Details, Details

I really enjoy it when Transformer art has a lot of the real toys detail included. Here’s a picture of Power of the Primes Battletrap I did, and I thought I would include a pic of the toy it’s based on this time. I penciled this with a Pentel Sharp P207 and inked it with Faber-Castell Pitt Pens.

 

Here is a look at the inks…

Here is what the pencils look like. I always use a .07mm mechanical pencil.

 

And finally, here is the toy it’s all based on. Hope you enjoyed this look at my process!

Thanos Snapped and Half My Ink Disappeared

Sakura Pigma Microns are some of the finest illustrating pens ever made. The ink flows perfectly and the metal tips are sturdy and precise. Some of the highest paid Illustrators in the world use Microns. I highly recommend them for any type of detailed work…wait for it…BUT, there is not a lot of ink in that formidably-sized barrel. The ink starts to run low just as you’ve acquainted yourself with them fully, once low, the brilliant metal tips drag and spit like any other pen. So, use these if you have the money to replace them on the regular, I would say once every week or two under moderate usage. I keep some of these with me, but I’m hesitant to use them at times, knowing their ink lifetime is limited.

Enter the Micronverse.

Titans Return Soundwave and Tapes

I drew this in pencil with a Pentel P207, then inked it with Faber-Castell Pitt Pens, then I scanned it and I colored it in Adobe Photoshop CC.

You Can Have My Brush Pens When You Pry Them From My Cold Grey IV Hands

I really can’t express just how much a simple set of grey Faber-Castell Pitt Pens can add to your work. It will add depth to your black and white drawings, and when pieces containing it are scanned, they can be color-shifted and maintain your hand drawn gradient. The packs contain “Cold Greys” and “Warm Greys,” which I usually alternate between judging by whether an object is inanimate or not. You can get them in “Brush” or “Soft Brush,” don’t get Soft Brush unless you have an exceptionally steady hand.

 

Take this sketch for example. It really only has one color (red), but the greys add enough depth to make it feel more “alive.”

Enter the grey area.

The Pentel Click Eraser is Not Unlike a Lethal Army Ranger

 

For most of my erasing I use a Paper Mate White Pearl eraser, but before I go full-in on erasing the graphite lead from beneath my pen marks, I use the Pentel Clic Eraser to go over all the most important areas.

The Clic Eraser is very delicate with the page, made out of a soft plastic, perfect for clearing all of the pencil marks on faces, hands, and any other intricately detailed part of your art.

While you’re at it, don’t forget to hold the edges of your paper when you erase, crumpling the page is a struggle that is real, and has caused many a casualty in my line of work. I can’t stress enough to only use white plastic erasers and never pink, the degradation of the medium itself is ten times worse with a pink eraser.

Join the Clic list.

The Pentel GraphGear 800 WILL Get Your Mom’s Number.

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 can withstand almost anything. I’ve used all of my GraphGear 800s until the names have rubbed off. You cannot go wrong with this pencil, I’ve spent so much time with the GraphGear 800 that we’re legally married in Kentucky.

Get the Gear.

The Pentel P207 is Like That Sniper from Saving Private Ryan, Except in This Scenario He’s Really Old and Shoots a Cow Every Tenth Shot.

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 drawing without skipping a beat. With that being said, it has one fatal flaw: The eraser. I’ve been using this pencil for years and would rank it probably my second favorite mechanical pencil of all time, but it has a design flaw that’s never been fixed in its long life time. The metal sheath that holds the eraser in is too thin, causing the eraser to sink back into the pencil every time you use it. Granted: You probably should be using a plastic or gum eraser anyway, but there are always points where you can save time by not switching from the pencil in your hand. As the eraser recesses, the metal sheath is exposed, if you’re not careful, it can actually gouge and tear your paper.

So, it works perfectly until every twentieth line when you have to erase something tiny. I would give Pentel more of a break if they had improved it once in all this time, but, as it stands, I have a new favorite, which I will reveal in a future post. You could do much worse than the P207 (I still keep one with me as a backup), just be careful, and practice safe-erasing.

Click here to be Sharp.

Kat Dennings

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.

Lost Light Rodimus

Rodimus Prime

Just starting to read IDW’s Lost Light. New Faber-castell brush pen greys I bought on sale at Utrecht.

I’d Know it Anywhere

we control the horizontal

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.”

Flying Dutchmen

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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.

Brainiac

Brainiac vs Superman

Brainiac vs Superman

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 Photoshop.

Transformers Armada Galvatron: How I Do It

First, it’s pencils on paper (Pentel P207):
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Then Faber-Castell Pitt Pens over that:

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Then, color in Photoshop…

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Transformers Combiner Wars Autobot Optimus Prime

 

 

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The Combiner Wars Optimus Prime is actually a really great mold. He’s a little short and stocky, but well articulated and powerful looking.