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Another New Thanos Coloring Page!

Is it just me or is Thanos an awesome character? I was asked to make a Thanos coloring page but I just didn’t quite like it. Since then I’ve done a few more sketches. I’m drawing a few versions to see which ones are the most dynamic and capture the essence of the character (well as best you can in chibi style). Here is another Thanos coloring page!

Thanos3 Coloring page

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Working on a New Rey

Star Wars is by far the better franchise between Star Wars and Star Trek BUT they did make episodes 1, 2, and 3 which are not the greatest and should be burned! Luckily, Disney made The Force Awakens¬†which was considerably better than the first three combined. I’m old school so I like episodes 4, 5, and 6 which were the originals. The technology in those early movies is so outdated! I still love A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back (the BEST in the series) and Return of the Jedi even with all that outdated tech. This year we get the last of the movies that hand over the mantle to the new actors of the franchise and say goodbye to Princess Leia officially.

For the Tucson Comic con I’m working on a new print of Rey. Here is what I have so far. I like the pose and the facial features. I’m moving away from drawing the pure comic character and trying to make the image resemble the actress. I think I may ink this one and make it a coloring page as well as a new print.

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New Thanos Coloring Page!

I got a request from a friend in Indiana asking me to draw Thanos. I did the sketch and made a new coloring page from it. I liked that Thanos but I used the costume from the comic instead of the movie.

I decided to revisit my previous sketch and redo it. I was looking for a more dramatic pose and a more menacing face. I also chose the costume in the movie and threw out the old comic book costume. Here is the new Thanos!! I like this version better but I’ll keep both because everyone has different taste. You can find both in the coloring page section of my site. ENJOY!

Thanos2 Coloring page
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Before You Commit to an Idea, Sketch it First!

It’s actually a good idea and a good habit to create a few sketches before you commit to a drawing and actually draw it. Why? There is nothing more aggravating than spending time on the details or the shading ¬†or the textures or whatever, only to find you don’t really like the overall “look” once you are done. Maybe you don’t like the pose? The costume? The facial expression? Who knows? My point is, you may spend a lot of time on something you may not actually like! So what can you do to fix it? SKETCH IT FIRST!

I’m an art teacher. I’ve been an art teacher for 20 years and one thing I see time and time again is impatient artists. They draw things they know they are unhappy with but continue doing it anyway. It’s crazy. Then, once they’ve finished, they throw it away because they didn’t like it! Why not fix mistakes or make alterations in a few sketches before you actually commit to inking or coloring with markers? The time you save with the sketches is better than having to re-do your art entirely because you’ve thrown it in the trash.

Two useful tools I use for sketching are a blue and red lead. I generally sketch my image using basic shapes and fleshing out the figure with a non-photo blue pencil. If I see anything that needs correction, I use the red pencil and go over it. I don’t erase! The reason I don’t erase is so I can see where the incorrect line is and correct it. If I erase it, I may draw that same line again and again.

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If you look at the new Star Wars art of Rey that I’m working on you can see the initial sketching of the figure in blue. Then I decided I needed to change the positioning of the cinture, the jawline, and the right foot (her right). Afterwards, I went over it again with an F lead pencil. This is a good pose and I like it after all of the alterations. I’m going to re-sketch it again with the changes. I may draw a few sketches with different expressions too. I’m not sure I like the current expression. All of these changes I’m going to make BEFORE I actually ink it and make another coloring page.

Here is another potential Thanos artwork and soon-to-be coloring page. I made the basic shape of the pose and anatomy using the blue lead and added the details of his costume in red. It’s easier for me to see how the costume works with the pose of the figure because the two different colors highlight different aspects of the drawing. This is also helpful for determining how I want my final “look” to be realized.

For this artwork, I’m going to draw a few more sketches with different expressions.

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So what is the moral of today’s lesson?

It is infinitely easier to change a sketch than to redo a completed artwork. A sketch is just a few lines whereas an artwork is colored, inked, and takes a lot more time. Since you’re spending time on the artwork anyway, why not do a few preliminary sketches and work out your overall concept? The time you take during the sketches will save you the time it would take to create re-do.

