Agent Cooper

I drew this today, before I started normal drawing. I think I'm going to start little drawings like this likenesses of real people from time to time for the sake of drawing better. Or drawing likenesses better. Also, I was sorting through some boxes and found some of these cards I'd made to draw on. So, I guess that's what spurred it.

I don't know why exactly I chose him, other than it struck me that he would be hard to get down. I'm not really pleased with the end result. I don't think I really nailed him as much as I'd have liked to. People that are sort of plain or generic (i.e., without a horn in their head or something) are hard to draw recognizably. (I'm reminded of a time when I tried to draw Clark Gable, and it kept coming out like every other caricature of him anyone had ever drawn that don't actually look like him.)

I'm not too disappointed though, a quick look at drawings of Kyle MacLachlan revealed that vector tracings straight from screencaps aren't even really that recognizable (at least to me). I think that with some faces, more recognizability comes from the shapes that shadows and forms make than the outlines of features. And I think this may be one of those faces.

The drawing's 2x3, I think? I added some photoshop grey. I may ink it the next time I ink and color it the next time I color something. Maybe some shades of color will help with the likeness.

Also funny, this wasn't really based on a single photo, but it looks like any one of them because he looks the same in almost every image or screencap that he isn't doing something in.

Valentine's Day

I made this for Staci for today.

It was inspired by a 50's romance comic panel that's been floating around forever. It was finished pretty quickly, just took a couple of hours. It turned out pretty okay, but looking at it today, I could've worked on the colors a little more. That cyan is still seems pretty pristine and vivid.

It's not so much "working on the colors" as it is grinding them into glass. I haven't gotten around to committing it to paper yet, but I'm slowly working out my own printing terms for old printing (error and artifact) effects. I plan to make a numbered chart with examples of them, and use that whenever I color something like this. Then, whenever I color something like this, I'll roll a dice for how many effects, which ones, and where to put them.

Then all the effects and fake errors will be up to chance, just like when stuff like this was printed.

Whatever can add a little more authenticism, I guess.

A new thing I tried on this was to try to vary the tones. The tones on the moon are the easiest to see. The tones aren't uniform- some are bigger, some are smaller, some are touching, some are oblong. I'm proud of that, that was hard to figure out how to do. Now that I know that'll work, I can push that effect a little further the next time I color something.

Drawing Table Tuesday

Still working on a couple side projects. I was hoping one would've been finished a few days ago, but it's not yet. This one (in the picture) will be finished quickly though. I thought that branch turned out pretty good (for the 4 seconds it took)- it was a... throwback to old comics. It's a bleed that goes well off the page. When it's finished, it'll end just under the moon. I think it'll turn out pretty well after it's colored.

Also, weird note- I've been using a really high quality white gauche to make corrections and white things out, because everything else I've tried usually instantly blends with the black to make grey. I guess it's been sitting too long or something, because none of the spots on the page are drying. I squirted the top end of the tube out and that seems to have fixed it, but now there are a bunch of wet, undryable spots on the page.

Drawing Table Tuesday

New project. I was hoping it would be quick (finished by now), but it's taking a little longer than I thought. I'm aiming to be finished with it by the end of the week. ...maybe beginning of next week.

I'm aching to get back to the comic.