HOW PHOTOGRAPHY MADE MY DRAWING BETTER

(AKA, How To Not Be A Dummy Anymore)

 

If I had the knowledge of today in yesterday’s body, oh boy. Maybe I would’ve gotten that opportunity to work with Jim Lee, Ryoichi Ikegami, Masamune Shirow, Joe Madureira and other greats I’ve admired growing up. The irony is that I’m still learning, but man, what some experience transferred would’ve done for me back then.

Pencil n paper, scanned in at 2400dpi. Back to the basics.

Pencil n paper, scanned in at 2400dpi. Back to the basics.

Getting on the subject, I’ve been pushing my drawing as an active hobby as of late. While being good at several talents is great and all, it can lead to some ugly situations of having a loss of direction. So with Cinematography as my profession, it’s taken some of the lead weight off of being an illustrator and I’ve relearned to have FUN with it again. Although I still DO wanna’ get back into character design and 2D game design, but that’s for another day.

Starting the B&W shading process. Half done on paper, half done digitally. Get the tones setup first, then refined details later.

Starting the B&W shading process. Half done on paper, half done digitally. Get the tones setup first, then refined details later.

I seem to be a lot more…free with the way that I draw now. My work as a Cinematographer has fused in me the ability to understand lighting on a much deeper level than I ever did as a kid. So now I get to enjoy my pencil work more, even if I never appreciated the idea of becoming an inker.

Special thanks to my conglomerate of brothers and monster-talented illustrators in Kazuo Matsushima (the most insane artist I’ve ever known and a very close friend), Manny Colon (God-tier inker and my older brotha’ from anotha’ mutha’), Derwin Roberson (for being a strong guide during my jackass years and now a guide to many other talented kids today), Savy Lim (an excellent illustrator and close childhood friend, who’s hopping back on the horse as well) and even passersby, like LeSean Thomas (of The Boondocks fame), Robert DeJesus and many, many others.

The final piece. Fully shaded, highlights and panels set in (downsampled to 2k resolution).

The final piece. Fully shaded, highlights and panels set in (downsampled to 2k resolution).

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