Thursday, October 9, 2014

NYCC 2014

Single Serving Comic by Ellen Goodlett and myself. 

It's the comic creators busiest time of year again, New York Comic Con! This year you can catch me at Artist Alley Table K5 with super talented writer Amy Chu on Saturday, October 11, 2014 selling her newest comic: Girl's Night Out: That's The Way Love Goes. It features the comic that I posted about here: Character Designs For Upcoming Comic that I worked on with Ellen Goodlett called 'Single Serving.'  Trish Mulvihill with there on Thursday (Oct.9). Ariela Kristantina will be there Friday (Oct.10). Louie Chin will be there Sunday (Oct. 11).

The cover of Girls Night Out: That's the Way Love Goes by Amy Chu
See you there!

UNESCO's Sojourner Truth

Sojourner Truth
Some good news to announce: I am, currently, working with UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organizationon their Women in African History series. You can check out more of the project here: UNESCO's Women in African History. It features various biographical comics of African women and women of African descent from various places across the world and highlights their contributions and accomplishments to history. My current project is Sojourner Truth (featured above). 

Sojourner Truth full body
Sojourner, who was born a slave in New York State, traveled across the US giving speeches that highlighted her experiences in slavery to aid in her fight for equality. She was an abolitionist and women's rights activist. She met two presidents, Lincoln and Ulysses S. Grant. All which is pretty amazing considering she was illiterate. While researching historical reference and being lost in all of it's awe and wonder it's quite a sobering realization that many people were enslaved as well as being tortured and abused for that simple fact. (Also, the angry mobs that targeted free people.) For those who were free there was still a system of horrible segregation in place in the non slave states and territories which made life even harder for those who sacrificed everything to acquire that freedom. 

I will continue to post updates and announce when the project will be published for you to check out. For the meantime please read the other comics already posted there from the many other talented illustrators and writers about many of these wonderful women from history. 

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Figure Studies

Recently, I came across Joshua Hunter's portfolio and saw his amazing gesture drawings. Utilizing Pixelovely's figure drawing tool I attempted to approach my figures utilizing a technique similar to his. By that, I mean the way the figures are so animated and yet he manages to maintain a good line economy. I realized, that at the end of the day, I am just me and I need to play to my own strengths. So they came out this way instead.

Paper texture from here.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Facial Expression Study from Pixelovely

At Pixelovely they offer figure and gesture drawing tools for artists. While drawing from photos will never replace drawing from life it is nice to have this free learning resource at your disposal. I wanted to do some quick studies, but I ended up spending more time on them that I realized. All of them were drawn with Prismacolor's blue lead and finished with Pentel Pigment Ink Brush Pen.

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Adventures in Space

Preparing for a short comic written by Ellen Goodlett that takes place in outer space I have been watching and reading up on anything NASA related. Since I had no desire to head out beyond the Earth's atmosphere I never had much interest in much of it. Now that I have been learning more about it my interest has been piqued.

Below are some sketch studies I have done.

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Sartorialist Study Sketch

I'm a big fan of The Sartorialist blog so I did a study based on this particular piece. It was a pencil piece that I colored in Photoshop.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Sketching @ The Strong Female Protagonist Panel @ SVA & Some Exciting News!

(There a ton of links to visit in this post.)

I attended the Strong Female Protagonist Panel @ SVA moderated by Keith Mayerson around April 1st (so this sketch is a bit old). A few of the panelists included Shelly Bond (Vertigo), Alitha Martinez (whom I have been a fan of ever since I met her back in AnimeNext some years ago), & Raina Telemeiger. The panelists spoke about their careers, how it is to be a woman in the comic industry, and about female characters in comics. I also got to speak to Phil Jimenez, Alice Meichi Li, and Regine Sawyer from Lockett Down Productions and had a great discussion with all of them. This particular picture was from when the panel was going on.

Since I have been drawing the comic I have been working on with Ellen Goodlet I decided that it was time to practice inking more. So I found a brush pen I bought at Kinokuniya Bookstore (I can't recall which one it is in particular) and set off to draw only using only that for the next 3 months. In this particular pic this woman with the coat kept moving. I know I said that it's important to try and memorize and then draw, but I was trying to study her coat and the shadows it made.  I could have just shaded in the rest of it, but I decided to just focus on the rest of the image instead.

