Monday, October 31, 2011

Storm W.I.P. - Step 3 - Panic!

I can't believe I'm going to say this but I'm still not done with this painting!


In this step, I inked the ENTIRE illustration--or rather--laid down the initial inkwork.

It may appear finished to you but I assure you it's not.

For one thing, it's all looking rather flat still. Some stronger shadows should do the trick.

Ah, and her hair. Ororo's lovely locks have been ruined ever-so-slightly in my attempt to add "interest". By varying the lines in her hair, there's too many thick and thin areas now and it looks off IMHO.

So the next and last step (*fingers crossed*) will be to bring on the dramatic darks, smooth out the hair, and add any finishing details.

Got. To. Get. This. Done!

Saturday, July 30, 2011

I used to work for one of the X-Men!

It's a harmless white lie and no one's the wiser!

Whenever I have to "beef up" a job application, needing to add names for a fictitious supervisor or additional references, I always put down the alter egos of comic book characters.

I'm not foolish enough to put down a well-known name though.

Could you imagine a potential employer asking, "You worked for Peter Parker?"


I use the more obscure characters, ones only comic book enthusiasts would know.

Some of my go-to "references" and "former bosses" include:

And while technically these are fictional characters, I know their history--what they went through, so in a sense they are real to me.

So when you look at it that way, is it so bad putting down their names?

I'll admit I secretly smile knowing my love of comics has been sneaked into the application process. But God help me if I ever get interviewed by a total comic book nerd!

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Wonder Woman, Batgirl, and sex changes.

I must've been five or six at the time.

Playing around inside the house, I grabbed onto the doorframe and did a high-kick into the air.

"See," I said to my oldest brother, "I'm like Batgirl!" (Yvonne Craig used to do ballet-type kicks when fighting bad guys on the Batman TV show).

(How FABULOUS is this costume!)

To which my brother meanly replied, "What, do you want to get a sex change?"

It was at that moment of being shamed that I learned it was "uncool" and unacceptable for boys to want to emulate girls. A lesson that would be repeatedly taught by other males while growing up.

While I never had the desire to play with dolls as a kid (it was typically Legos and action figures for me), I always found myself being drawn to female characters on TV. I watched G.I. Joe, Transformers, and He-Man but She-Ra too.

In high school it was all about Sailor Moon and reruns of Wonder Woman (which I'd originally seen as a child).

Lynda Carter as Wonder Woman!

Then Jean Grey of the X-Men soon followed and in college Xena and La Femme Nikita after that.

These were strong, capable women that made the world a better place and I wanted to be like them!

It almost became an obsession of sorts. Maybe it was because growing up closeted and gay that I identified more with women than men. After all, I was attracted to guys and wanted them to want me, just like a heterosexual woman would.

Even now as an adult I still carry some of that childhood shame. Careful not to mention too much She-Ra and Sailor Moon stuff around certain people for fear of being called "gay".

And yet, there are times when my Wonder Woman notebook used for work isn't hidden under my arm but proudly held in my hand for everyone to see.

One of these days I'm going to say, "See, I'm like Batgirl!" and be as proud as can be.

Monday, May 16, 2011

Storm W.I.P - Step 2 - Underpainting

By the goddess! You finally gave me color, Dean!

I set a new record for myself!

This is the longest amount of time I've put away a piece of art. Storm has been waiting ever so patiently to be finished! [Hopefully she lost track of time and is none the wiser. Shhhh.....]

It feels good to come back to this.

This second step was done over the weekend. I actually cried a little bit because this is the first real watercolor painting I've done in MONTHS.

Painting black skin is very new to me but I loved laying down the chocolate tones. Goes so nicely with the vivid blue background in my opinion.

Right now it all might look a tad unusual to you but will make sense once I add the black ink in the next and final step.

After over a year it's so very close to completion!

Monday, May 9, 2011

One year later.....

I wish I had a really great excuse like being in a coma for 12 months or that I'd been traveling across the globe or was abducted by aliens and living on the moons of Jupiter since last May.

But no, nothing quite like that.

It's been exactly a year ago today since I last updated this blog.


Not that one year later, silly!

A part of me debated whether to delete this blog altogether but I guess the other part that still dreams the dream wouldn't allow it.

For you see, deep down inside it still calls to me. The dream of being a comic book creator, playing around with ideas, daydreaming about superpowers. All of it.

But as evidenced by my main blog, sometimes life gets in the way.

I thought I'd put off posting here for a couple weeks. A couple weeks turned into several. Several weeks turned into a few months, which became half a year....up until today.

So I apologize to you dear readers for my absence here. I think I shall pick up where I left off and try again.