Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Your Hair is Beautiful WIP

Your Hair is Beautiful (Name Tentative)

This is my latest WIP. The inspiration I found for this piece featured a bunch of females with long blond hair. I wanted to do something that would celebrate women with different types of hair colors and textures. One of my concerns going in was how to be able to convey curly hair. When I went in with the brush to ink the piece it managed to work out. (All that practicing on the train proved itself to be useful.)

If you follow me @ysandersart on Instagram you will see progress shots of this piece.

Thursday, November 28, 2013

MTA Subway Sketch Series #9: Comic Edition

As the MTA turns...

I am almost at the end of my Fill-A-Sketchbook-In-A-Month challenge. While checking out another student's sketchbook I saw that they had started containing all their sketches in boxes. When I asked why this particular method he said that this allows him to work on his compositions. Also, to get used to working in a comic format. This was such a great idea that I decided to try it. I took the idea a bit further and worked out complete layouts for each page.  

The biggest challenge I came across in doing this was that it was forcing me to draw as fast as I could since I only have one train ride to fill up an entire page. I have to make even quicker decisions and filling in the blanks at times. It's something I have come to really enjoy doing and it makes drawing from life even more fun. 

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Spider-Man Sketch from Dare2Draw

Genius costume.

Spider-Man is easy to draw. Real easy.

I was fooled by the web motif in the red part of the suit, but upon further examination I realized it's simple and rather ingenious design. There's been a ton of variations, but it says a lot when it's still the main outfit of a character that's been out for more than a few decades. I guess the same could be said of Superman's outfit, but I still think that Spider-Man's costume takes the cake. Why? You have everything you need in a superhero costume: a means to hide your identity; no clunk and any addons are camouflaged or incorporated into the suit; the powers/nature of the superhero are communicated through the costume so it's not a guessing game; and somewhat easy to move around in. While Superman's design is iconic/classic in its own right, it just not Spider-Man's outfit.

So why this random doodle of Spider-Man you ask? I was at Dare2Draw's end of the year party at the Art Director's Club. There was an open bar, food, models, and plenty of guests (such as Heidi MacDonald from The Beat, Shane Davis, Amy Reeder, and Bill Sienkiewicz.) I kept running around the floor trying to capture the model with the most interesting poses, but this particular time I decided to draw the dude who took the time to bring his costumes and even change into another one for the second half of it. Also, it was the perfect opportunity to draw Spider-Man.

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Illustration Week Seminar Sketch

Last week was Illustration Week. All throughout the city were various events and parties to celebrate it. On Tuesday was Illustration Next at SVA. Steven Brodner, the figure at the podium, displayed a lot of amazing works from many talented illustrators. Only a few artists are linked on the page which is a great shame considering how many were featured.

The date on the top left corner represents the day the picture was completed. I don't usually do this, but I am taking part in this challenge to fill up a brand new sketchbook by November 30. Not sure if I can do it, but we'll see.

Sunday, October 20, 2013

MTA Subway Sketch Series #8

First sketch post-NYCC. I was so tired from the con that I spent most of my days on the train sound asleep. This was the first time in the week I was awake enough to bust a sketch out. This particular morning I saw a woman sound asleep with with a very neat hairstyle. I wanted to just draw it, but I decided that I rather liked what was going on around her so I tried to capture it as fast as I could. After the woman woke up and left, the woman whose hand is closest to us sat down and was fast asleep. She was asleep in such a funny position that I regretted not being able to capture her. If only I didn't have to go to work...

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Character Designs from Upcoming Comic

After meeting the very talented writer Ellen Goodlett we decided to work on some short stories together. It's a collection of short stories that we will post for you to read and enjoy. I have gotten pretty far into the project so it's time to start posting some elements from it.

The first story is called 'Single Serving.' When I received the script I wanted to avoid designing characters and spaces on the fly so I took the time to mull over them for a bit before I began designing. 

Drake.  His design called for a suit. As I was drawing him I realized that I didn't really understand how business suits draped along the body. That is the reason my sketchbook is full of drawings of men in business suits. Once, during lunch, I hung out at an outside area filled with men in suits. I followed them as they walked, sat, ate, laughed and etc. I even managed to get a few down on my sketchbook before some of them ran off. The best source is always the subway. They sit there there for a long time not moving, some sleeping or talking to whomever they are with. It's helped me a lot during this project. 

 I wanted to make her look sexy without having her having to breasts and butt hanging out. So I gave her a simple dress with spaghetti straps.The most issue I had was with her face and every time I drew her again she looked different. I even did a character emotion chart and still the same result. Her design ended up taking up a life on its own.

Leader. Claire. Andy. 
 They are side characters, but I wanted everyone in the story to look as unique as possible. The one that stuck out the most to me while designing them was Andy. Andy reminded me of someone that I used to know. He was a big guy with a huge attitude.

Man. Woman.  These two don't have a major part, but I really liked them. The man's design called for a suit so I decided to give his an interesting twist. For the woman, I thought a nice short bob would be perfect for her. Even though not pictured here I did put her in clothes. 

