Lady Gestures and Illustrations

Sketchbook page featuring two colored pencil based gesture drawings of a nude woman. Long pose illustrations of a nude woman drawing in red and gray pencils.

Some gesture sketches and some longer drawings of the same woman.

The bottom page is way more realistic than I usually get.  It’s a bit weird to look at for me.

Reverse Angle Drawing, A Clothes Study

Sketchbook page featuring drawings of an art teacher in three sitting poses. Sketchbook page featuring drawings of art students and a woman in a chair.

Some times you get bored with the model and draw random people at a life drawing session instead.  It’s probably the best way to practice normal clothing.

Gilded Woman and Talking Praying Mantis

comic book panel from Valentina by Guido Crepax featuring fancy woman and talking praying mantis

Looked up the tag “European Comics” on tumblr and (not surprisingly) a lot of naked women showed up…but isn’t that why we love them?  The “Valentina” by Guido Crepax series barely counts as “comics” in my view, it’s certainly not narrative, but boy is the line work pretty.

Pretty, Knobby Women

Sketchbook page showing three color pencil illustrations of a nude woman sitting, standing, and lying down.

Something of mine again.  I went crazy with her muscle tone, didn’t I?  Do really like her feet though.

Whamming Posterity

Comic panel showing one boxer whamming another from Katsu by Mitsuru Adachi

One more manga panel for posterity.  Sometimes relatively simple is the most satisfying à la Katsu! by Mitsuru Adachi.

Two Ladies On Two Page Spread

Life drawing of the same woman in two poses.  Pencil and colored pencil on cream paper.Thought I’d post something of my own today: a two page spread of my sketch book featuring two long poses of a lady sitting.  

Media: Pencil with an orange color pencil underdrawing in one case.

Manga Motion Line Study Two

Two days in to my theme week of and I’m already cheating!  So not quite “action lines” but they do give the reader a great sense of movement.  Both panels are from the awesome and trippy “Ultra Heaven” by Koike Keiichi.

Manga Motion Line Study One

Image by Takehiko Inoue featuring Samurai violently swinging wood sword at man's head

Doing a study of manga motion lines.  Vagabond by Takehiko Inoue has some great heavy duty action shots (above), but it’s the subtle effects that really stand out (below).

Image by Takehiko Inoue featuring a paper ball moving on a wood surface.

Surreal Hans Rickheit Scene

Hans Rickheit is one of my favorite graphic novel makers.  His panel flow is akin to film language, lyrical and well paced.  His narratives are mysterious and beautiful in their own extremely dark and f–ked up way.

Image by Hans Rickheit featuring a surreal scene with animals and pipes in a gothic colonial roomAnd the ink work is fantastic.