Monday, March 31, 2014

Ben: Hellboy!

With the recent Hellboy anniversary, I thought I would bang out a little fan art.  Just a fun little doodle sketched and inked in Manga Studio and colored in Photoshop.

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Ben Hale
twitter: Needyourdisease

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Hey Look another Dr. Sketchy Poster

Hey look! It's another Cleveland Dr. Sketchy poster! 

For shits and giggles, instead of using photoshop this month, I created the original version of the poster in Illustrator (the one following this bable). 

The image above is the no text version of the poster that I tweaked for this blog because ..well why the hell not!


Monday, March 24, 2014


Been out for a couple weeks becoming a Father to a beautiful, healthy baby girl.  Now we are home, relearning how and when to sleep and getting back into posting with some recent sketches.
Hope you enjoy!

 Old school Cap.

 Happy Birthday Big Red!


an old sketch, Silver Hellboy, long story.

Tess And The Monster: WIP

Last week I killed a sketchbook, and I realized almost none of it has made it to our corner of the internet. 

I facilitate a life drawing session every couple of weeks at BAYArts where my pals take off their clothes and I draw them next to some nonsense in my sketchbook.  Here is one of those drawings. I'm hoping to find the time to get it colored sooner rather than later, and I promise I'll get it up here the moment I do.  

Another reason to break my needless radio silence is the Cleveland Scene has nominated me for best local illustrator this year, as well as nominating the Rust Belt Monster Collective best local painter.  It'd mean the world to us if you could take the time to vote for us here.  

Thanks SO MUCH! 

Your Pal, Randy

Thursday, March 13, 2014

My ATC Cards


A few Artist Trading Card (ATC)'s I drew for a show this weekend (3-15-2014) at Breakneck Art Gallery in Lakewood, Oh.

All three cards were drawn with pens and markers, on 2.5 inch by 3.5 inch textured paper.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Ben: Character Updates

I've had so much fun doing the birthday caricatures of my friends that I thought I would try the same on myself. To up the challenge, not that my "unconventional" head shape isn't enough, I decided to 
do a model-sheet style turn around.  Boy, was that not fun.

At the same time, I've been doing a redesign on my superhero character.  I'd gotten enough comments about it resembling other superheroes and the character art being too small, that I decided that a redesign was in order.  I always knew that I wanted some kind of medieval connection to the character so I started pushing in that direction.
After I had the new design locked down.  I started to play with character color variations.  I stayed pretty close to the original Blue and Orange, but muted it and added some armor.

Next up was building the character in Toon Boom Animate Pro.  From there, I was able to play with the line weight until I found one that would look good once shrunk down.  I've always wanted that retro- arcade look, even though the character is probably way bigger in resolution than any of those other games were.

The other benefit to working in Animate Pro, is that I can use bones and symbols to simulate animation without having to redraw everything.  Hopefully, it will cut down on a lot of the time I'll spend creating the animations.  Below is a quick test (definitely not final animation).

That's all for now.  If you'd like to see more updates as I they happen, visit my blog at or follow me on twitter at NeedYourDisease

-Ben Hale

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Ben Grabs His Sketchpad and Draws From Life

It has been at least 6 months since I've done any live, live drawing.  Oh sure, I've done the occassional rough sketch of a reference photo, but as far being in the room, it had been too long.  I'm sure I said it before on this blog, but life drawing is important.  And I can't think of anywhere I'd rather practice life drawing than at Dr. Sketchy. Look online.  I'm sure there's one in your town.

Monday, March 3, 2014

Good week for sketchying

Last week was a good week for sketching.
Lana Turner 

Don't remember the last time I actually played in my sketchbook.  This one is pencil, colored pencil, marker and paint marker.  AND a trip to our monthly Dr. Sketchy Anti Art School Cleveland created these!