Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Mime Kids on a Tree

This drawing started out as a formal exercise. I noticed an interesting looking tree while driving home the other day and decided to draw it as best as I could remember. Once the tree was sketched out, it felt like it was placed on the paper in such a way that allowed for some kind of narrative to be added. Somehow that led to the egg-stealing mime kids.

Monday, December 16, 2013

Merry Christmas Tiny Tim

I wouldn't say I hate Christmas but I do have a strong distaste for the festive season. I see close to no point in beating a dead horse on the head ranting about commercialism and whatnot but hopefully this minor attempt at mischief brings genuine holiday joy to any fellow curmudgeons out there who are sick of being stuck in long hours of traffic as a result of people running out to buy crap trying to validate that they care about each other.

Monday, November 25, 2013

Satan and His Human Slave

This one was supposed to be nothing more than a quick warm-up before getting started on a new job. "Hey, I haven't drawn anything digitally in a while" I thought. Several hours later, I end up with another variation of a favorite subject of mine, evil little girls:


Monday, November 18, 2013

Los Pollos Hermanos

I was late catching up with the Breaking Bad frenzy but was blown away after recently binge-watching all five seasons. Consequently, I now find myself doodling characters from the show whenever the opportunity comes up. I had a lot of time to kill waiting in line for some paperwork the other day and here's Gus.

As a bonus, here's a very very crude sculpt of Walt:


Thursday, November 14, 2013

Bewbz

Nothing about this drawing was intended to make much sense. I was recently gifted a brown-paper sketchbook so it was mostly just a way to exploit a limited selection of pens on this kind of paper, and I have to say white pen is my new favorite thing at the moment.

And yeah, bewb-monster.

Monday, October 14, 2013

Alien-Monkey

This drawing started out as a quick exercise in ink drawing and the initial idea was to draw an alien/mutant that was trying to blend into an urban environment. Somewhere along the line, it started looking like a monkey and I got carried away with detailing it.

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Yet Another Seated-Girl Drawing

I've been in the long drawn-out process of cracking the script with this particular character's story for several years now and it's dawned on me that the most recurrent pose I draw her in is sitting around doing nothing. On the surface, that probably sounds like a boring description but I've always been more fascinated with people in moments like this. Hopefully, they're thinking about something and it's fun wondering what that could be.

Monday, September 2, 2013

Monday, August 26, 2013

Bioluminescence

If this drawing feels familiar, A.I. Artificial Intelligence was one of my favorite movies growing up. I drew it thinking of two things in the film that stood out for me: David floating with a school of fish and the transparent mechas at the end. Itching to draw something bio-luminescent, I figured it might be good to combine both visuals into something more organic. Somehow, I ended up with jellyfish-kid here:

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Wednesday, August 21, 2013

City-Dwellers

This started as part of an exercise: make a lot of drawings quickly and directly with pen, the objective being to force myself into deforming proportions in ways I wouldn't  consider with the possibility of using an eraser. Coloring it followed a similarly experimental process of overlaying rust textures until a palette emerged.

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Shakesmeares

The purpose of this post is first and foremost to get people to play Shakesmeares. I need to credit Nadia Hassan with thinking up the name and the general idea of it.

I've been promising to post this for a while now so here's to not getting my ass kicked: it all started out with the Shakespeare Insult Kit and an extended discussion of how awesome it is. At some point, Nadia suggested that it might be fun to actually draw one of those insults so we assigned each other an insult and I got "thou frothy unchin-snouted foot-licker!"



I ended up coloring my drawing but it's not a must. The point of the game is simply to draw out the insults so if you're sitting with a group of people, I'd strongly suggest taking a look at the kit, assigning each other insults and drawing them. It's righteous fun I tell ya.

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Revisiting Skull-Woman

One of my interests in digital painting is finding easier (less time-consuming) ways of achieving the sort of effects you could manually. I can't say whether or not my attempts are generally successful but with this drawing, the idea was to try and emulate the kind of work Dave McKean did in the 90s (and I'm not making a claim to be anywhere near the same level he's at).

