August 7, 2012


I've been feeling pretty jazzed with the drawing lately, so I thought I'd take Storm off the Req-a-sketch list. I did a hurried version of this a couple minutes before bed in a hotel somewhere in Utah, planning to get back to it once I returned home. Of course, once home, I promptly tucked the sketchbook that I had taken with me into a drawer and forgot about it (why use paper when you have a shiny computer, right?) until just recently. Pulled it out a couple days ago and finally got some time tonight to see where I could take it.

Clearly I took some  liberties with the character design, running off the idea that Ororo the weather shaping mutant was worshiped as a goddess by her tribe while growing up, and imagining where that might take her were she to have stayed. I played a lot with perspective here, and I'm pretty happy with the results. Hopefully it's something I'll be able to do more of in the near future.

In other, likely interesting to no one but me, news... I do believe I've made an official edit to my signature. As you can see in the above pic, I added the year underneath my little scribble, and I'm quite liking the way it looks. I used to put dates of some kind or another on my work ages ago, before I had really settled on a signature of any kind, and it's something that proves quite valuable. At times when you feel like you've hit a wall and just aren't growing as an artist, it's important to be able to take a quick look into your past to see where you came from, and understand your development as a function not just of effort and skill, but of time as well.

Aaaaand that's it for me. It's almost time for my wife to get up and head off to work, which means it's far past the time when I should have packed it in...


August 6, 2012


I'm taking a lot longer with these than I'd like to admit (they're supposed to be quick, loose, and experimental) but I'm consistently pleased with the results, so I can't chastise myself too much. Spent between 3 - 5 hours on this one, which is about twice as much as I'd hoped. The goal here was to nail the expression, but I found myself spending a lot of time working, and then re-working, the lighting of the brow and the space around the horns. In the end though, I'm gonna claim success (largely so that I can move on guilt free), and ignore the fight for attention going on between the eyes and the rim lighting of his head.

Moving right along!