The Pencil Pushing Area — One Man's Work-in-Progress

Preview for Sugbo Jam Komiks Anthology

Posted in cebu, Comic Books, fantasy, inks, SDR Comics, the works by R.L. Bertulfo on August 31, 2009

Preview Page for Sugbo Jam Komiks Anthology

Preview Page for Sugbo Jam Komiks Anthology

Just wanna repost. For the full post click on —->>>here


Inking duties and Just like old times

Posted in inks, SDR Comics, the works by R.L. Bertulfo on August 23, 2009

My good friend Zerulean today handled me his 3-page pencils for a collaboration we are doing for the upcoming anthology. I have mentioned in the past posts about him, we were college buds before and we used to cook up our own superheroic comics back then, to practice our abilities and to waste time with. I was always the writer and the inker and he the penciller then and for our collaboration now the partnership is still the same. It’s almost 15 years since we done this kinda shindig again and I am really excited about this . I have been practicing inking over his work again today with a discarded piece of page he drew on and work from there then on and posted below. He changed his style drastically with this one with a lot of lines and hatches which I am not used to with his materials and as he said earlier it has been some time since he did a sequential thingee. It’s a learning process all over again for the both of us and I do hope I did justice to his pencilled piece when I’m through with all 3 pages. Here’s the practice piece we did. Comments highly appreciated.

Pencils-E. Espinosa Inks-R.L.Bertulfo

Pencils-E. Espinosa Inks-R.L.Bertulfo

Another thing, I’ve revised page 1 of the 6 pager submission that was mentioned in this post here, with this one here because I kinda did not like the previous one I did and I do hope I pulled it off somehow:

And here is page 3 2 of the above related story, the last panel is still unfinished with a very small detail of the antagonist destroying the building but what the heck I’m gonna post it anyway.

Nuff said. I’d better finish this up to page 6 before the deadline hits me and to top it off I have yet to learn to put word balloons on these babies. Geez. Wish me luck.

Oldies but Goodies pt. 2-inks and a sketch

Posted in geeks, inks, sketches, the works by R.L. Bertulfo on July 23, 2009

You can read the first part of this post here or just freely browse the blog. 🙂

I have nothing better to post, been busy with finishing the Captin N12 Issue 1 dialogues/script and I was not able to sketch last week and unfortunately this week so what better lousy way to compensate by posting old fart art/sketches that I did way back 10 or so friggin years ago, pathetic me. I rarely do fan art then than now so most of what I found from my old boxes were some character studies or profile of what I (and the Zerulean, which will be part 3 of this post) happen to cook up with in me brain,  lots of ideas then on having my own superhero team or a really cool character or two then and maybe, just maybe I will resurrect and get to finish one of them now that me and the boys have our own do-it-yourself comic book house the Super Debil Robot Comics which I profusely advertise in my recent post nowadays. Image Comics was so popular then and it is evident in my sketches. Here we go:

Some YoungBlood influenced characters don’t ya thunk?! (Badrock ?)

This one I called the Emissary and I was hooked up with some Wild C.A.T.s storyline then, I forgot already.

This hear is Razorback (he is also in this previous blog post here), a pretty nifty combo of Cyber Force’s RipClaw and WildCat’s Warblade. I overly thinking of resurrecting him now.

I really thought Marc Silvestri’s Ascension character was cool and David Finch’s art rocks and still is so I made one me self which greatly influenced a comic book one shot 6 pager story that I did which the lineart work that I did was lost for all eternity en route hand carried by a friend of mine to be submitted to a Popcorn-esque comic book magazine here in Cebu then. Angels and demons have a special place in my heart also.

Another angel and demon piece, not inked, only pencilled this one and don’t have the heart to ink it for I was afraid I’d ruined it. This is the only piece that I thought I made a decent looking babe, and a demon babe for that matter and sideways and hugging the dude, and…ah, nevermind.

Here was my not so many attempts at doing sequentials with the Razorback character. Just a fight scene with no real concrete backgrounds hehhehehe. Lousy. I am still not comfy with doing a sequential now. Must muster up the courage soonest as possible or Motex will kick my arse. 🙂

That’s it then for part deux, f.y.i. I only scanned the most decent one that I could find, others was next to nada. Next post will be the collab we did back then when we were still in college with good old friend Zerulean.

Sketchercise Thursday 3

Posted in fan art, inks, lineart, sketches by R.L. Bertulfo on June 25, 2009

Lady Trons gonna kick my shiny behind for this Fail!

Lady Tron's gonna kick my shiny behind for this Fail!

I was playing a tug-o-war in mind whether or not I’m gonna post this piece today but I posted it anyway for the lack of better judgement on my part. I am recently reading a Majestic TPB and came across Lady Tron in them pages and got me thinking, she looked easy enough to draw and stuff, with all the cyber crap 90% of her body is holding, yeah, I can pull it off. Unfortunately, no. I sucked at drawing women or cybernetically enhanced women for that matter. I make up a thousand excuses before I venture in with pencil in hand when it comes to drawing women. I tremble at even the thought of drawing one but every once in a while I save enough courage to actually do one and as always I FAIL miserably. This is not even a full body sketch. I even cropped out the lower half of her body just to compromise on posting this.

