Monday, 29 November 2010

Bell Aremberg UPDATED!!!

After the previous acceptable likeness of Kristin Bell, seems like I managed to pull off another one (this reminds me of what they say about buses...)

I scanned this in grayscale so the skin tones are a bit dirty as I didn't remember to adjust the levels but it's a fairly decent pic (if you forgive that). Not one of me best, but a decent attempt, I think...

UPDATE That dirty looking skin colour bugged me so I rescanned the original, tweaked the levels and coloured it again. I've taken the original version down and put the new one up, adding a comparison below...

Sunday, 28 November 2010


Finally,FINALLY I managed to get a decent Kristen Bell likeness today! I'm not obsessed with her but I have been obsessed with getting her likeness right ever since I first tried to draw Elle way back during season two of Heroes.

I still haven't abandoned the pic that I posted earlier but I want to copy the lineart first in case it all goes wrong in the pencil shading stage, hence another attempt at a likeness today. I shall post that once done but I have a few artjobs on at the moment and the coldsnap is still putting up an all out assault so dunno when that'll be...

Saturday, 27 November 2010

Turning Japanese Part Two: I Really Think So

And here's the rest of the stuff completed earlier today...

Turning Japanese

Well, as ever it all started down the pub...

I forget the genesis of the idea but I came up with a tragicomic character called Zygote the Aborted Foetus, who we soon developed numerous scenarios to play around in. After picking up a few Mugg-style postcards featuring funky Japanese/urban/designer riffs of well known characters, I thought "I could do this". Last weekend I went to memorabilia for the first time in about a decade and stumbled across a similar stall selling funky designs on T-shirts and merchandise.

Again, I thought "I could do that"...and so I have. I still have a few more anime-styled designs I have jotted down but I'll post here all the cutesy Japanese style designs I've been working up since Thursday night...

You Can Ring My Bell

Curse the freezing cold snap! I've been busy drawing away this week but can only do it until I lose the sensation in my fingers due to the biting cold that seeps through my windows.

As a result, I managed to do one commission this morning after finishing other bits (which will feature in my next posts) and went on to try and do a decent Kristin Bell again (I think I lucked out with my Hayden Panetierre likeness as I can't seem to nail Bell right). I think I managed a decent headshot of her then realised it was a weird size that made getting a whole figure on the page difficult. Stumped for ideas, I dug out reference from years ago and found a Gillian Anderson pic that fitted with the headshot and space I needed, so I shamelessly lifted it!

It got too cold for me to finish it up, but things are looking hopeful at this stage, just hope I don't cock it up!

Saturday, 13 November 2010

Another Quick Update

Just another quick update as things are a bit busy at the minute but I have managed to do some drawing today. I added a phoenix effect to an old Jean Grey pic (from the A-Z thread I think), pulled out a three year old attempt at drawing in a Mucha style and added a completely new art deco backdrop to make it feel more like Mucha and I've done a few more cartoony pics for a second book to go on sale via Amazon. I also scanned in five pages of comic art that I've battered into something resembling a story, though I've only scrawled out the dialogue so will need to go through and refine it to read better and make more sense.

I also have about a foot high stack of stuff to read, with a similar sized stack of DVDs to peruse at my leisure but saw the first official Green Lantern footage today, which looks CG heavy but fun...