Friday, April 29, 2011

Mickey Avalon

You wouldn't think he was a rapper by looking at him would you? I love this guy.

I wanted to draw a picture of Mickey Avalon's tattoos and this was the best picture I found. It's such a great pose too. I've used greylead pencil mostly (which I haven't drawn with in the LONGEST time...) and added colour in photoshop with the brushes palette.

When I was first drawing this I was going to have only his tattoos in colour, thats why they're alone on a separate drawing from his body. But wait! His tattoos have no colour! I'm an idiot. So I just painted his skin with the brushes in photoshop, as you can see in the last drawing layer above (it looks freaky on its own doesn't it?), and then combined all the layers together in multiply mode. Seriously, that function is my best friend.

And there you have it. I'll die if he comes across this. Which he won't, right? Three followers! Hell yeah! Lol have a good weekend guys.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Pixie Geldof

Don't eat too many chocolate eggs over Easter kiddies or you'll look like this:

I'm going away for a couple of days over easter, so I thought I'd put a drawing up early so I don't break my 'one drawing a week' promise three weeks in. And in true Easter spirit I've drawn a drunk person, because everyone is going to look like this at some point on Sunday. Admit it.

Quick drawing, simple pen and ink with some black watercolour smudged around the eyes. I've made a black and white version and a green one, for those of you really intending to get sick on chocolate...

Happy Easter!!

Thursday, April 14, 2011


I found this picture while I was googling haircuts. Had to draw it...

First I did a rough outline with greylead pencil, then went over it with my black quill and ink. After it had dried I coloured it in with watercolour pencils and then wet it and blended the colours with water. I had to do this a couple of times before photographing it and dropping it in photoshop to fix up the colours. I also drew him too thin, so I made his face wider and fattened up his neck to make a bit more chubby. I added a texture to the hair to make it look more spiky, and put a light pink background to warm up the skin and a dull green wall background to match the photograph.

And tada! Mullet boy is finished.

Friday, April 8, 2011

Second: Alice Glass

I don't have many favourite bands or musicians, but when I find something new that I like, I tend to listen to them obsessively for a month or so and then get over them pretty quickly after that. Sadly, Crystal Castles is no exception. I do still really love them and I perk up when I hear them or someone mentions them or whatever, I just don't like them as much as before. I mean before that it was Girl Talk who I hardly ever listen to anymore and right now it's Mickey Avalon. He'll probably be on here soon.

ANYWAY... who wants to know about that? This blog is about drawing and this one is of Alice Glass, the lead singer of Crystal Castles. I've been wanting to draw her for a while, mostly when I was in that phase I was talking about before, and now I've finally done it. Most pictures of her are when she's on stage or doing the usual poses you see most musos do, but I found this one where she's looking a bit more casual and loose, like she's bored and broody but she's winking at you at the same time. My favourite people to draw are those who look really unconventional or quirky, that's what drew me to Alice and, I guess, the people you'll see further down the track here.

I drew this with pen and indian ink, on normal low quality paper and it shows. The cross hatching looks a little dodgy because my pen nib kept catching little bits of wet paper in it and I had to stop and draw over some lines, hence the messy look. In the end I gave up on the right sleeve, it was driving me nuts, but I think I get away with it because it looks like the light is brighter on her there. Plus photoshop helped too.

I added some colour once it was in ps, through layers in multiply mode, but I wanted to keep it minimal so the focus was on the cross hatching, even though it looks rough. I think the red version worked best because it looks more graphic. The other two were too minimal. She looks more punky and sexy than the photo, but also a little scarier.