Thursday, January 01, 2015

Happy New Year 2015!

Hey everyone,

As tradition on What A Kerfuffle, I'd like to wish you all a most awesome 2015! This year will be Kerfuffle's 10th anniversary, which is pretty exciting! 2014 was a busy and slightly strange year for me, but overall pretty good. I was so busy librarianing that I didn't get too much drawing done, but I'm proud of what I did manage to create. Here are my drawing goals for 2015:

1) Continue to experiment -- 'Tis the only way to learn!
2) Draw some more montages and posters (in other words, do more graphic design)
3) Get better at drawing eyes (I'm better than I was a few years ago, but I'm probably the only person on the planet who prefers drawing teeth more than eyes, ha)

Here's a recap of everything I drew in 2014. My major discovery this year was that drawing hockey players is fun, ha!


Friday, December 12, 2014

Sidney Crosby - Pittsburgh Penguins - Drawing/Trading Card

Well, that John Tavares hockey trading card was so much fun to do, that I decided to make another. This time it's my other favourite Captain, Sidney Crosby, from the Pittsburgh Penguins. Crosby is a national treasure *cough* GOLDEN GOAL *cough.*

So, how did I challenge myself with this one? I drew my first ever helmet and visor. It was a tough, especially the reflections, but I think it turned out pretty well. This is also my first drawing made with my new iMac.

Photo from the Pittsburgh Penguins Facebook.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

How I Create a Digital Drawing

I get a lot of questions from people asking how I paint digitally, so I thought I'd share how I created my drawing of the hockey player John Tavares. I happened to take a lot of screen shots when working on it, so why not share. I wrote a tutorial website a few years ago, but my style has changed a lot since.

People often ask me if I "just use filters," the answer is no. I draw everything by hand. This drawing took me about 20 hours (Two days on the face, one day on the body, and a few hours on the background).

Before I go onto the steps, here is what I use:

A Wacom Intuos Pro tablet with Stylus, PhotoShop CC and an iMac. 

Click "Read More" to see the steps:

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

John Tavares - New York Islanders - Drawing/Trading Card

I was at the thrift store the other day and was looking at the old hockey trading cards, when a thought came to mind: "Why don't I try drawing one?" So, I did. Hockey Trading Card companies/the NHL, please consider this my expression of interest! I can also draw Pikachu accurately in less than a minute, if Pokemon is hiring. 

Once I had the idea, I needed to pick a player, so I went with John Tavares, the Captain of my favourite team, the New York Islanders. Even though I'm from Vancouver, I love the Isles and was listening to the games while working on this. Also, Tavares totally rules! (I previously drew him as part of Team Canada.) I got the idea for the border from an old Mike Bossy card.

Original photo found on Cosmo of all places, ha.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Captain America and Friends Drawing (Chris Evans, Hayley Atwell, Scarlett Johansson, Anthony Mackie, Sebastian Stan, JJ Feild, Cobie Smulders)

My favourite Marvel superhero is by Captain America or as I like to call him "Captain Sweetie." I like him best because he's just a nice guy that kicks ass for a living. I think both the Captain America movies are really well done with great acting and exciting stories. 

Call me cheesy, but my favourite thing about the Captain America films is that they are about friendship. So, may I present my drawing "Captain America and Friends." On the left are his buds from Captain America: The First Avenger: Union Jack (J.J. Feild), Bucky Barnes (Sebastian Stan), and Agent Peggy Carter (Hayley Atwell). On the right are his pals from Captain America: The Winter Soldier: Falcon (Anthony Mackie), Agent Maria Hill (Cobie Smulders), and Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson). In the middle, of course, is the Captain himself (Chris Evans). I also added Falcon flying in the background for balance and because I may never get to draw a flying dude again.

Photos from Pinterest.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Fei Fei Sun Drawing

One of my favourite models is the stunning Fei Fei Sun (I've been meaning to draw her for ages). This drawing is based on a photo shoot Fei Fei did for the May 2014 issue of Vogue China by Sharif Hamza (The whole magazine was wonderful, by the way). For my interpretation, I decided to change the colour palette to be shades of plum and pink. The background is a painting I did of my local park, Como Lake.   

Photo scanned by me from my hoard of Vogue China magazines.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Pop Up Display 2

Another pop up display of my artwork is up at the Coquitlam Public Library. This time it is at the Poirier Branch. Check it out before the end of the July!

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Team Canada Men's Hockey Cartoon - Toews, Tavares, Crosby, Duchene, Price, Subban, and Benn

Oh Canada, I drew some hockey players for you! It took me ages (the full sized drawing is the size of a large movie poster), but I think it turned out pretty well! I feel like I'm now an expert at drawing teeth and hockey hair, ha! Please click on each of the drawings for a larger view.

If you are a Canadian you probably already know that both Canada's men's and women's ice hockey teams won Gold at the Sochi Olympics last month. There was no way I had enough time to draw the whole team, so instead I opted just to draw my friends' fav players. From left to right in the group shot: Jonathan Toews (from the Chicago Blackhawks), John Tavares (from the New York Islanders),  Sidney Crosby (from the Pittsburgh Penguins), Matt Duchene (from the Colorado Avalanche), Carey Price (from the Montreal Canadiens), PK Subban (from the Montreal Canadiens), and Jamie Benn (from the Dallas Stars). I think my favourite to draw was Crosby because he looks like Clark Kent, ha.

