Gorgeous.

Look out for more.

Make your own: http://fox-orian.deviantart.com/art/Influence-Map-Template-174550753

Take care.

Saturday, October 9, 2010


Better? I kind of like it; needs a bit more. Don't know what.

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Friday, October 8, 2010

Booze 'n booze...

This is just me messing around; I'm doing work for my voice teacher and I threw this together. He hasn't seen it yet, so I don't know if he likes it or not. But, I really like it, so I took the screencap with lines and my name all over it to discourage stealing.

I will gladly design your band's logo.

Take care.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

I wanna be sedated...

1. Sir Steinfranken of the Suits by my good friend MC Griffin. Expect more Suits stuff; I really love this little series and I hope there will be more. Still trying to get used to digital coloring. Obviously, this wasn't meant to be a masterpiece; I think I spent maybe 15 minutes on the color.

Steinfranken is my favorite because he's mad all the time. I love him!

2. John.

3. Take care.

Monday, October 4, 2010

He's too young...

Oh, Optimus.

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Friday, October 1, 2010

Hey Piggy...

This was fun to work on, but...the person that inked this really didn't...I don't know; a lot of the digital ink looks so abstract. FYI, I did NOT draw Optimus that poorly.

Take care.