Well, I promise to do more sketches of women now and then even if I sucked and even if it kills me. I’ve done this self imposed sketch-a-day program to help me conquer my lineart weaknesses  so help the gods that I would atleast try sketch practicing drawing women in order to be more whollistic. I just can’t draw only men and weird thingees exclusively, that would be impractical. For some time in the future I would have to draw women whether I like it or not, much like backgrounds, and hands and feet plus  the lineart would be too gay, unbalanced without them. Hopefully I can upload a more decent one other than this. For now you’ll have to contend with commenting on this one.

Self – deprecation/observations:

1.Her neck is too long and skewed.

2.The leather jacket flaps are way too large to a point of dragon wings and wrong shading/lighting effect for it.

3.Cybernetic parts would’ve been more metal like than actual.

4.Her damn hair is supposed to be punk rock. Not teepee-like.

5. Boobs.Boobs. Boods.Work on it.

Nuff said. 🙂

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Sketchercise Tuesday 3

Posted in fan art, inks, sketches by R.L. Bertulfo on June 23, 2009

Chrome Dome Bastich of the Spaceways

Chrome Dome Bastich of the Spaceways

Well, whadaya know, I’m back at this sketch-a-day thing with a gun held in hand and up temple I finally get to pick up the pen tonight and do this. I’m not gonna get myself stressed over this sketch-a-day and make this more into a sketch-a-whenever-i-feel-or-get-to-do-it. A good comprise you say? Well, fraggin dammit, I do so agree. Hehehehe. On with the program, this is a sketch of the great Chrome Dome in the Sky, the Sentinel of the Spaceways, the once herald of Galactus, the one Lobo will kick ass whenever they come to meet, the…you get the picture. I am really fascinated with this character eversince and I do hope Marvel would revive him and not just do an appearance into some other books here and there now and then. Got a little wild with them Kirby particles up there, to a point of no direction really and copped out with a birds eye view sort off and the liquid eraser for stars resulted to just random white-outs, geez. And wait, are those feet?! All in all, fun to do. Maybe I miss doing sketh-a-days. Comments highly appreciated guys and ghouls.

Sketchercise Friday

Posted in fan art, inks, sketches by R.L. Bertulfo on June 5, 2009

The Clown Prince of Gotham

The Clown Prince of Gotham

Well whadaya know, I’m still at it with this self-imposed Sketch-a-Day thingee even though how futile and irrelevant this is to the whole grand scheme of things. It’s a good drawing exercise though. Anyways, I’m still psyched up on reading the Batman R.I.P. and Secrets so might as well do a quick Joker sketch.  I f@@#$ -up big time with the shadow on the background which I realized after the scan that it shouldn’t have been put there and the poor rendition of the right hand. Well, that’s common for a quick sketch I guess (yeah right, lazy bones).  Nuff said.

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Sketcheroo Thursday

Posted in fan art, inks, lineart, sketches, the works by R.L. Bertulfo on June 4, 2009

Ghost Rider weird version :)
Ghost Rider weird version 🙂

So its Thursday, and on with my self-imposed Sketch-a-Day futility.  I was gonna do the Joker but opted with the Ghost Rider today and failed as you can see here. Thought drawings a skull on fire was simpler than a grinning clown, fooled me.

Note to self:

1. Fiery skull head is looking to detached than the original.

2.Cross-hatchings!cross-hatchings. They are not just lines, they add depth.

3.Left leg is humongous and unnatural.

4.Shadows!shadows!shadows. Same as note 2.

5.No reason to be sloppy and lazy just because this is a sketch. Work on it full time.

6.Ghost Rider outfit is looking gay. The black cloth texture on arms are missing.

7.Next time google/rummage files for some reference on whatever I am sketching and not be lazy as note 5 is implying. It helps.

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Sketcheroo Wednesday

Posted in fan art, inks, lineart, sketches by R.L. Bertulfo on June 3, 2009

Long Live the Bat

Long Live the Bat

This is day two of my self imposed sketch-a-day program. Although way too late, this is a tribute piece to the original Batman who died recently on Final Crisis issue no. 6 fried in the hands of Darksied nonetheless (correct me if I’m wrong, low memory me).  I just want to draw him today so I ended up with this one, pencils over hurried inks as usual. Trying out the Uni Pin that I get to buy today using it together with the Sakura Calligraphic pens. Also, sketching it on a recently purchased sketch pad Berkeley, cheap and good, getting the hang of  it. I don’t know if the paper on the sketch pad was intended to be inked on but I did it anyways.

Getting comfortable with the style that I am currently pursuing akin to that Kieth and Wayshack guy and terribly doing it. Notice all cross-hatchings in chaos mode flying in all directions specially visible on the arms part, lighting effects in disarray and inks hastily done. Well, forgivable because its just a sketch, I guess. I will fine tune this hopefully on future sketcheroos when procrastinating come a-knockin’.