Within in the next week I'll start posting up panels and when we create more headway I'll post the link where you can read it. 

Thursday, September 19, 2013

MTA Subway Sketch Series#7: You Better Not Be Drawing Me Edition

These may seem like an ordinary pair of legs crossed...and they are. But this is as far as I got before an older gentleman sitting next to me looked over at my sketchbook and reported to the woman across from us that it was not her I was drawing. The woman, decked in yellow sweats with a blue sweater, turned up her face, shifted in her seat, and repeated ad nauseam: "They better not be drawing me." 

I wasn't sure if the gentleman was trying to cover for me or didn't realize that the crossed legs in my book belonged to the disgruntled woman. Either way I sat there, deciding what I should do. Should I say something to her? Do I ignore her and continue on? I can continue to deny worst she will just move from her seat or attempt to start a confrontation at this late night hour. At the end I decided to obey her wishes, even if they were expressed in what I consider to be a somewhat rude-ish manner.

These types of stories, I would presume, are what people who want to draw in public are scared of coming across. They happen though, but this is the first time it's happened to me in the 2 or so years that I've engaged in this activity. Some people laugh, stare, smile, take pictures, and then some demand that you draw them right at that moment. Since I am not paying them to model for me I oblige, nervous that I will not be able to convey their likeness properly, or at all. Once someone got me while I was drawing with a black pen. Those are the most challenging ones as I feel you can not mess up. When I was done he was quite pleased and admitted that drawing mouths proved to be a great challenge for him. I did my best to take the mystery out of that, but I don't know if he understood what I was trying to explain to him or if he just smiled and nodded his head in acknowledgement of my lips moving.

Once the woman had finally quieted down and resumed talking to her friend the gentleman asked me to draw him so as an act of thanks I obliged. Upon completion he rewarded me with $5 bill which I had declined before starting the drawing, but after ripping a page out of my $20+ Moleskine I kept it.

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Birthday Portrait of a Friend

This girl here is a very good friend of mine and it was her birthday. In fact, you can access her awesome blog @ Randomness By Izzy.

So I decided to do something that I haven't done in a long time: draw a portrait. I know that I just had that other passenger portraits of the MTA post, but that's different. I had to take all of her photos from Facebook and use them to create this piece. It would have been easier to just use one photo and recreate it, but then I feel I wouldn't have gotten exactly what I was looking for.

Also, I have recently come across Cameron Stewart's art and it is AMAZING. I know I'm super late in realizing that, but I was searching through some artists that someone had listed as being spectacular and his name came up. With by his beautiful inks and the fun energy that his figures possess he was my inspiration for this piece as well as this ink study.

Whether or not I do any more portraits any time soon...I'm not sure yet. There are still comic pages to draw.

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Two Fashionable Girls Ink Study

Two fashionable girls laughing done in ink.
Inking study.

In a need to improve my inking I did a study. This was inked in my handy dandy brush ink pen. When I get some more watercolor paper I will complete one in an ink wash.

Thursday, July 25, 2013

MTA Subway Sketch Series #6: Passenger Portrait Edition

This week's subway series will feature the many portraits of passengers I have drawn since I have gotten my new sketchbook in June. Normally I focus on gesture drawings, but every so often I am compelled to sketch someone's portrait. As I may have stated in previous posts, I prefer it when my subjects are unsuspecting of me. I want them to be as natural, as they can be while enduring their crowded ride to their destinations:

Monday, July 8, 2013

Scene Girl in Animal Print

I have been practicing more with flat shading. It is a whole lot faster and I don't get as fussy with the image as opposed to when I'm trying to paint. For this particular piece I drew four girls out with the intention of coloring of them all together. Since time is sparse I had to resolve to doing only one at a time while I work on other things simultaneously. When they are completed I will probably change the background(s).

Completed in Photoshop.

Friday, June 28, 2013

Girl in Malawi

When I think of the word 'tropical' I imagine myself on an island. A warm, but humid breeze kissing my sticky skin. Emerald green trees glowing in the hot sunlight. Locals and tourists adorning colors that burn my retinas. Well you, me, and about everyone else probably conjures up the same image so I wanted to go for something slightly different.

I looked up any place that would be considered to be tropical and decided to go for Malawi in southeastern Africa.  It's located in the Tropic of Capricorn. Along with looking for whatever reference I could find on the country I also came across lots of interesting information about the landlocked country. One interesting thing I learned was the significance of the Chitenge (Kitenge). It's a piece of multi-purpose cloth that can function both as a skirt, headscarf, baby carrier, and etc. Over the years I have seen plenty of women wearing/using them, but I never knew what it was called until now.

For this piece in particular, I wanted to try something that I haven't done in a while, which is flat coloring. I also took some inspiration from some old Japanese woodblock prints as well. As I drew the piece I was plagued by the fact that I thought that there just weren't enough leaves in the trees so I drew as many in as possible. After coloring the piece that thought no longer crossed my mind.

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Navy Captain is too hot...

