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

My head hurts and then some mugshots

Posted in blog filler, sketches by R.L. Bertulfo on June 16, 2009

Now tell us miss, who did all the work on you?

Now tell us miss, who did all the work on you?

Hello. Nothing much really, just some head sketches here and there with only a cameo of the Daredevil that I dared (no pun intended)  not to do a full sketch with and decided to populate the paper with some random mugshot of some dude plucked out of my measely imaginings. I was planning on finishing the Horny one tonight but was too distracted early on the evening about some domestic uneasiness so the friggin steam blew off without even going to a boiling point so to speak. So I decided that this post don’t count as a sketch-a-day. My heads a screaming right now mentally with a hug F*ck You’s and some gaddamits on the side every five seconds or so and it makes my head hurt. That’s it then, signing off.

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Sketchercise Friday 2

Posted in fan art, sketches by R.L. Bertulfo on June 12, 2009

Wolverine thoughtless sketch FAIL

Wolverine thoughtless sketch FAIL

The steam is almost out, I should’ve never have posted this shitty piece, I’m tired, uninspired for the day. Maybe when I don’t feel like doing a sketch-a-day I better not. Quality over quantity, I guess. Maybe tomorrow will fare better. Struggling with my style again, first I drew old man Logan here (below larger lifeless/David Carredine type Wolvie image) without much thought this afternoon with my original lousy style and started to ink on it listlessly and inevitably failed which I deemed evident when I first sketched it. Then I proceeded tonight to try to do it with the style that I am gearing for (above Wolvie image )which went well but me tired already which I just decided to just give up on it. It’s been a slow day. Whatever. Nuff said.

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Sketchercise Thursday 2

Posted in fan art, sketches by R.L. Bertulfo on June 11, 2009

Fantastic Thing bullying Franklin Richards?!

Fantastic Thing bullying Franklin Richards?!

Hey, I’ m still here and doing it with this sketchercise thingee two weeks straight now. I’m either running out of ideas or lazying it out again. For tonights sketchercise I just continued on with last nights sketch and do the adorable blue eyed Mr. Ben Grimm fooling around with Franklin Richards I suppose.  Man, those rock chip details of this guy is hard. Lesson learned again. I don’t know if theres a technique to doing it but all I did was doodle around wherever the pen takes me, squiggle, squiggle, squiggle until I thought WTF this is terribly ruined and came up with this just in time for tonight to be posted. Some sketchercise. Nuff said.

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Sketchercise Wednesday 2

Posted in fan art, sketches by R.L. Bertulfo on June 10, 2009

Fantastic Storm

Fantastic Storm

On with my futility, sketchercise for tonight is Johnny Storm of the Fantastic Four. No reason really, just popped up in my head this flame head.  The flame effect was not what I expected it to be, lesson learned I guess. I sketch without real theme or focus in mind, just what I can come up with every time when I get home from work, randomly plucked out in thin air. I don’t know why but I am sketching with my previous style as to the one I’m gearing at from the beginning of this sketchercise series which is drawing in the cartoony/exaggerated  vein. I don’t know whats wrong with me tonight I just can’t help it. Anyways, hope tomorrow I’m in tune to my objectives. As usual, comments and suggestions are highly welcomed if not begged upon.

Just a wee update on that SDR thing we are doing, Motmot’s project is almost done and hope we can release it on the targetted date come July 2009. Excited with that. My filler piece is still in its virtual phase and/or its all still in my head waiting to be fleshed out, its only a two pager and I can’t seem to get it off my system and materialized, loser me. Not a good thing. I wonder how the Suede is going. Nuff said.

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. 🙂

Sketcheroo Tuesday

Posted in SDR Comics, sketches, the works by R.L. Bertulfo on June 2, 2009

I don’t know if the title is right. Does the word “sketch” mean only pencils on paper or does it include inking over them? Be it hastily or haphazardly. Well, this here I did today because I felt like doing one during my office break (?!, yeah right). Just a character study on a sequential piece that I will be handing over to SDR as a 2 or 3 page filleroo to the upcoming Captain N12 release come July 2009 (woot!woot!). Bobo the Clown : Intergalactic Bounty Hunter.  I will be doing a character profile post over at the SDR blog as soonest as possible about this here character and on the Streetcleaner, when I have the chops and stomach to post something decent there. Notice that I am bordering my style now differently and hoping it would be best. For now just a sketch post. Thank you.

Bobo the Clown: Intergalactic Bounty Hunter

Bobo the Clown: Intergalactic Bounty Hunter

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

I haven’t been exactly slacking off

Posted in blog filler, Uncategorized by R.L. Bertulfo II on April 1, 2009

Hello everyone. It has been awhile since I posted here and that doesn’t mean I was slacking off. In fact I have been drawing and sketching thingamajigs for a couple of  weeks now. It has been hard to juggle daytime work and family and the things and hobbies that I’ve been doing and rolling it to one and call it a day after it all. Its hard but I get by somehow.  and for the sake of posting something of interest, here’s a sketch of the bats I did just now 🙂 hope you all enjoy, click on the image for the bigger picture…its a special day to day anyway so what better way than to post. Comments are highly enjoined (have I improved on my sketch work in progress?):

Happy April Fools Mother Effers!!!