Saturday, October 4, 2014

Old fairy tale books

Revisiting some fairytale stuff from my childhood when I remembered some of the amazing illustrations that featured in the Ladybird book series 'Well Loved Tales'.  I soooo loved them as a kid.  So I did a quick doodle as a card for a christening and even though I coloured it in I think I prefer the b&w version.  The windows in the back got some stained glass doodle but I didn't scan it in.
Anyway, a bit of fun and a nice way to spend an evening! :)

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Quick stuff from sketchbook

Some doodles from my sketchbook while commuting on the bus.  It's better than falling asleep all the time...but some mornings that just can't be helped!  A mix of pencil, marker and brush pen.  The brush pen is by far the easiest and nicest thing to draw with on a bus...soft lead pencils work well too...but anything else is a disaster.  The motorway is the best road for most of the doodle time journey, but once you hit town the roads are horrific and drawing can be frustrating.  

Monday, May 5, 2014

Lady Doodles

So here is some brush pen doodles done recently.  Some were done while reading 'Summer Blonde' by Adrian Tomine, so character sketches feature in it.  The other bits are experiments done in just strong brush strokes then illustrator or photoshop for some light colour and text.  Nothing too fancy mind.
Hilbo doodles of characters and as mentioned, influenced by a great graphic novel.
random doodle by Hilbo

Light colour and dodgy text addition for play purposes
Hilbo sketch of lady smoking 

Light colour and shade of pencil doodle by Hilbo
I think I prefer to use the brush pen to be honest.  Even though bringing a pencil sketch into manga studio (none feature here in this instance) and tracing over it can give you that satisfying clean black brush stroke, sometimes I find the digi pen just crap.  It just feels better to have the ink from the brush touch the page and feel like you have a bit more control over it...even if it doesn't have a cntrl + z undo option! (that is always gonna come in handy).

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Thor doodles

Getting back into doodling and nothing amazing happening mind, but just enjoying the process of pencil and paper and then playing on some software.
I like this pencil sketch using a photo reference of Thor from a still from the film.  I just wanted to capture a likeness, but not have a full image with background etc. 
Sneaky looking Thor by Hilbo

Then I played about in Manga for a bit as I haven't used it despite having it on the pc.  To be honest I prefer to lightbox and ink with a nice brush pen but today I tried out the MS instead.
Thor lookin a bit tired now - by Hilbo
Then I tried out some flat colours on him and then tried to texture the cloak (looking a bit 'lord of the rings' now though in the green) and I noticed that some of the original pencil details for his face had been lost in the translation in MS. 
Thor - grey is the new black - 2014

Thor - soft green shawl 2014 - he isn't impressed. 

Anyway, a second and third viewing of Thor might be in order...further research for eh...ahem ..future drawings and whatnot.