It's been, exactly, 2 months since I last updated, but I have been drawing. I'm not ready to post up the project I have been working on, but when I am I will post it here immediately. Today's image though? This was a quick sketch I had done on Saturday and now it's turned into this. I felt that there was a real lack of color images on this blog so I figured...hey, why not?

Completed in ink and colored in Photoshop.

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

MTA Subway Sketch Series #5

With a new sketchbook in hand and a free pen from Pentel I was ready to get started drawing. On Sunday I went crazy and filled up about 3 pages immediately. This particular picture isn't from those sketch sessions though. This one is from Monday on the way home and the train totally got stuck in the tunnel because of a track fire. The pair of disembodied legs belong to a guy who was practicing a dance right in front of me. By the time I realized it he had already left the car.

In other news I am working on another project. Soon I will begin to post some sketches and drawings from it. Stay tuned.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

The Dark Knight Rises - Movie Still Sketches

Before I began working on some more character designs I decided that I wanted to loosen up with some movie still sketches. This time I did some from The Dark Knight Rises. I haven't seen the movie, but my friend said it wasn't awful. They did say that Bane, in general, was comical.

Well I didn't mean to get as detailed as I did with the top one, but I did. Upon closer inspection of the second still it came to my attention that about everything, but Bane was CG, right down to Halo looking dude in the far left. At the Comics Experience forum someone suggested doing 50 of these to practice. Well, 6 down and 44 to go.

Monday, March 11, 2013

Kill Bill, Lost Sketchbooks, & New Project

Composition Studies from Kill Bill
Scenes from Kill Bill Vol. 1
Lacking the capacity to critically solve problems for the project I was working on I decided to stop for the night and work on redrawing some scenes from a movie. I heard that this helps to work on your compositional skills from Matt Kohr @ I had done that some time ago in order to work on some action scenes. Kill Bill has tons of great shots and fight scenes so why not I thought? I could go on all day why I loved this movie. (It's the only movie that I am willing to watch multiple times.) If you are interested in doing the same you can go here to access the library @ Cinema Squid. I can't thank the people who took the time to compile this site enough.

Last week I realized that I lost the sketchbook I had won from the Dare2Draw Quickdraw Contest back in November. It's a shame too, because I was almost done with it. I needed it at the time I got it since I was almost finished with my last sketchbook. I know that I don't post as often as I should here, but I tend to get picky with what I put up here sometimes. I shouldn't be since this is my blog, but sometimes I look at things and go "Yuck! What was I thinking?!" Also, it had all of my notes from anatomy class. I can't even refer back to them and a few of them were pretty important. Ah well what can you do? Well...I guess get a new sketchbook right?

I'm also working on a new project. I will let you know more details in my next post...which will be soon actually.

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Digital Painting Studies Series #1: Portraits

Painting studies of 4 women.

2013 is the year of the Portfolio. So to kick things off I drew a piece that had about 14 figures in it. Then I realized something important: I was having issues executing the piece. Frustrated, my only option was to find a more efficient method to painting in Photoshop. Remembering a picture I had saved of someone practicing portraits, I decided to follow a similar path. Yet, taking it one step further than they did.

The goal is to get about 4 of these out p/week. As you can see there was a gap between the 3rd and 4th one. The first drawing of the 4th one looked like some weird alien so I had to redraw/repaint it. So far it's a nice exercise. It's also a great way of learning how to convey the various complexions and shades of people.

Completed in photoshop.

Friday, February 15, 2013

MTA Subway Sketch Series #4

See that man on the top? I let him have my seat and then pulled out my sketchbook immediately to draw him. It's as if he emerged out of some movie or book just so I could draw him. It was so awesome!!!

MTA Subway Sketch Series #3

While I waited in the stalled warm car due to 'congestion' at 11pm at night, I did blue sketches with my 0.5mm blue lead pencil. (The red ones were completed on the LIRR in the morning.) On the upper left hand corner was what appeared to be homeless man or vagrant just talking to himself. A little later into the ride a man sat next to him and offered him a lollipop. The vagrant politely declined and just kept to himself in utter silence. It got me to thinking how people usually keep their distance from such people in the train and outside. Part of me wondered if the people being ignored tend to feel a little less than human when that happens.

Whatever the case may have been, the vagrant got off the train and went about his business. Where he may have been off to, I have not the slightest clue.

Friday, January 18, 2013

Male Gymnasts In Action

Whilst drawing sample comic pages for a script that caught my fancy I realized that I needed to practice drawing people doing all sorts of cool, crazy moves. What better way to do that then to draw some gymnasts in action right? So for a couple of days I have been doing just that and I'm going to continue doing so throughout the week. One video I came across went over the names of the different types of moves which is super awesome, because now I don't have to just see it as people jumping and flipping. This will also help me greatly in 2016 when I'm half watching the tv screen and the gymnasts are out there doing their 'thang', so to speak.

It would be more helpful if they were nude so I can figure out exactly what the body is doing underneath those clothes. Until I come across those vids I'll just have to utilize everything I learned in my anatomy class for the meantime. Thinking of people as geometric shapes instead does help a bit I must confess.

All of these done with a pentel black colored pencil on a Canson sketchbook.