My comfort zone's usually in drawing decaying/deformed monster-related things so I ended up going back to Skull-Woman in my attempts to try something new on the technical side of things. I've got to say I'm relatively pleased with this one.

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Fetus

This is an idea for a comic that I can't bring myself to figure out how to write. I wanted to draw this visual for a while so I ended up sketching it out anyway. I don't really have much to say about this one so I'll mention some influences: the star child from 2001: A Space Odyssey and this video.

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Al Taboor al Khames: Teaser #2

Here's a finalized panel from the first chapter of Al Taboor Al Khames, a new comic written by FDZ and coming out soon in Zamakan Magazine. If I tell you what they're afraid of, there's a ninja who's following me who'd swoop out of nowhere and kill me but I will reveal it's a horror comic.
Lots of horror.

This story was going to be black and white due to time constraints. I had initially started sketching with the hopes that we could do it in color so once we realized time was against us, I had to make some changes to the inking approach I first had in mind. I used a lot more brushwork than I normally would have to make the sky darker and ended up digitally adding a gray tone to each page to heighten the feeling of overpowering grimness. As far as the brushwork goes, I was also hoping (and hopefully succeeded) to get a much looser vibe than my previous work in comics.

Once we realized it was taking roughly the same amount of time to add a gray, we experimented with a limited color palette and argued about picking the right colors for several weeks. Once we got to the palette in the above panel, everyone involved felt at ease and the more we looked at it, the happier we were about it. My reference for the colors was how the film Zodiac was photographed. Anytime I had to defend my case, the argument usually boiled down to "But Zodiac!"

Friday, June 28, 2013

Al Taboor Al Khames: Teaser #1

The above character studies are for the first chapter of Al Taboor Al Khames, a new comic written by FDZ and coming out soon in Zamakan Magazine. It's my first collaboration on a comic and I have to say it's the best collaboration I've been a part of so far.

Jamil Bitar is one of our protagonists and the sketching process didn't change much on this story. I usually start writing with a clear idea of what the character would look like but in this case, I had a more or less complete outline before getting started. Fortunately, he was an easy character to crack as everyone involved had a similar idea of what this guy was like. I had only done one sketch of him prior to those posted here. He ended up going through a few minor changes by the time he got to final but the essence remained the same (it's mostly in the nose).

Monday, June 24, 2013

Taking a Dip


This poster was released with the sixth issue of F / I / M ² / P Magazine. The theme for the issue was skinny dipping and beyond that, I wasn't given any restrictions. Initially, I wanted to draw something a lot more complicated but ended up changing the whole drawing at the last minute when I thought of including the kid. I'm of the opinion that was a wise decision.

Friday, June 7, 2013

Puscifer

Here's yet another sketch featuring one of my favorite subjects: seated girl with a cat. My concern with this one was initially to try and get that expression on her face right but I ended up fleshing it out and liking the result enough to post it.

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Midnight Warmup

























The title of this post explains the reason this drawing exists. It was midnight and I had to get started on an illustration that required me to draw fashionable young people. Considering I wasn't too excited at the prospect, I ended up drawing the complete opposite of the task at hand. For some reason, the old man's eating eyeballs.

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Ass-Kicking

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Right... so it's a good idea to have a bic pen at your disposal as you wait to get assigned something at work. I had a paper in front of me with some very rough layout doodles (basically a bunch of straight lines). In my waiting, I drew the ass-kicker woman first and then the blur of a man (the ass-kickee) and liked what I had. In my attempts to cover up the surrounding doodles, I cobbled together a setting by scratching over the existing lines and ended up with what I think is one of my better drawings.

Monday, April 8, 2013

Angry Walk

This sketch is of a character I've been drawing for about four years now. She's popped up in some of my previous posts but I'm refraining from making any formal introductions yet as it's probably going to be a couple of years before I consider giving the project she belongs to the requisite attention (it's a long, long comic).

I haven't mustered the energy to properly document anything I've been working on for a while so I haven't been posting much. This drawing was a nice way to decompress during the late hours of the night and I'm happy with how her walk turned out so I figured I might as well put this up...

