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Posted in Sketches with tags , , , , , , , , on October 23, 2008 by jddennis

Gotta admit it — I’m something of a Star Wars nerd. I can recite major lines, I’ve read most of the books, I read the comics, I play video games, I have close to 10,000 posts attributed to my name on the official Star Wars forums… the only Star Wars related things I haven’t done are costuming, large-scale toy collecting, and the paper-and-pencil RPG (and that’s not for lack of desire). 

As part of my fall to the dark side, I picked up the book You Can Draw Star Wars earlier this year. I’ve dabbled around with it a bit, but not much. I had an early sketch of a TIE fighter that was moderately successful, but didn’t really wow me. Today, I decided to sit down and do a sketch of Yoda. It turned out to be quite good for a first attempt, if I must say so myself.

To touch on some of the more technical aspects, I used a 2B pencil to first do a quick sketch of the basic outline. Then, I inked it using an ultra fine point Sharpie. Sharpies are my pen of choice when it comes to writing, but I hardly use them for actual drawing. I don’t like how they bleed through to other pages, and also the ink isn’t archival (meaning that it will fade over time). Additionally, I find the lines to look fuzzy. I typically use Pigma Microns, which is a more expensive but overall better pen for the kind of work I want to do.  This year, when I went to Baltimore Comic-con, I was really surprised to see how many people in Artist Alley were using Sharpies to ink their sketches. So, I thought I’d give the Sharpie another try.

Overall, I think the inking is okay. The Sharpie allowed me to fill in the blacks rather quickly, but there still were some of the original issues that I disliked earlier. I doubt I’ll be using the Sharpie as a go-to pen, but it’s an okay resource for a little variety.

I like the picture quite a bit, overall. So far, I think its probably my favorite of the ones I’ve showcased so far. I think the eyes are a bit cattywumpess, but other than that I’m pretty happy.

Is there a Monster?

Posted in Sketches, Uncategorized with tags , , , on October 20, 2008 by jddennis

This is just a basic sketch that really captures how I do things now — buggy eyes, dumpy body, wild hair. What would I like to improve about this? I don’t think the text is so hot. It’s legible, but it doesn’t look nice. I’m also not thrilled about the panic marks on the left side of his head. They’re a little too bulky too really be effective. Also, I think the picture would’ve been more dynamic if I had turned that single line into a corner. It would’ve added a bit of pop that it’s missing.