Being a pro at portraits and profiles is one thing, but what about when it comes to drawing those superhero heads from an angled view?
In the latest tutorial from http://www.howtodrawcomics.net/ you’ll get a whole new perspective on drawing the human male head. And unlike the Front and Side views, you’ll use all three axis to present your superheroes with true, three dimensional depth.
As a bonus, this time around I’ve taken the time to pay some extra love and attention to the techniques used for detailing and rendering.
If you’re curious about the creation of these gorgeous Gorgrilla’s, here’s a sped up review demonstration that’ll take you through the entire process from start to finish.
In realtime these critters took 03:12 hours.
The semester has only just begun and we’re already taking on the beastly topic of Creature Design. This first demo focused on teaching students how to conjure up interesting and unique ideas by describing various attributes about their creature inside a Word document. This allowed for the cultivation of a visual interpretation that would give them a place to start working from. The design itself was then prototyped down onto the canvas through a combination of silhouettes and sketching.
For the demo I came up with this ghastly abomination - The Gorgrilla. Amoung his many merits, this guy is able to vomit acidic slime from his mouth as a defense mechanism. This slime is toxic even from a distance due to the potent fumes it unleashes. The Gorgrilla also has a venomous bite it uses to paralyze it’s victims. Once infected, the bacteria in the venom floods throughout the hosts body, and later turns it into a zombified carrier of the Gorgillas offspring. The Gorgrilla is also extremely aggressive in nature making it an excellent weapon of war.”
Over the next few weeks we’ll be taking these creature drafts and developing them into finely polished creature concepts.
The beautiful siren sorceress, Avalante, is a character I’ve been demoing for my first year Visual Design Class.
“Dwelling in the realm of fantasy, horror, this seductive sorceress lustfully lures weary travelers into her lair. At first sight her alluring beauty seems to mask an insidious agenda, but her lonely soul, banished to a life of unending solitude, longs only for the loving company of another. Avalante does not take well to those who attempt to abandon her, condemning their treachery with a swift petrification. Their curled stone bodies a warning to all who would be foolish enough to enter her domain, or dare to leave it.”
A key focus in Visual Design has always been to help students harness the ability to draw and paint by breaking down the process step by step into a manageable set of techniques they can use to visually construct their ideas.
It’s easy to forget that the idea itself, the cultivation of creativity, is just as important.
As you can imagine, creativity is not as easy to articulate when compared to the technical abilities of drawing, so often times the most important element of conceptual design is skipped over. It was a real aim of mine this semester to teach our students a system that would allow them to create uniquely memorable and interestingly designed characters that they could envision within their mind then project down onto the canvas.
Insane Video… I wouldn’t dare speculate on how long was spent creating this.
Embodying my inner night owl, I spent the better half of last night wrapping up on this piece and I’m pleased to say it’s finally done (even if my coffee detoxing did take a hit in the process).
You’ve probably been wondering about the peculiar name of this piece. If you’ve never heard of Cleineclypto and can’t track down its dictionary meaning, that’s because it’s actually a new word I invented. Some may even call my word creating ability a talent in and of itself.
It actually relates back to the story revolving around this comic book illustration, which some of you have already asked about. I guess, come to think of it, I do kind of owe you an explanation to this intriguing warrior duo. So let me take a moment to put your curiosity to rest and give you a little back story.
Cleineclypto is an ambiguous term referring to an apocalyptic war between man and demon. When the minions of hell tore through an inter-dimensional rift into our world, they infested the Earth and turned it into their new dominion. All-out war ensued as man and beast met in battle. Most of humanity was killed off, enslaved or eaten by the demonic invaders.
Seline was among the survivors who’d lived through the invasion. She was alone now, holding the shards of a shattered life she’d once known. It wasn’t long before Seline was swallowed up inside an endless void harbouring only vengeance.
Eurgon, a demonic warrior aiding in the invasion of Earth had also survived the war, but only just. In fact if he was to endure the torture of his captors any longer, the beast would surely give out.