Monday, February 25, 2013

Girl with a Cat




































This drawing was an early sketch for a character in a comic I'm hoping to draw someday in the not too distant future. I ended up making some drastic changes to the latest sketches so I don't think I'm ruining any potential surprises by posting this.

Friday, February 22, 2013

Girl Bands




































This illustration was featured in the Chromosome XX version of the 4th issue of F / I / M ² / P. It accompanied an article about girl bands of the 60s and three bands were on the must-feature list. They are from top to bottom: The Ronettes, The Supremes and The Shangri Las. The fun part of working of this was drawing from reference but with a thick brush. I ended up abstracting them in a way I normally wouldn't have thought of.

Saturday, February 16, 2013

The Marked Cat of Evilness























I Google searched a skull and stuck it on an old sketch of a cat for this one...

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Roy Invades the Ring

Ol' Roy here's attacking an area I worked a particularly annoying job once.
For composition's sake, I couldn't work in his snail friend.

Saturday, February 9, 2013

Groin-Kick




































This is a poster I illustrated for the launch of the new issue of F / I / M ² / P (details on the poster). The issue's driving theme is Men Vs. Women so I wanted to do something involving aliens and astronauts considering men are from Mars and women are from Venus (obviously). As I started drawing it, I figured the saying alone wasn't enough to base myself on so I added a groin-kick. That's midnight-drawing-logic at it's finest for you.

Friday, February 1, 2013

Monster-Girl























This was a surprisingly fast drawing given the way it was shaded. Getting started, the only idea I had of how it should turn out was that I wanted something small to be saying that line. The rest was all figured out on the spot, but generally it was meant to be reflective of how people tend to define themselves by their (perceived) flaws quite often.

On a technical note, this was one of the first drawings I've done using Photoshop CS6. Some of the brushes that come with the update seem to respond a lot faster than in previous versions so I'd highly recommend a lot of people try it.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

The Suicidal Accountant























This started as a quick doodle I made as an attempt to describe another drawing of a guy with elongated eyelids. I liked it and shaded it in a more refined manner. He ended up looking like a depressed accountant who's been doing the same job for years (and might be contemplating suicide) and that is why the job position was subsequently added on his door.

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Snow

























The reasoning behind drawing this was fairly straight forward. It's been snowing and I recently finished reading Blankets, a comic that is for the most part set in the snow. I was blown away by the penmanship (and generally by everything else) in that comic so I decided to try and draw something that was somewhat similar stroke-wise. Stylistically, I didn't veer too far away from my usual approach to comics but this was a fun break from a day otherwise consisting of getting a lot of paperwork done.

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Super-Bonding

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This illustration accompanied an article titled "DC vs. Marvel" in the third issue of FIMP. My plan was originally to draw a giant battle or something extravagant like that. While that's still there to some extent, I made a last minute decision to bring forward what mostly drew me to superhero comics in the first place and it's that they're essentially a bunch of orphans dealing with their issues on an operatic scale. Enough people seemed to have found this drawing funny so I suppose the humor inherent to the genre came across pretty well.

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Alien City

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This drawing was a sample I made for a project that never came through but I'm still very happy with it.  The idea was to try and combine M.C. Escher and Dark City as the project involved world building in a way that used distorted perspective. It was a pretty cool project and it fell apart mostly because I didn't manage to fit it in schedule-wise... One of those lost opportunities...

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Celebrating the New Year and Poop




































You're probably wondering why this post's title includes the word "poop." The highlight of my celebrations for the new year was indulging a request by my younger cousins to draw a man pooping. They started by demanding that I draw Santa performing the aforementioned action but after an extensive negotiation, I convinced them that his metabolism works in such a way that he doesn't need to use the bathroom (I already drew him on heroin so I figured I'd cut him some slack).

At this point, you're probably wondering how this has anything to do with the above drawing. I ended up drawing a myriad of things with my cousins as we ended up playing a guessing game for most of the evening and this is something I suggest for all illustrators to try out. There's nothing like drawing live for a bunch of kids to get the old noodle working so by the time they got sleepy and went to bed, I was in a pretty good drawing mood and this sketch came out. It's one of my favorites in a long time so the lesson of the day is:

If a kid asks you to draw a man pooping, you'd better do it.