Thursday, August 30, 2012


I love the art Capcom produces for their fighting games.  It's fresh and stylized, and it always makes me want to draw something.  It's difficult trying to draw a character that is so defined by the artistic style they're presented in, but it's fun too.   This is a character from Street Fighter 3 (III?), and most drawings of him are broad shouldered with huge boxing gloves, and really just in a style that differs a lot from my own.  I feel like he's probably recognizable to people that know him, but I didn't really get that "Capcom" feel I wanted.  Good fun though..


Wednesday, August 29, 2012

A Fast Chick..

Laziness is a killer for art.  I left myself no time to get anything done today, so I chose to do a 30 minute sketch to at least get something down for the day.  There are so many amazing artists that can do quality pieces in a short period of time, not so for me yet.  Contrasting this with yesterday's more time consuming pic, the quality is like night and day.  Just the same though I'd rather look at this than go to sleep with nothing on the paper.  My fingers are crossed for better stuff tomorrow..


Tuesday, August 28, 2012

It's Not Supergirl...

Today was a good day!  I was worried about going to back to work after a nice vacation,not so much because of working, because I don't do much of that regardless, but about how it would affect this at-least-one-drawing-a-day thing I'm trying to commit to.  So after a nice shift I brought the pad to the closest Starbucks (so poser I know) and laid it down.  Mission accomplished.  Icing on the cake was sketching in my Moleskine at IHOP later.

The pen in this pic is a disposable Zebra brush pen.  I've become a huge fan of my Pentel Pocket Brush Pen, it's easily the most versatile tool I've used (my fellow FreestyleRonin artist Antonio commented that it was almost cheating to use it).  It's also very hard to control for me so far, so I experimented with some other brands.  This one has a dual felt tips (medium and fine), which has been a problem for me with other brands.  They seem to fray and wear out too quickly.  This one got excellent reviews about the ink outlasting the tips, and ,so far, I'm confident that will be true.  My Pentel can make hair thin lines, but I find myself still using tech pens instead for fine details.  With this Zebra I can do a whole drawing with one pen.  It's not great for filling in blacks, but for sketching and inking this disposable is a solid pen.  The Pentel is still my favorite though, for the record.

TheGraphitist is wordy tonight...


Sunday, August 26, 2012


I haven't been very artistic today, and it's a bad feeling knowing my vacation is over.  I would have liked to have closed out my week off with a stronger piece, but this is what came out.  

It's Storm from the X-Men, back from when she rocked a mohawk and leather apparel for a costume, I've always dug that look more than her others.  This was also a good chance to test out some new brush pens I got a couple days ago, I always like have new things to draw with...


Saturday, August 25, 2012

Swamp Thing thing

I thought I'd close out my red eye theme with a character I've never drawn before, someone that I thought would be challenging.  I've never read a Swamp Thing comic, and I really don't know a whole lot about him outside of the wikipedia page I visited earlier this evening.  I think I need to check out the Alan Moore run for sure.  

This started as a sketch that turned into more than I could finish tonight, but my blog kept telling me "upload something!"  The whole picture will probably be up on FreestyleRonin sometime this weekend, so check that out soon!


Thursday, August 23, 2012

It's Always Sunny

I used to read the Spawn comic back in the day, I didn't miss an issue for years.  I never particularly liked the story, but the art was always top notch.  Violator was a recurring villain, and a good choice for my next red eyed character.  I wish he didn't remind me of Danny DeVito so much though..I wanna get this off the front page as soon as possible now.



So the whole point of this drawing was to draw a character with a red eye, and what's the one part I get completely wrong?  That's Murphy's law I suppose...I'll be that much happier when my white pens arrive.  This dude is from the Naruto manga, he's been a badass so far.  


Tuesday, August 21, 2012


I'm still having a thing for drawing characters with red eyes, and I don't think I've ever drawn Darkseid before.  I still remember being young and not knowing how to say his name, I must have called him "Darkseed" for years.  


Monday, August 20, 2012


I hate drawing Superman.  From my pencils he always seems to be boring looking.  And I can just never get that idealized face down.  While I'm sketching around tonight I draw the most boring face, and it clicks to just put an S curl and some heat vision on him.  Yeah...looks like I'm drawing red eyes the rest of the week too!



I was trying to think of a theme to take through the whole week, and although I didn't come up with anything I did crank out a quick sketch of Wolverine.  Maybe more X-Men to come?


Sunday, August 19, 2012

Who's number 1?

Inking is a relatively new thing for me.  I've always dabbled in it here and there, but now I'm making a conscious effort to learn.  Line weights and spotting blacks and adding textures add so much, and inking really makes a sketch pop.  I used a brush pen for this, and that thing takes practice, so expect to see more soon!


Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Venom Sketch

Working on the road is tough sometimes, I always feel better before a long shift when I put something to the pad.


Tuesday, August 14, 2012


A doodle of Mr. Crane, this might be my last Batman themed pic for a while.  I feel like I gave some of the more obscure characters some love.  I'm still getting the hang of drawing digitally, so it's all good practice.


Monday, August 13, 2012

Namor Sketch

I recently started drawing more with my tablet and laptop, this sketch came out from a random practice session.  I still don't feel fluid like I do with physical media, so I suppose I'll just have to keep trying, right?

The character is Marvel Comics' Namor, they own him and stuff.


Saturday, August 11, 2012

The Process

I've always liked seeing the work that goes into a good drawing, from watching the gestures in the beginning to signing it at the end.  I recently got a request to draw a fellow deviant's original character, and in my unfocused moments in between stroking the paper (please behave) I snapped some pics of my progress.  I still have some corrections to do, and I'm really not feeling the arm holding the sword, but I'm pretty satisified with it overall.  It's all a learning process, right?



Friday, August 10, 2012

Bloodwork WIP

Truly a work in progress.  Damn, look at all those eraser shreds hanging out at the bottom...


Thursday, August 9, 2012

I'm still on my Batman kick, today it's Mister Freeze.  Thinking about Arnold playing him all those years ago still gives me nightmares, could his lines have been any cornier?

Sketches like this look so rough to me, and yet they are where my brain fires the fastest.  Laying down the bubble figure and figuring out the pose, and just having that raw energy that  gets lost in a finished piece lots of times are the best things about drawing.


Still on my Batman kick, this is my take on the Riddler.  He's kind of always been the joke of the Batman world, like a poor man's Joker.  I think he'd look better with some shades..


Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Penguin Sketch

After drawing a (by my standards) good Batman earlier this week I got the urge to sketch out some of his cast.  I don't think I've ever drawn the Penguin before, it's hard to make him look like a threat.  This turned into one of those pics where the sketch looked better than the ending, but that's just fuel for the next one.  


She's the strongest woman alive!


Tuesday, August 7, 2012

I'm The Surgeon

I miss those days as a kid when everything I watched made me want to immediately pick up a pencil and draw it.  I had one of those moments recently after seeing my favorite comic ever was getting translated to an animated movie (Watch it!)  Batman delivers one of the hardest lines ever as he's breaking his enemy's leg, and this was a blast to draw.