Saturday, March 23, 2013

Magneto Wedding Officiator

I'm taking Suggestions again, over on my Facebook page.  This Time I'm asking for suggestions based on fictional characters. Last time I just did quick pen and ink drawings of each suggestion but this time I'm going to spend a little more time on each drawing to exercise my art muscles a little. I feel like I've been getting a little rusty in certain areas and I figured this would be a fun and challenging way to get some practice in.

This first suggestion comes from Michael Kwan.  His suggestion seems to be based on the recent news that actor Ian Mckellen would be officiating Patrick Stewarts wedding. Of coarse, Ian Mckellen played Magneto in the X-men along with Patrick Stewart but Patrick Stewart is probably more famous for his role in Star Trek: The Next Generation. Michael chose to go with the less obvious suggestion that Magneto be officiating Captain Picard's wedding rather than the Magneto officiating Proffesor X's wedding.

I decided to challenge myself a little by drawing the characters in a more comicbook fashion which has made me realize that I need to brush up on my anatomy a little. I've gotten so used to illustrating more cartoony characters that I've sort of lost touch with how all the muscles connect and work together.  Rest assured, I'm already doing some figure drawing sketches to fix that problem. I've got to be the best!

On to the next one. I think I might add some color this time too.

Monday, March 18, 2013

More Caricatures

I recently completed another caricature/portrait.  I hesitate to say that they are fully a caricature because I don't exaggerated the features as much as I could but I wanted it to be more of a cartoonish portrait.

This one was done for my friend Dylan's Mom and her husband.  We stayed with them in Washington last year for vacation and they had asked me if they could commission me for a portrait.  I decided to do it for free since they had been so hospitable.  Unfortunately, it took me a little longer than expected to get to the drawing as I had some more pressing projects to complete but they understood completely.  

 The inks were done with my usual tools, A Pentel brush pen and some Copic multiliners for the finer details. The color was done with some Prismacolor markers and I added some minor shading with some Prismacolor color pencils.  I recently purchased an assortment of skin tone markers so I was excited to give them a try. I'm hoping that I'll have  some opportunities to play around with the markers a little more and get better at using them.  There's something about using the traditional means of illustrating that is a bit more relaxing and satisfying than doing things digitally.