Thursday, April 19, 2012

Wk 15: Roller Derby Queen Brunhilde

Wanted to try some new things this week.  Its been a long time since I'd drawn anything on paper and I really have no experience with brush pens or markers so I gave that a try.  I also wanted to try coloring over grey scale values so I laid the color on top if it in photoshop and did some additional touch ups.  Its a sloppier style than I'm used to, but I was trying to get out of my comfort zone.

See a composite of the different stages over at my personal blog: Still Reaching


  1. Sloppier, a bit but a bit tighter and a bit more focused than the digital stuff. Your lines and edges are nice and tight, definite and un-futzed with. I think the thing is traditional media forces you to make solid decisions where digital allows you to lay down stroke after stroke till things turn fuzzy or muddy. This is a good step keep going!

    Can't comment about this without saying how much I love this character. It's like Rob Riggle and Chris Farley had a baby and it's her! So disturbing, so good.

  2. Thanks, Craig. I was pretty happy with it until I got to the coloring stage. The thing I'm noticing about myself is that I get nervous when I have large areas with nothing in them. That, combined with most of my construction starting with circles, is making me feel like nothing is as inspired as it should be. I think I'm going to make an effort to "de-bulk" my characters and focus more on different shapes. I was watching a video of Skottie Young drawing today and he had mentioned that he always tries to start with an odd head shape because people can fall into having a stock shape for all of their male heads, female heads, etc. I've definitely prayed at the alter of Bruce Timm long enough that I have a set head shape. I'm going to try and break a few habits here in the near future.

  3. Ben, your line work in this drawing is really excellent. The greyscale drawing on your personal blog is beautiful ! She has so much character , I really love this one, great job.