Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Promises Kept

So, last month I posted my first Sharply Dressed Heroine. I promised to make it a monthly feature. So, here, before the end of June, I keep that promise. I hope you enjoy it.

This is a quick scan. The original drawing was done in pencil, then gone over in pen and marker for a nice, crisp look. Perhaps I'll take it into Illustrator later or make a background in Photoshop. I may even colorize it if the fancy strikes me (or if anyone is interested).

I've got a couple of more fully-rendered pencil drawings I'm trying to finish up this week that'll hopefully make for a couple of nice posts later this week or weekend, too. One of them I started a long time ago, and the other more recently, but I've been itching to finish them.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Surprise! You're a Lackey

The above is a design for a t-shirt. A moderately expensive design, considering it uses 3 colors, and limits the underlying shirt color to a medium tone. Still, I've chosen to imagine what it will look like on a shirt (no drop shadow, to start).

Want one?

Monday, June 14, 2010

Far too complex...

...for a real logo.

I was in the midst of designing a t-shirt based on a conversation that followed a lively session of a superhero-based table-top roleplaying game, and I discovered I needed a logo for the organization the t-shirt would mention. This isn't something I'd use for a real organization - real logos should be a little simpler and more easily understood, but this does the trick for the shirt.

10 Points to anyone who understands the slogan on the image.

Monday, June 7, 2010

Feeling Like Sergeant Opet...

...or How 5 Minutes with a Marker can Improve Everyone's Morale

We had a bit of a long Battle Assembly (Reserve Drill) weekend this month. A pair of early mornings, coupled with some long drives left a lot of people with some frustration and frayed nerves. To top it off, the drive to the range on Saturday started with SSG Wright being scared half to death.

She's terrified of wasps and bees. The Humvee we were about to drive down just happened to have a nest of those particular insects directly above her seat. Luckily, some good observational skills and quick reaction from a few of the other passengers solved the problem without anyone getting hurt, but it still caused some momentary panic and confusion.

That evening, when we finally had a few free moments, I pulled out a pencil, a marker, and my sketch pad. 5 minutes later I had the little cartoon you see above - just in black and white (I used Photoshop to add the colors). After getting SSG Wright's approval (I wouldn't want to offend her), I showed it around the unit, to good reception. I may just do more of these for drill weekends where events occur that warrant it.

Friday, June 4, 2010


This week, I took an old drawing I did several years ago (2005, to be precise), and used Photoshop on it. You judge the results.

Here is the final result, and below follows the original scan (reduced to jpeg and a reasonable size for web uploading, of course).

I like the original drawing, but the color gives it some of the life it was missing. I'm not entirely thrilled about the colors on the rocks (especially as you drift toward the signature), but I think that overall it is satisfactory.

Also, I shall now point out that Shadowrun is a fantastic game. Not the video game, though. We shall not speak of that.