About 3 or 4 months before The London Film and Comic Con, I'd practically run out of inspiration. I wanted to draw, but couldn't do it, and when I tried, it looked so terrible that I regretted even opening my sketchpad! This was until I had a terrible song (Another Way To Die - Jack White and Alicia Keys) stuck in my head, and it was one that I didn't even know the lyrics to! So, I went on youtube and listened to it, so I could put my mind at ease, and in the related videos column I saw a video that was about a South Korean figure skater named Yu-Na Kim. She was skating to a medley of James Bond songs (of which Another Way To Die is one), so I clicked on it, and BOOM, I was metaphorically slapped in the face with the even more metaphorical fish of inspiration!
So, whilst listening to a song that DOES inspire me (How Far We've Come - Matchbox Twenty), I set about drawing her. Here's what I came up with:
Unfortunately it's a little blurry, but otherwise I thinks it's quite good, aside from the directions her eyes are facing and the shape of the eyes in correspondence with each other.
This is the picture I drew from:
I did my drawing on the 06-07-11, three days before I went to the convention, so I was all fired up to go and enjoy all the amazing art there, and guess what?
I haven't posted in aaages! Wow, it's been four whole months! In that time, I haven't actually done all that much drawing - I've been kind of lazy! I did, however, go to The London Film and Comic Con, last Saturday, which was awesome! I managed to get some drawings done for me!
Sodam Yat by Jackademus.
Wolverine by Darick Robertson.
The first is my favourite out of the two, Sodam Yat is one of my favourite all time characters, and Jackademus brought him to life for me, in much the same way that Michael Turner brought any character he drew to life.
My girlfriend, Lani and I tried our respective hands at Japanese Calligraphy during the convention and here's what we came up with:
Lani in Japanese Katakana.
Shaun in Japanese Katakana.
It was bloody difficult, I tell you! However, the woman who showed us how to do it, seemed quite impressed with them, and when I showed one of my work colleagues, who can read and speak Japanese, the one that I did, she had the look of astoundment on her face, almost not being able to believe that I'd done it myself! Haha!
Well, I very recently drew a picture of Mia Matsumiya, a member of the experimental metal band Kayo Dot, and model for David Mack's Kabuki graphic novel series. I drew the picture from a photo I saw on her Facebook page! This is the photo:
I decided to do this because I'd recently been to a Dr. Sketchy's and realised that I cannot draw, so I need some uber-serious practice! This is the end result:
I know it's not the best drawing I've ever done, but considering I haven't drawn properly in a while I think I did okay! Also, I was wondering whether or not to put it up on Facebook, so I asked Mia herself, (the wonders of technology) and she wanted to see it! So the next day, i put it up, waiting to hear screams from halfway around the world as people's eyes started to melt from looking at it, but what I got surprised me to no end! She said that she loved it! So much so, in fact, that she had set it as her desktop wallpaper! Well, as you can imagine, this made my day! Plus, later on I saw a DeLorean DMC-12 at a hand car wash near my house, but I can't put those photos on my computer yet, so you'll have to wait to see them!
As a child at school, you'd expect that I'd have played with paints or even been shown how much water to mix with my paint in art class. This is a gross over-expectation. I have never touched a paint set in my ENTIRE life, up until very recently that is, when Lani let me experiment with her paints one day while I was hanging out with her while she was at uni!
This, ladies and gentlemen, is the result:
If you've looked at this blog before, then you'll know that this picture is from my first post - it's a photocopy of the drawing, which I then (very expertly, of course) painted on! I'd say it's pretty good, considering it's the first time I've ever painted!
Also, It might look like I have put a cheesy effect over the picture - I have not, it's just the fact that the water from the watercolour paint made the paper wet, and it dried in a kind of wavy looking way!
Next comes my favourite drawing using my nice Faber-Castell PITT artist pens! It's a drawing of Aspen Matthews from the creator owned series Fathom, by Michael Turner. It's not a full drawing, just eyes nose and mouth, but what I like about this drawing is the amount of detail I've paid to these.
Here, have a look:
I think I got the perspective right with the eyes too! It's very difficult to get the perspective right a lot of the time, as most of my drawings will show, but this time, I've drawn a prime example of how to do it right (for once)!