This band of rebels had captured the injured creature in the post apocalypse and sought to quell their anger through cruelty. Eurgon’s fate was bleak to say the least. You see, when a demon falls it is abandoned by its peers, outcast, due to a hierarchy where only the strongest survive.
Seeing the glow of fiery torches in the distance, Seline unknowingly wandered into the rebel hideout. Hope began to flood her. It had been so long since she’d seen another living soul. Maybe she wasn’t the only one who had survived after all.
Unfortunately for Seline, these rebels weren’t the friendly comrades she’d hoped to make. The structure of society had fallen apart and now this pack of wild rebels were fuelled by nothing more than primal needs and instinct. They were free to act accordingly without consequence.
If not for her blade bearing skills, and the agility of a trained assassin, Seline would have been captured by these fiends and could have well been worse off than Eurgon.
Amongst the severed limbs of her new found ‘comrades’, she sat by the warmth of the fire – staring at the bar bound beast before her. Eurgon’s voice spoke to Seline in a low, resonating undertone, deep within her mind.
She knew then, after he’d uttered his final words that Eurgon was her, and she was Eurgon. Two entities with nothing left. Revenge filled husks.
Seline mended his wounds and nursed Eurgon back to health. He had been a warrior, commanded by the overlords as a bringer of death. He had never known mercy nor given it. If not for Seline the giant beast would not have lived, and now Eurgon was in her dept.
Eurgon became the comrade Seline had hoped to find inside the rebel dwelling. With Seline as his leader and Eurgon as her protector the two set out on an aimless quest. As the skies grew ever darker and the remains of humanity dwindled ever more inside a world picked to the bone by battling beasts and men; two warriors sought to find a new purpose through vengeance.
Well that’s it folks, that’s the epic saga behind the comic book illustration you see before you. Probably the result of watching too much Berserk and my new found love for Game of Thrones.
The original concept for Cleineclypto came about when I was first designing http://www.howtodrawcomics.net/ . I knew that the site’s center piece needed to be something that would inspire my visitors. Luckily I had the perfect recipe in mind – A beastly monstrosity, sexy heroine warrior, and some glossy swords to boot!
But let’s talk about the other reason I really wanted to share this piece with you!
For the next week or so I’ll be putting together a special gift for you. It’s totally free and my way of saying thanks for being my subscriber.
And if you’re not already, all you got to do to get it is head on over to http://www.howtodrawcomics.net/ and tell me where to send it.
Now I was going to keep this as a surprise but since I’m posting Cleineclypto up today I might as well let the cat out of the bag.
What I’m sending to you is a step by step guide that breaks down the making of this entire comic book illustration.
The e-book documents and illustrates every aspect of my work flow, from the initial preliminary sketch, through to the pencils, inking and the coloring techniques I’ve used to create Cleineclypto. I’ll even show you the equipment I’ve used to craft it, and they may not be the traditional tools you’re thinking of.
This has been my major project for the last month or so, and as you can probably tell, I’m super excited to get this tutorial into your hands. I think you’re really going to dig it.
Keep a look out in your inbox over the next week or two because it’ll be on its way to you very soon!
OK – That’s it for now, time to get back to it. I’ll be sure to keep you posted. Talk to you soon!
I’ve been hermiting for the last few weeks, this is why.
Cleineclypto is now all inked up and ready for a dash of color.
Originally the characters were intended to hold up the comic book illustration alone, but I decided they needed to be more grounded into a world of their own.
So I made the delayed decision to throw in a gothic themed, fantasy background (and right when I’d thought it was done).
Backgrounds are often left as an afterthought due to deadlines, (or laziness, guilty as charged), but their contribution to mood, theme and storytelling is never to be underestimated. It’s always worth taking that little, extra bit of time to make your drawings the best that they can be.
Both the pencils and inks were done digitally, using a Wacom Tablet and a very steady, (now very sore) hand.
The aim now is to get this piece all coloured up and uploaded to http://www.howtodrawcomics.net/ along with a very special guide that will break down the entire process I’ve taken to construct this beastly creation from start to finish.
More updates to come.