Monday, September 15, 2014

Sir Aldwyn Windberry


Yesterday, my wife gave me a big pile of brown cardstock that she found when she was cleaning out her desk.

I'd been wanting to try out some parchment-looking paper for awhile, so today I just started sketching on it.  I did a couple quick sketches, mixed up a white acrylic paint wash and just saw what materials and inks the paper held well and what it didn't.

Anyway, I ended up drawing this guy:  Sir Aldwyn Windberry.  He is a character inspired by my friend Cristela's bicycle, which she had also named Sir Aldwyn Windberry.  When she told me the bike's name, we riffed and rattled off a description of what he likely looked like and what kind of person he was.  This picture should tell you a lot about that.

Sir Aldwyn was a great exercise in character creation and design and a great example of how something simple can spark ideas and how they can snowball from there.

A popular question I get is "where do you get your ideas from?".  This is an example of the fact that ideas and inspirations are everywhere, you just have to train yourself to see them.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

"Whatever..."

This is just a drawing I did late the other night on a whim.  Just a lone skater kid with that "whatever' look on his face that I love so much(hence the name)

I even recorded me drawing it, so you can see the process in super fast motion if you're so inclined.  

Or you can pass on it.

Whatever.


Wednesday, August 27, 2014

The Conqueror Igor


For the past couple weeks, I've been drawing all kinds of madness, nonsense, chaos, and shenanigans as I work on hammering out a new way of illustrating(I'm making slow, but sure, progress).  So this week I decided to jump back on the Illustration Friday wagon for the topic of "Skull".

This was the perfect opportunity for me to draw something in my wheelhouse, to draw my characters of Gunther the Owl and the Warrior Igor, and to pay tribute to the writing of Robert E. Howard, whose "Conan" stories inspired me to create Igor in the first place.



Truth be told, Igor is not smart enough to conquer much of anything, so this illustration is more of how he sees himself.  King by his own hand, as was his forefather, Conan.

(time for a shameless plug)
You can read about the Warrior Igor in my book "Rock and a Hard Place" by clicking HERE
and/or buy this illustration in print form by clicking HERE