June 24, 2011

Colored Pencil Technique Practice

This was an example of a technique I wanted to try for coloring an image without staring at a computer for 3 hours at a time...

And it didn't quite work out. I thought I'd go ahead and post it anyway since everything that's awesome starts somewhere, and my starting point seems to be a little further along than some. 

The character shown here is one i made up, simply for the sake of having a character, called Chartreuse. The gun she's holding looks kind of awful...but That's the price I pay for trying to design it on the spur of the moment with no real experience with the drawing of technical weapons.

Espio the Chameleon

Yesterday was sonic the Hedgehog's 20th anniversary, so it seemed like a good time to do some fanart.In all reality, I started this project just to get a little digital art practice in, since it's been a while since I've made use of the Fireworks program on my computer, and my timing turned out to be pretty impeccable.

The character drawn here is Espio, which comes from the word "Espionage", which has to do with spies and sneaking around. It makes sense considering that he's supposed to be a ninja, which is also why he's one of my favorite characters from the STH franchise. 

This illustration was originally published on Deviantart, so if you have a Deviantart page I suppose you could find it and favorite it if you'd like. For now on my fanart and fanart only will be published to Deviantart as well as to here, so I can get some use out of that old account. Also, If you're a fan of my work, search for "KDVan" on facebook and like my page so you can get instant updates on new projects.

June 21, 2011

The Champ is here!

 WWE is a family thing at my house. We all watch RAW on Monday nights in the living room while eating dinner, and we almost always have a "party" for the Sunday wrestling pay-per-views. Wrestlemania is our Superbowl. In fact, as of May my parents took me and my sister to see RAW live at the Portland Rose Garden. It could only be a matter of time until I brought this influence into my art, all I needed was a reason and an opportunity.
 Father's Day.

John Cena is my dad's favorite WWE superstar, point blank. He has tons of John Cena merchandise, including T-shirts, a signed photograph, a specialized John Cena Christmas stocking, action figures, and even a life size cardboard cut-out of John Cena himself. So, inspired by my dad's intensive dedication, I decided that I would draw a portrait of the People's Champ for my dad's father's day gift, so he could add another piece to his vast collection.

Quite honestly, it turned out rather well. The image I used to draw him was an older one, so he wasn't wearing his usual orange, or as it is now, red garb. Just black. No fruity pebbles in sight.

This image was drawn with graphite on Strathmore premium recycled paper. I honestly question anything that lists "premium" as one of it's qualities.

Happy Father's Day dad! You are seriously the best! I love you so much!



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