I am just pumped up now. Hope I can graduate into sequentials soon because that’s what I am aiming at but not even tried to do even now. Just doing pin-up sketches for now. Comments highly appreciated. 🙂

The Streetcleaner revised and soon to be again

Posted in inks, SDR Comics, sketches, the works, Uncategorized by R.L. Bertulfo on June 1, 2009

Just want to make a heads up to the SDR Blog, it’s been updated with updates (no pun intended 🙂 ) to the so called whereabouts of each of our still yet incoherent projects therein, this one is my post there but feel free to check the others post. Click the link for some good lovin’ —–>>> Subject to change withour Prior Notice <<<—- .

Enough about them, now what’s up with me you might ask :).

Well, over the weekend we (that is the SDR collective of 4 but emphasizing on the 3 this time around) decided to post to the SDR blog updates on our individual pieces that would soon see the light of day anytime soon or end up in obscurity or whichever comes first. This made me sketch/come up with something/mind bend the images posted below in order to readily comply to what we have agreed upon. And eventually made me inadvertently revise the Streetcleaner which I was going to really because I think it was kinda off  and made me think that it would be better to use the original character sketch to some other thing in the future. This revision, as stated in the SDR post, will be subject to change yet again, without prior notice or until I come up with something cooler but the name will stick and I’m not changing it.

We also decided that on every meet up we make we would have a brainstorming/psuedo study on sequential art with references to whaterver we can hook up with be it How-to-Draw-Comics for dummies or similar tomes and from what-I-have-heard references also.  In the process we can feed off of each others experiences and expertise and learn and do some more unlearning in the process of this thing that we have high regard for, sequential art. So every weeekend or so we have a meeting on the status of the project and drawing sessions right smack in the middle of it to keep things productive. Cool.

Below is the revised Streetcleaner. I am still slicing my brain on what style to pursue. I tend to be fond on the cartoony side which is evident to this sketch I did:

Little Cleaner

Little Cleaner

This is the sketch I did afterward, still afraid to ink it because of all the construction lines, honestly, I don’t even know how to pull off the strongest lines for inking, stupid me. I am still drawing it the same way, typical comic book hero style I guess and that just bugs me because I terribly hate it but I can’t shake it off with an ugly stick, not yet but hopefully I will or I’d best be somewhere up in some bridge or building hell bent on jumping off to La-la Land:

Revised Streetcleaner sketch

Revised Streetcleaner sketch

Clearly visible on the above image that I don’t draw/practice that much nowadays and my lazy ass keeps rearing (no pun intended again) its ugly head with productive procrastinating on its back daily to terrorize me. Note to self: practice!practice!practice! and then some. I have decided to make the Streetcleaner look this way akin to the Daredevil/Batman/Moonknight/and every vigilante by night kinda thing to make him look like he’s to be take seriously unlike the previous character design I did way back in some post. Again, hope I can pull this off me having no experience whatsoever on lineart/sequential art and even good story telling and all. I have a couple of story plots running around me feeble head that I hope I can put it to paper the soonest and let it be over with. The revised sketch kinda looks like what I am visualizin in my head, well, mostly 70% of it though and its a good thing I guess. But in all honesty, I am fond of drawing goofy cartoony stuff but I want to achieve comic book seriousness first so I am still finding the visual style so help me god.

Here’s an inked character study version of it, comments as usual are begging to be had, so fire away:

Streetcleaner character study-inked

Streetcleaner character study-inked


Posted in fan art, inks, the works by R.L. Bertulfo II on February 28, 2009

I’ve pencilled, inked and somewhat cleaned (some pencil lines are visible, dammit!lousy me) this piece a little via PS and uploaded it on DA and linked it to a forum that I am irregularly participating in and posted in this here blog now in the wee hours of Saturday and I’m starting to dread that my social life is gradually amounting to zilch/nada/zero. As the wife would aptly say, “Murag alone naman ka karun cige lagi”. Hehehhe.  I’ve even recently neglected Friday night drinking spree with the boys for about a month or so now and the bands kinda getting stale even if we do have a gig coming up I don’t have the urge to be panic and prepare for the gig.  A typical day would be me off to work during the day and right after that  I’d go home and go read something and maybe a little sketch. Internet time is even minimal now and the tube is next to nothing. Maybe its just a phase but then again, maybe not. Nuff said about that.

The image above is my rendition of a character from a popular local radio soap opera during the late 90’s or so, here depicted decapitating the Super Debil Robot. Our neighbors help would blast the volume up during afternoons with programs such as this. We can’t help overhearing the program and get hooked somehow. Let our imaginations run loose as we try to discern the vocal dramatization. Ramini was the recent topic at some forum that I irregularly participate and we were urged to try our rendition of the character. Although this piece was a quickie and an unplanned one, spur of the moment and shit, I get to have the courage to try and ink it though and its a good thing, I guess.  I hope to render it and do it some lineart justice  (notice the poor excuse of a rendered bronze skin, geezus) it terribly deserves soon enuff. For now it will just serve as my quick contribution to the forum and a reason for me to update this blog. Again, nuff said. (@suede and @ramini, tnx for the topic).