Also, I did mention that I was working on a comic in the last paragraph. It's called 'Single Serving.' I posted the character designs in this post some time ago. Well, I have some great news: It's going to be published in Amy Chu's Girl's Night Out: The Way Love Goes. It's going to be a bonus story. Being a fan of Amy's I am really excited about being apart of her project. I'll post details when it's released.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

MTA Subway Sketch Series #10: Passenger Portrait Edition Part 2

Happy New Year!
So to kick off the first post of the year I'm going to do part 2 of my Passenger Portrait Edition that I did back in July. I figured that this would be a pretty great time to present it since I've been drawing so many portraits as of late. I suspect that I'm, currently, on some weird portrait drawing binge. Why? I don't really know, but I'm having a lot of fun. 

Passenger 1-2:

They were both drawn on the same train, but at different times of the day. The woman with the glasses was done in the morning and the man behind her on my way home. The woman was really good. She never looked up once. I had no problem with the gentleman in back of her, but I went to him after a train conductor stood right in front of my other subject to chat with her coworker that was on his way home. They discussed what an easy job collecting tickets on the LIRR was and that you get crap hours unless you have seniority. Sounds like a pretty sweet job after the first 3 years or so.

Passenger 3:

When I drew this one guy I thought what long eyelashes he had. Curly hair though, is still a huge hurdle for me so I try to draw as much of it as I can so I can learn how it works. Every time I think I got it...I don't. As for this particular guy, I caught him on the train late one night. He seemed like he just came from the gym. He never looked up...or if he did I looked away.

Passenger 4:
She is part of a larger page, but I kinda went crazy on the details with her. She was asleep the entire ride which made her super easy to get this heavily into the drawing. If there was anything I noticed, it was that it seems everyone who rides this train wears these types of coats. I have this coat drawn in my sketchbook way more often than I would like to admit.

 Passenger 5-6:
 On this particular ride I was going to sleep when I saw this older woman in the pic. She was off looking into the distance when I. Had. To. Draw. Her. I don't know what it was, but I just had to do it. Her's was a face I didn't encounter often so I had to document this joyous occasion. She was really cool about being still and not moving as well. At time our eyes met, but she never really let up with how she was sitting or posed. I guess in her head she might have been anticipating her stop. The younger girl I did after the first woman left. 

Passenger 7:

Sometimes when you sit on the LIRR you can't really see much. Also, everyone is just sitting with a deadpan look on their faces. For a train that's so comfortable with its cushiony seats and actual bathrooms you would think that the people riding it would have a little more life. I guess that's only reserved for sports games and drunk people on the weekends. There was nothing particularly special about this guy. He was just looking off into the distance.  

Passenger 8:

 Passengers on the NY Subway are far more interesting to draw than those of the LIRR. Immensely. I don't know what it is, but there's a huge difference. Ev\verybody is sleeping and tired, but maybe there's just something much more interesting about dark dirty train cars that give people way more character. This particular woman was sleeping, but she had made what seemed like a sneer as she slept. I think she may have noticed that I was drawing her, but she didn't ask to see or anything. Part of me was glad she didn't because I wondered what she would have thought about the fact that her sleeping face look something like this. It reminded me of another time I drew this guy who wore such a mean face. So when these girls asked to look at what I was doing I flashed the book as fast as I could. The face of the man completely changed into something much lighter and brighter. At that moment I felt bad, because it just made me wonder what kind of face I made when I am just doing nothing...or sleeping. Are we even aware of it?

Passenger 9:

 On the LIRR again when there was an elderly woman sitting across from me. She just read her newspaper and never looked up. This was my 2nd attempt at drawing her since the first one didn't come out so good. For this piece I used a Copic BS brush pen. To me, the best time to use it is when it's almost out of ink. When it's at this point you can get great values out what would have been just black ink.

Passenger 10-11:

 On this particular train ride I was in luck. Two women were wearing a hajib with patterns on them. Patterns elude me at times so I thought it would be nice to practice some. (Plus I'm so tired of drawing black bubble coats.) The one on the left has a much more involved pattern so it took some time to draw it. I was intensely staring at the patterns, but she only looked over a few times. I assumed that she was more preoccupied with getting off of at her stop which put her at the edge of her seat at times. The woman on the left had one with multi-colored stripes which would have been executed best with markers or colored pencils.


It's almost been 6 months since I posted part 1 of this particular series. Even though I enjoy drawing in public it's still pretty awkward when you realize that someone has noticed what you are drawing. Yet, I have to remember that it's just as awkward, and somewhat creepy, that someone is staring at you pretty intently. Though, people do see my sketchbook out so it's not as if I'm just staring at them just to stare. At least that's what I hope.