Sunday, October 11, 2009


A quick sketch, done in Autodesk Sketchbook Pro and tweaked a bit in Photoshop.

Monday, September 21, 2009

The ugly, the pretty, and the dinosaur - part 2

The redrawn image from the last blog entry, finished in long last.

I declare it finished otherwise I'll continue dicking around with it for another week.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

The ugly, the pretty, the dinosaur, part 1

Decided to redraw a picture from, oh, more than a year ago.

It's not finished yet, but it's late now so I'll continue tomorrow.

Damn how time flies.

Last year's version can be seen in this blog post

Any improvements?

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Ink, brush, create

I've decided to try out inking using india ink and a brush.

But first, of course, one needs practise.

Result! A test for something bigger, hopefully, for Schlock magazine.

I like the effect of ink on plain old board.

I have no scanner at the moment, so photos will have to suffice.

Later got around to having some fun with the SLR and Poladroid.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Sketch for the day

A favourite subject of mine.

Unimaginative? You bet your ass. But I will insert some lame excuse here, and, uhh,
let me give myself a break.

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Venusian Rescue! an Ultranauts adventure

A step by step of my latest illustration. Nothing too fancy, really.

Aaand there it's done! Hoorah!

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Nazis and the Schlock cover: Part 2

A quick recap, if one was ever needed - I got to do a cover for online pulp anthology Schlock. In the first post in this series of sorts, I chronicled how the linework was brought about, a post you can read here

So first off, what I call the quick and dirty colours. This was all done with default Photoshop brushes on a layer over the lines set on 'Multiply'. By playing around with the different brush and opacity settings one can create an interesting texture over which to do some main colours.

After a bit of refinement, I threw a texture over the colours, basically a layer set on 'Overlay'. The texture in this case comes from a rusted metal column the girlfriend very kindly took a photo of. If you're curious, check out the original photo here.

More playing around with Opacity/brightness settings, and two more textures. One is another photo, this time of an old city wall, which you can check out here. The second is a generic paper texture, taken from Mayang's ultra-useful Texture Library.

Discussion with T concluded that we weren't that happy with the colours - yet. So it was time to tweak the colours; first via a bit of desaturation (through the Saturation/Hue/Lightness panel) and then the blues were increased in order to make the background 'colder' and hopefully the figure would pop out a bit more.

Noisese is generated over the picture (through Filters - Noise - Generate Noise) to give a fine textured effect I tend to quite like. And finally, some excitng sounding (hopefully) magazine text is thrown around in wild abandon. Yes, Schlock issue 2 WILL have a story involving John Keats and a Succubus, so in no way I made that one up. So go check out Schlock for your quality reading needs, and let me know what you think!

An in progress: Nazis and the Schlock Issue 2 cover: Part 1

At the moment I am doing some artwork, such as covers, for an internet magazine created by a few friends of mine. It's a pulp anthology rightly named Schlock and now it's on its second issue. I did the cover, together with T who did the inks.

The issue's theme is 'Exploitation' so immediately the idea to do something Nazi related came to mind. Nazisploitation, if you will, as in the Ilsa She Wolf of the SS movie series
So here is the very first sketch, done on a random piece of notebook pad. The pose was taken directly from this poster to Ilsa Harem Keeper of the Oil Sheiks

After that I went to photoshop for more sketching. The sketch on the right striked me as the better pose, so work went on that one.

So with a pose decided, yet another sketch was done. The original idea was to do the illustration in the form of a poster to a movie about Nazis coming from the moon on flying saucers, thus the text. However since it was going to be a magazine cover we decided to keep it all more general.

The sketch above was sent to T for inking. T's style is very angular and spiky, which I think actually suited the piece quite well.

With the lines settled, it was time to open Photoshop and start doing the colouring. Since that process would make this blog entry too big (and blogger is a bit unwieldy to compose posts with in the first place) I'll do the inprogress for that in a second post. Keep tuned.

STOP PRESS ! Check out part 2!

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Long time no post

I have to admit of not being very active here on this blog.

Hopefully this year will change that?

Here's a couple of things anyway.

This one was more of an exercise than anything else.

And some fun with character designs.

Friday, September 19, 2008


While the Joker is one of my least favourite of Batman's Rouges Gallery, I was somehow inspired to do a drawing of him today.

Mind I wanted to do this for a bit since reading The Long Halloween by Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale.