Wednesday, August 12, 2015

The Good Thing About Science is...

The next scientist portrait is finished: Neil deGrasse Tyson! A whole lotta Star Talk radio and Cosmos was listened to and watched for the making of this illustration.

As always, I start with research, sketching, and thumbnailing.

Can you tell I was excited to draw him?

Sketching ideas and compiling quotes

Hey, guuurrrll...

After deciding on the composition and getting a sense of drawing Neil, it was onto the finished drawing which I would ink from. I broke up the different elements of the illustration separately--Neil, icons for the border, planetary orbits--since I knew I was going into Photoshop for everything after inking.

Finished drawing. I don't want it to be super refined since I'll be transferring and inking it, but I want the right shapes and features defined.

Sweet, sweet ink...

Then all the inking and all the coffee.

I scanned everything, cleaned up my line art, and got to work in Photoshop.
Then the final finished product:

Neil deGrasse Tyson is a sassy guy.

This will be available as a print at APE in October along with the Carl Sagan illustration. I'm going to take a break from this series while I finish up my comic before the convention. Hopefully I'll have time to make some more before APE. I also plan on doing author portraits, but I want to do at least one female scientist before moving onto the authors.

Until next time!

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Game of Thrones Pause and Draw: Season 5 Episodes 6 & 7



Can you tell I'm not the biggest fan of this past season? Only three more episodes to get through.

(If you're new to the blog, the whole "pause and draw" idea I got from an illustrator friend. I watch the show, pause where I think is a good scene, draw for 10 minutes, and move on. It's really good practice for me to sketch quickly and is interesting to break down the shot composition of the show/film as you draw it.)