Every now and then I like to go back to an old artwork that i think could use a little more love and give it a facelift. It’s sort of a cheat, in that I get to work on something and keep from getting rusty while at the same time not having to go through the exhausting process of coming up with a new concept. The original artwork for the hugbots was made more than a year ago for a gameartisans mini-competition. I really liked the concept and thought that if I blew it up it’d make for a nice print. While it was fun going back and updating it I did reach a certain point where I felt I would be better off just creating something brand new, so this is about where I stopped.
This was actually done two weeks ago, when Aissa and I sought shelter from the heat in the Venice Piazza at Mckinley Hill. We had a schedule brownout from 8:00am to 2:pm, so we had lunch at Pho Hoa and coffee at the Dunkin Donuts cafe. I picked the cafe specifically because it gave me a good view of the statues on the facade of the main entrace to McKinley Hill, which looked pretty from afar. Upon close inspection the statues were unimpressive, though that didn’t stop me from sketching them.
I’ve always loved maps. I loved looking at them and wondering what the meaning and history behind the names of places was. I imagined the kind of people that lived there, wondered what they ate and wore. More than just a guide, maps provided me with an entire world to explore. So when Creighton Broadhurst of Raging Swan approached me about creating a map for the Bleak Moor, I jumped at the opportunity. You can find that map in the fantastic Minotaurs of the Black Hills PDF here. I’ll certainly look into making more maps in the future, even if they’re only for personal amusement.
Went on a sketchwalk with the Urban Sketchers Philippine group last Saturday, which was a lot of fun. I haven’t been to the San Sebastian Basilica in decades, so it was nice to explore that area. The gothic extravagance of the cathedral was pretty daunting when I tried to sketch it from up close, so I moved outside of the cathedral to the 7-11 across the street to get this particular view. The sketch on the left is of one of the 11 boy scouts that died in a tragic plane crash while on their way to a Boy Scout Jamboree in 1963. Sadly, it wasn’t the boy scout that drew my attention, but the giant hand behind him.
In a rare burst of creative energy I went ahead and colored yesterday’s Isaac Clarke drawing to give it the love it deserves. Used a bunch of textures/filters and good old paintovers to pretty it up, but I think it was well worth the extra hour put into it.
I’ve been wanting to use my pen brush for some drawings, and since I’ve been playing Dead Space (the original one, cause I’m cheap like that) and I really love the design of Isaac Clarke’s R.I.G. I thought I’d draw that. Aside from the anatomical issues and the pose looking a little stiff I quite liked this drawing. I love the flow of drawing with a brush pen, and the subtlechanges in line width. It just makes the work feel so much more natural. Below you can see some of the first few sketches I made, to familiarize myself with drawing the unique helmet and R.I.G.
Aissa was shopping for some home decoration stuff in SM Makati last Sunday so I went to National bookstore to pick up a paintbrush for this Saturday’s sketch session of the San Sebastian Cathedral. I had to kill some time after that so I wandered over to the small circular park in the middle of the Glorietta shopping complex. At first I sketched the Glorietta 5 shopping complex. I wasn’t super pleased with that so I’m posting this sketch of a man under a tree (in the same park) instead, which I thought turned out rather nicely.
Since Thor is all the rage and I haven’t uploaded any illustrations lately, I thought I’d show off one of the Horns of Valhalla. This illustration was made for the awesome people over at Raging Swan Press, from where you can also purchase a PDF file to help you in your pen and paper RPG adventures. I quite enjoyed this assignment, especially adding in the little details like Jormungand and Fenrir. I was also excited because on our trip to Penang I became enamored with a cannon that had handles that were in the shape of stylized fish, and this was the inspiration behind using Jormungand’s open mouth as a..actually I’m not sure what you call it, ”the hole that th string goes through so you can hang your horn on your belt” thingie.
Been working on this on and off since last week, trying to beat the May 15 deadline for this Art Order challenge. I’m highly doubtful I’ll be able to finish on time, but if I can least get the lineart and some inking done I’ll be happy.
Travelling to the Great Wall was certainly one of the “must dos” of our trip to Beijing. There’s a lot of debate on which part of the great wall you should visit in terms of “authenticity” but since we were travelling with a group that included my 16 year old sister in law and my 59 year old mother in law, I chose ease of access as the primary criterion. Badaling is said to be the most tourist trappy of all the sections of the great wall, but it was the most well restored and easily accessible by train, so it won out handily. The sketch above was after a 500m hike from the Badaling train station to the small commercial area outside the great wall. The girls had taken a bathroom break so I had 5-10 minutes to sketch by the side of the road. I was actually a little disappointed because I’d heard that there would be merchants here with camels that you could have a photo op with, and sunbears that you could feed carrots to, and I’d wanted to sketch them. I won’t venture an opinion on the tackiness of such obvious tourist related commercial enterprises, but certainly it’s not something I get a chance to see/draw everyday.
This was sketched at the highest section of the Badaling Wall, at least of the area that we visited. There is a path leading left and a path leading right when one enters the great wall, and supposedly the path to the left is steeper but has better views. I coaxed my family to take the leftmost path mostly because all of the tour groups were going right, which meant a huge mass of people on the wall. Since this was the highest section of “our” wall, I decided to take a break to commemorate the climb (and get a little rest as well), spending about 30 minutes on this particular sketch. There were a number of people looking of my shoulder while I was sketching, but since they didn’t really ask questions I was able to sketch without any interruptions.
I’d love to visit Beijing again someday, ideally when the Chinese government is less paranoid about handing out visas. There are still many places to see in the city proper, and definitely quite a few places where I wish I had more time to sketch.