Tavares and Crosby
Subban and Benn
Toews and Duchene

Mainly from CBC and Zimbo.

Monday, February 24, 2014

Wonder Woman (as played by Lynda Carter) Comic

I don't normally think of my drawings as "fan art," but I will make an exception for this one since I'm a big Wonder Woman fan. Wonder Woman (aka Princess Diana of Themyscira) is my favourite comic book hero and I think she's a feminist icon too (DC actually has a lot of strong female characters -- I love Batgirl, Zatanna, and Catwoman to name a few). This drawing is based on the Wonder Woman from the 1970s Lynda Carter TV Show. 

This comic drawing took several days, but was a lot of fun. I did a lot of experimenting with the line art and tried out different colouring techniques, working from greyscale to full colour. The rope looping in the background is Wonder Woman's "Lasso of Truth," which forces anyone it ties to obey and tell the truth. Original photos from Pinterest. click on the comic for a larger size.

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Lupita Nyong'o Drawing

Lupita Nyong'o is a Mexican-Kenyan actress and director, who just received an Oscar nomination for her breakout role as Patsey in 12 Years A Slave. She is also a graduate of the Yale School of Drama. In addition to being incredibly smart and talented, Lupita is a total fashion icon. I can't wait to see what she wears to the Oscars! Good luck, Lupita!

Original photos from here and here.  

Monday, February 03, 2014

Pop up Exhibit

If you happen to be living or visiting the Coquitlam area, why not check out a small display of my art and little paper dresses at the City Centre Branch of the Coquitlam Public Library (1169 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam, BC, Canada)? It's called "Pop Goes the Library: The Pop Culture Inspired Art of Jamie McCarthy" and it runs until the last week of February. All the works are based on movies, TV shows, or books. Here are a few photos:

Monday, January 13, 2014

Jennifer Lawrence Drawing

Congrats on your Golden Globe award last night, Jennifer! This was the third time I've drawn J.Law, but the first time as a blonde, ha. She's beyond great! 

Original photo found on Jennifer Lawrence Daily.

Friday, January 03, 2014

Emilia Clarke Drawing

I went H.A.M. at the Mac Store yesterday and bought the new Wacom Intuos Pro tablet with all my Christmas money. This drawing is my first go at using it and I must say that the Intuos sure does speed up things (it only took a few hours)! The express keys and touch pad are simply amazing. I'm also extremely impressed with the pressure sensitivity of the stylus (It now makes me feel like using the Bamboo was like drawing with a bunt pencil, ha).

Okay, so who is this young lady you ask? Why it's British actress Emilia Clarke, who plays Daenerys Targaryen (aka blonde lady who likes dragons) on Game of Thrones. She also currently stars in the movie Dom Hemingway, which also has Jude Law and Richard E. Grant in it, and looks quite funny. Fun bonus fact: Emilia is three days older than me. Original photo from British Vogue, taken by Boo George (love, love, love Boo's work), and found on Fashnberry

(Click for larger size)

Wednesday, January 01, 2014

Happy New Year 2014!

Hey everyone, welcome to the year 2014! May the year be full of only awesomeness! 

What a Kerfuffle turns 9 this year. Here are my drawing goals for 2014:

1) Make more animated gifs (see below).
2) Try drawing a narrative comic strip (I've been toying with the idea of illustrating Charles Brockden Brown's epic and freaky novel Wieland for years).
3) Experiment! Experiment! Experiment! (AKA Learn what more buttons in Photoshop actually do!)
4) Get better at drawing dudes more realistically (Oddly, I used to find women harder to draw and now it's the opposite, ha).

A question for 2014: Any suggestions for who I should draw this year? List some folks in the comments section and I'll see what I can do :)

Please Note: This animation of a Jack Russell Terrier dancing is viewed best while listening to Katy Perry's "Roar" or Bruno Mars' "Treasure" or Lady Gaga's "Do What You Want."

All the best!

Monday, December 09, 2013

Lily Collins Comic

I just recently upgraded to Adobe Creative Cloud, so I decided to use this drawing to experiment with some techniques I've been reading about in ImagineFX. I tried out four things here: 1. I created animated rain using about 8 frames, 2. I first worked in greyscale and then colourized it afterwards (the highly saturated, sunny colour of the original photo wouldn't work with my idea for the animation), 3. I merged my line art with the greyscale underpainting into one layer and then coloured on top of the same layer (This means that some lines have more depth than others, while others blend in more), and 4. I tried out a comic book inking technique on the hair.

Now something a little more interesting: Who is this Audrey Hepburn-esque girl you ask? Why it's the talented British/American actress Lily Collins from The Mortal Instruments series, Mirror Mirror, and the Blind Side. Lily's dad is the singer/drummer Phil Collins, which in turn made me decide to listen to "Sussudio" while animating the rain, ha.

Original photo from British Glamour found here.

The drawing without animation.