Thursday, December 26, 2013

My Contribution to The Sketch Lottery

My pal Sal has a great sketch website called SKETCH LOTTERY where every week is a different sketch theme/assignment and artists from all walks of life and skill level are free to contribute.  NO pressure, no competition...Just sketching for fun which is something I don't get to do enough of these days so I try to take it where I can get it. 

This weeks theme was Man-At-Arms from Masters of the Universe and I actually was able to get in on the action.

Check it out!

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Yeah Yeah....Shut up! I'm posting stuff now aren't I?

I don't really have any excuses for my neglect of this art blog other than I've thought about posting stuff but have just been too lazy to follow through.  But I'm here now so quit whining and lets get right to it.  

All of these pics are "Creative Exercise" assignments from the Drawing Manga and Super Heros class Becky and I teach and the timeline of these particular drawings range from over the summer session to the last session which ended in early December.

The top drawing assignment was to draw a character that could control rocks so I attempted to draw the version of Tara from the original Teen Titans cartoon.  The detail was all from memory so I'm sure I took a few liberties but since when did consistency matter in today's comics anyway? 

Next up the assignment was to draw a cyber-punk or something.  For this one I did a less cartoony version of a character I've developed for a tentative comic project I have brewing.  Interesting thing of note about the design is that I basically ripped it off from myself from 2002 or so when I did a comic for a long-failed comic publisher that never saw print.  In fact, I don't think my work was ever inked.  Doesn't really matter since it was basically a disjointed X-men-like book anyway.  But I really dug the character design I came up with so  I'm gonna use it since...well....those guys dropped the ball.

I'm thinking that the assignment for the gal above was to draw a punker girl or something of that nature.  I really dig the way this one turned out and may end up using her as a character in one of my many tentative projects.

The above is from the last class of the last session which the exercise is always a free-draw.  I felt like trying to draw the 1990's version of Rogue from the X-men since that's the version I was first introduced to and it's also my favorite version of her.  In the last 10 minutes I decided to try and throw in an attempt at Iceman.  

We often have combination assignments where we list several ideas to choose from on the board and the kids get to combine those elements to create an interesting character.  In this particular assignment, I chose both ROBOT and ARTIST from the list to create BOB ROSSBOT!

The next creature came from a "draw a monster" exercise.  So....I drew this Todd McFarlane inspired demon of sorts.  It's ugly....Nuff Said.

That dude up there...with the thing...standing on that robot head.  That's a character I created when I was 15 named AR-MOR.  He's  one of the villains from my comic THE VOID that I've been drawing since then as well.  This is pretty much his look in THE VOID graphic novel I'm currently working keep your eyes peeled for him.

Finally...there's this.  A piece of French Toast wielding a battle-axe.  This little refugee from Evan Dorkin's MILK AND CHEESE was concocted during the same combination assignment as the Bob Rossbot.  French Toast and Warrior were 2 of the other options for drawing and since I had 5 extra minutes, I frantically threw this thing together.  The kids laughed...but more importantly, I LAUGHED.

Well, I hope this sorta makes up for my laziness in updates over the last several months.  I'd promise to get better about it but why would you start believing me now?  I will try....That's all I can honestly do.  Till next time!