To be totally candid: I’m just trying out different notebooks that cost less than Moleskine’s, the “budget alternatives” if you will. So the Red Co Impressions series clocks in around a tenner, and it’s got 240 pages, they are a good weight, but unfortunately the hardcover is not very hard Continue Reading
I heard Jim Lee (THE top comic artist of the last 20 years) speak long ago about non-photocopy blue pencils. You sketch in pencil, then pick out the best lines in non-photo blue and erase, only the blue lines will remain, allowing you to have a nice wire frame for Continue Reading
I spent years using the trusty Pentel Sharp P207, but a couple of years ago, my favorite mechanical pencil became the Pentel GraphGear 800. The 800 has everything the P207 has, plus a more solidly mounted eraser, a raised grip where your fingers touch, and a sturdy, all-metal, tip that Continue Reading
The Pentel Sharp P207 is one of the finest mechanical pencils ever made. It’s weight is perfect, the grip is optimal, the clip is removable (which I usually do), and it’s so rugged you can use it to get a rock out of your tire tread and go back to Continue Reading
I’m a big fan of the Pilot Precise V5 and I picked up a few of these Vison Needles thinking that Uni-Ball might be able to take a similar setup to the V5 and offer some improvements. It’s not without question that one of my favorites will get dethroned, it Continue Reading
This is a digital painting I did in Corel Painter 11. I started with a “pencil” layer, then used the various brushes (Painter has excellent brush stroke realism), and then processed the final image in Adobe Photoshop CC.
Just starting to read IDW’s Lost Light. New Faber-castell brush pen greys I bought on sale at Utrecht.
Kind of a “Transformers Animated” version of Shockwave.
I’ve always loved this plane, I’ve drawn it many times. This drawing is less than 4 inches wide.
As always, I’m using the trust P22 Sharp from Pentel and Faber0Castell Pitt Pens, and a highlighter. The quote is from “The Outer Limits” episode “Soldier.”
This article isn’t about the knockoffs that say they’re from “Tamika Tawny” instead of “Takara Tomy” or “Hardhead” is named “Thick Skull,” this is about the KOs that seemingly give no warning that they are not the official product. “Right Now” because this is all very specific to this moment Continue Reading
Pencils, paper, then colored in Photoshop, I don’t believe I actually used ink, now I can’t remember.
Here’s a painting I did of a Dontez Akins photo (used with permission).
Here is a painting I did for a local stage play coming in July. More info here.
Faber Castell Pitt Pens and the new Pentel GraphGear 800 0.7mm mechanical pencil I’m trying out. As always, I use White Pearl erasers. This is Jason from Part 6 seemingly…
I’ve been using the Pentel GraphGear 800 (PG807), 0.7mm mechanical pencil, and inking with Faber-Castell Pitt Pens. This is an homage to the Generation 2 Optimus Prime that came out in the 90’s, but this is the new Prime from 2017’s Titans Return line.
I used to think “Night Gallery” was just a Twilight Zone reel dropped in a bottle of Jovan Musk, but it’s really much more. Here are a few deep cuts you’ll want to check out. Click here to watch Night Gallery on Hulu The Caterpillar – A British expatriate, exiled Continue Reading
I don’t own a lot of third party figures, but it was hard to pass up the solid deal that is DX9’s Invisible. This is a “masterpiece-scale” Mirage figure, which is something Hasbro hasn’t gotten around to yet. I paid in the high 50’s on eBay which feels like a Continue Reading
I’ve been fascinated with the tales of The Flying Dutchman, a ghost ship never allowed to return to port. It may have been based on reflections on the ocean’s surface making ships in the distance appear to float several feet off of the surface.
One problem transformers get as they age is loose joints. On a lot of the older figures, this can be remedied by the tightening of screws, but the newer figures are designed to come apart rather than break when forced, resulting in the usage of more ball joints. I’m going Continue Reading
The ’88 Transformers are odd to me. They started using big areas of solid color depicted in plastic rather than paint (also the year they stopped having rub sign faction symbols to delineate real figures from knockoffs, a practice that would return for nostalgia’s sake years later). The face sculpts Continue Reading
Have you ever seen a nice, vintage, Transformer on eBay and thought “most of that aging looks cosmetic?” Well, here is a technique I use to clean a Transformer, remove the stickers (“labels” if you choose), and reapply new stickers to have a fresh and clean-looking collector’s item. I got Continue Reading
Sometimes I use photo reference, if the photo is good enough…
Best Deluxe Class in the whole set in my opinion…
This is Insecticon Bombshell from Transformers Generation 1, I pencilled it with a Pentel P22 and inked it with Faber-Castell Pitt Pens, the color was done in Photoshop
This guy is from the new Combiner Wars Transformers set, one of the Aerialbots.
I’ve always loved the Brainiac from the 80’s DC Comic Super Powers (successor to The Super Friends). He was a robot with an exposed brain and he rode around space in a big skull ship. I drew this in pencil, inked it with Faber-Castell Pitt Pens, and colored it using Continue Reading
Generation one Decepticon Kickback, I was trying to use a lot of black on this one…
This is from a couple of years ago. Faber-Castell brush pen on the red