Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Monday, February 27, 2012

Day 11

I should come up with more interesting titles. :| Below is an extremely funny comic. You will die laughing. Hopefully. But please, before you die, leave a will that ensures a rise in my views here. ^_^

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Day 10

The point of doing this journal is to draw everyday. Not to draw spectacularly, not to be oh-so-awesome-genius-like funny, not to show off. Its an exercise in improving them sketching skills. So please, if today's page horrifies you, its not my fault. I'm trying to challenge my weaknesses here.

If I were drawing only faces and upper bodies everyday, it won't even be a big deal. And I'll not learn anything. 

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Day 9

Had a splitting headache all day, maybe from too much PC. x_x Sorry I wasn't able to color in as nice as I should.

Friday, February 24, 2012

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Day 6

Are the colors killing your eyes? -_- Sorry. Also, that MIB joke was hilarious when she said it. :|

Monday, February 20, 2012


I'm losing track now. Today I got caught up with a lot of stuff, so had to do this real quick. Hope you find it funny. :| THIS is all true.

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Sketch Journal - Day 3

This is becoming more of a Saga of the Flat Tyre. :/

Guess it could be worse? Hope I'm not saying this too soon. :|

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Sketch Journal - Day 2

I am going to add a page to my blog just for the daily journal. :D

Friday, February 17, 2012

Sketch Journal

I don't write a journal because later when I read it, I realize I only write about things that make me angry. Those are not the type of memories I want to keep.

So inspired by lots of other artists on the internet, I started a sketch journal ^_^ Here goes Day 1. Its a bit messy, but I hope I improve soon. I shall do this everyday.

Monday, February 13, 2012

Fail and learn

The reason I started Headshots Week is because some of my friends thought my shading style was boring. :| I like the old-school 2D shading with only a few tones and I usually use shadow work just like that. For example:


This is typical to the shading style I use. I could have worked harder on his hair, I guess. Anyway, so when my friends said I need to try my hand at soft shading, I started coloring headshots for practice and I was able to come up with some good results:


I tried varying the amount of soft shading I used with the extent of cell-shading. So in every picture here, we have two elements - one is the soft indiscernible shading done with a powdery sort of dry brush set at low opacity and the other is a smoother, defined ink that contours the shapes.

If you look closely at the purple drawing, you'll see that i used more definition and more softness. I don't like the result. 

In the green one, I used very little of both and I liked how it turned out but I wasn't sure I could use it often. For example, if I colour a comic with this method, there will be scenarios where the drawing needs more definition and this light look won't do. 

In the blue drawing, I used high softness and low definition. It kinda worked and I think it works best when working in dark tones. 

In the orange drawing, I used high definition and less softness. I think I like it because it makes the subject very clearly outlined but also manages to make it closer to reality (less cell-shaded, i guess).

But then these are my opinions. Maybe if my friends looked at it, they'd argue a different way. In any case, I got carried away with all the soft shading and I thought 'Hey, I should try to make a painting taking a photograph as reference and see how close I can get to it.' So I found this picture on the internet.

The reasons I chose this picture were : ONE, the limited color palette; TWO, the high contrast which makes her look almost plastic; THREE, some challenging parts like the sleeves and the hair.

Maybe I should have chosen an even less complex picture. Maybe something like this would have been better for a first attempt:

Maybe next time. :) Anyway, what I'm going to say is, I failed quite terribly. But once again I learned a lot. For one, I know I don't do enough paint-work. My deviantart account hardly has any drawings, mainly because I don't have paintings to post and I think its a waste to put sketches there (unless they're like WOW). Secondly, with this exercise I was able to test my ability to start with a definite idea and be able to stick to it till the end. I'd give myself a ... 40%? x_x Bleh, nepotism. Without blabbering on for any longer, here's the painting:

You don't even need to place them together. :P Its obvious. Sorry for the long post.

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Skeptic chopstick

Lousy title, I know. I was watching this Korean film called 'My Tutor Friend 2' yesterday. The film's better than the first film, IMO. Its a romance comedy. Right now, its in my top five Rom-Coms. :D I recommend.

Anyway, so there's this scene in the film where the two comedic characters Poongi and his friend (never caught his name) are having breakfast with the main characters and they look at them with this skeptical expression.

Its hilarious, of course. XD But what I loved about these expressions is the very conspicuous use of chopsticks. I've seen so many Western films all my life that I end up using Western expressions in everything I draw. Although, Indians use a very different set of expressions, its good practice to learn as many facial expressions as possible.

So I drew this. They aren't exactly placed where they should be, but I wanted them to appear separately. Its a study, after all. I learned a lot while I was drawing. ^_^ It doesn't look exactly like them, but I had to stop. :D

Thursday, February 9, 2012

How I draw people

I made a sketch tutorial for the InkLink Collective Unschool on facebook. ^_^

More will come. All that I know, I've learnt from other artists and watching cartoons. This tutorial is very similar to many other tuts on the internet. Forgive me, I'm just sharing what I've learnt.

Monday, February 6, 2012

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

The Port City Tap

Hello again! I'm sorry but my PS was acting up the last few days, so I couldn't present anything of interest. ^_^ Here's one project thats been sitting for too long in my head.

One Spenser Character everyday. :D Because they are all so well-described and you just have to pick up a pen and start drawing them.

In Spenser#21: Walking Shadow, Chapter 28, we meet the interesting characters at a pub called The Port City Tap - the barman Ed and an anonymous woman.

I don't like the second one much because PS crashed mid-way and I had to salvage it using MS Paint. I do however like the style. Drew her yesterday and him today. ^_^