Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt is my favourite show from this year (I’ve taken to rewatching it just like I used to do with 30 Rock). I decided to return to a cartoon style for this one, since Ellie Kemper suits cartoons so well. For the background, I wanted it to look like their apartment, but also have an Eloise vibe.
Can I just say Tituss Burgess (who plays Titus) is the best singer ever? I want Peeno Noir as my ringtone!
Hockey Trading Card #4 is complete! This time I drew the awesome Erik Karlsson from the Ottawa Senators. The drawing took about three days and the card border took almost two days (I listened to the Sens psych up song from 30 Rock before getting started). Reference photo found on Pinterest.
As suggested by Kathleen, it's a trading card of Tyler Seguin and Jamie Benn from the Dallas Stars. This is my third hockey trading card I've drawn (Crosby and Tavares are the other two). From my research, usually when there is more than one player on a card, they write "dynamic duo" someone on it. That term applies to these two pretty well. Reference photo from ESPN (which also features a pretty funny interview with them).
And because I can't have a post on these two without featuring this:
Here's a quick drawing I did for Kathleen today of Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones, who are both nominated for Academy Awards this year for their performances in the Theory of Everything (Eddie plays Stephen Hawking and Felicity plays Jane Hawking). Ah, I remember when I first saw Eddie in The Other Boleyn Girl and Felicity in Northanger Abbey. Both have had amazing careers since then. Good luck on Sunday you two!
So obviously, as someone from Vancouver, I am cheering for our friendly and awesome Pacific Northwest neighbours to win Super Bowl XLIX! Russell Wilson is my favourite player from Seattle (I have a Funko Pop! of him), so I thought I'd draw a fan trading card of him. I dedicate this to my friend Matt, who is a big Hawks fan. Good luck boys!
While researching this one, I discovered that a trading card exists of my Grandpa, who was a professional football player and coach (he also did some Scouting for the Seahawks!). How cool!
Original Photo found here by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images. Also, www.seahawks.net was very useful for figuring out what colours to use!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.