Go forth and SKETCH!

 

 

 

 


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Art Supply Review: Ohuhu Markers?

20190723_113713A friend of mine recommended buying from WISH so I looked up markers. I’ve been looking for markers that will do the job but aren’t as expensive as Copic markers. I generally use Chartpak AD markers when I draw commissions or original art at comic cons. AD markers are wonderful for laying basic color over a large area and they blend well. The only problem is that they bleed terribly so it isn’t a good thing to use them for smaller or more detailed areas. What does an artist on a budget do? Buy from WISH!

I looked up markers and read a few reviews about Ohuhu markers before I bought them. Then I looked online and found that WISH had a great deal- 60 markers for $24. I ordered them and they arrived in record time.

Okay, let’s break down the pros and cons. First, the markers are an oblong shape and easy to grip which is a plus. Second, the colors are brilliant with a lot of intensity. The ink flows out of the pen evenly and is very easy to use. I love the selection of the colors as well. I made a chart of the colors that came with my set:

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The selection of blues, reds, violets, and greens that come with the set is pretty good. I also liked the variety of grays; from warm to cool to blueish grays. It adds options when rendering any neutral colored subject. My only complaint would be to get rid of the fluorescent colors because they looked too much like regular highlighters. I would also add a canary or lemon yellow and not just the two gold colored yellows that came with the set. The good thing about these markers is that you can order any color you want. If the marker is dried out, you can ask for a new one – FREE! The dual tip is also a wonderful feature. The broad tipped edge is perfect for large areas while the smaller, brush tip is ideal for the smaller, detailed areas. There isn’t any bleeding. I used these markers on an original sketch and I didn’t see any bleeding in the smaller areas. I was able to keep areas of my artwork white that I wanted to leave white without worrying about bleeding! The price was definitely right and I’m very happy with how these markers handle and perform.

These markers don’t bleed together like the Chartpak AD markers do and you won’t lose the streakiness of the overall look. If you are coloring a large area on your paper, there will be streaks. Overall, however, I was very happy with my Ohuhu markers. If you don’t have a lot of money and can’t get Copic markers then Ohuhu is a good option.

Below is an example of Ohuhu markers used to color Thanos. I think these markers are a good value. Vanquish Studio officially recommends using Ohuhu markers.

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Ideas for New Coloring Pages: Star Wars

Lately, I’ve been working on a series of videos for my YouTube channel but I also need to keep drawing! I noticed my Star Wars coloring page link on the site was a little low in characters. I only have a few of the biggies and I don’t, repeat, don’t have the three biggies Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, and Princess Leia (may our wonderful princess Carrie Fisher rest in peace). So I made up a project for myself to fill that page a little more. Now I just need ideas!

I’m thinking about the most popular characters from episodes 4, 5, 6, and 7 The Force Awakens. Those seem to be the best movies so far, although my nephew recommends the animated series Attack of the Clones. I also understand there are characters in books and video games that people like too like Grand Admiral Thrawn.

I have my work cut out for me! Stay tuned for more releases.


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Artist Alley: New Coloring Page Release

This year at Phoenix Fan Fusion (comic con) I ran out of originals! Not a bad problem to have. I actually sold quite a few originals last year at the Tucson Con so I needed to fill my portfolio with new art. One of the things I chose to draw was an anime that a lot of people seem to like. I drew Luffy from One Piece. I personally have never seen an episode! I know. But many people like the character. I tried to draw him in my style.

Below you can see the finished ink/marker version that I put in my portfolio. I didn’t sell this one at the con but I did sell, after five long years, my Martian Manhunter original!! I’m glad it went to a good home.

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I’m releasing the black and white inking of One Piece as a coloring page, at least until I make a better one. I may do a whole “One Piece” series, who knows?

Scroll down and click on the link to download Monkey D. Luffy!

Luffy Coloring page

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