Totally the droids you're looking for...
Just a quick weekend morning sketch warm up. I got a pencil from Artsnacks that I'd been meaning to try out and I like mixing ink and pencil lines because it's always so rough looking. The pencil is a Palomino Blackwing 602. It's supposed to produce a darker black than your average pencil and I admit it's very nice but probably not for this style - if I were drawing just in pencil a quick free sketch then the pencil would be awesome. I'll probably get some more just to pencil sketch with.
I'm also a huge fan of the R2-D2 design, it's got to be one of the best and most iconic designs for a robot ever. I've got a couple of R2D2s around the house with my latest the "black series" small version R2-D2 which is highly detailed and a little bit awesome (I'm getting the Storm Troopers as well of course - I just picked up the Biker Scout one the other day!!).
I find it harder to judge my own work these days, I do what I like and I enjoy the process but the end results are becoming less and less important and I just assume everything is shit.
A Star Trek The Next Generation moment
I remembered how much I enjoy drawing those "moments" from Twin Peaks and from the Star Treks and I've been rewatching TNG on blu-ray so a couple of scenes lend themselves well to this.
One such scene is from "The Game" which sees Wesley Crusher return to the Enterprise for an episode and at his welcome back party Worf proudly announces he made pound cake.
A Twin Peaks moment
I must say I'm impressed by how many people just love the fish in the coffee percolator scene from Twin Peaks! I promised a Twin Peaks original piece over on Tumblr and this was the scene requested. I've since had a couple of people inquiring over it (the original is now on it's way to Sweden) so I've popped it up over on my society6 shop.
I'll probably put the other Twin Peaks pieces up there at some stage as well as they've proven reasonably popular and one of these days I'll actually finish the collection!
(there's free shipping on for the next couple of hours too)
I really didn't have the time to the 30 characters in 30 days challenge but I committed myself to it nonetheless and boy was it worth it.
You create 30 different brand new characters every day for the month of November, it challenges your creativity as well as having a daily drawing exercise. You're also doing it alongside some very talented people who also challenge you either with their sheer jealously inducing skill or for some the fact that they're just giving it a go and creating. It's all inspiring and I feel so much better for it.
In fact through this process I've built little stories in my head that I want to pursue further and expand on so that's a massive bonus especially as one of my goals for the new year will be self publishing some one shot comics.
Here's the full collection here but you can go read all the bios on the 3o Characters website and whilst you're there check out all the other artists!!!
Let me know if you have a favourite - I'd love to hear it!
Stuck in the middle with you...
There were plans to watch the 1986 animated Transformers the Movie for the Midnight Movie Club next week but due to circumstances beyond our control we've had to push forward to Reservoir Dogs and I could think of no better way to announce that but to do a mash-up!
I bet I can guess your birthday.
I should really rescan this in - it was done during the bad time when Epson failed miserably at updating their software with the Mavericks update.
I think you can tell who everyone is supposed to be which is nice.
As you all may be aware of I've always had a fascination with comic book characters and coffee and love having the two together. So here's a favourite webslinger (Peter not Otto) enjoying a quick break up high.
I've actually been reading the Superior Spider-man series and surprisingly really enjoying Doc Ock's reign as Spidey! It's probably going for the same effect as Batman's Knightfall series but it's a strong storyline and fun watching a super villain struggle to be good and seeing it from his enemy's point of view. Excellent, I highly recommend.
I you really dig this piece I have the original for sale here on the site or you can get the design as a print or deliciously on a coffee cup amongst other things!!!
Yes I've been neglecting this blog but it's been for a good cause!
Well I've just been busy.
I've got a bunch of projects on at the moment plus I'm taking part in the 30 Character Challenge which has been so much fun so far and inspired a much longer list of projects to follow up.
But above is a hint at something else I'm working on - at the very least you'll know the theme
Also I'm kind of personal blogging at ljsargent.com using Dropplets as the blog engine. It's more an experiment than anything right now.
Loki on a Unicorn
I figure what better way to start a Friday than with Loki on a unicorn.
Everyone loves Loki.
I polished up a piece I wrote on Total Recall years ago and popped it on Medium if you want to go and have a read (or reread) maybe recommend it?