My Number One Fan requested a t-shirt design featuring Baba Yaga for Halloween, and who am I to deny her? I was surprised by how many people don't know this ragged queen of witches, a figure I'd grown up with, flying around in her pestle, gathering up souls and taking them back to her chicken-footed house in the deep, dark woods. She's worth looking into, for sure. Below is the final project, and some process shots for a deeper look at how I make these things.
I typically start with reference pictures. I find things on the web for details, and I'll model the particular pose myself:
Then I go work with some blue pencils. I'm not quite ready to do this part on the tablet, but I'm getting there. I don't know what it is about blue pencils, they just allow me to be bolder and messier:
Usually inking the initial drawing is the hardest part, it's actually kinda terrifying. But this time I scanned the blue pencil drawing onto my tablet and used that, and now I'm hooked! So good! Usually I have to do a bunch of work to separate the blue lines from the inks in Photoshop, but the tablet allows me to use different layers, and to create nice clean lines that are perfect for the next phases:
Then I block in colors and start thinking about where the light should be coming from:
Then I spend a bunch of time adding details n stuff, usually whilst watching some terrible horror movie or other:
Maybe a total of 12 hours, start to finish? A true meditation for me, and a delightful Halloween surprise for her. Happy Best Month, everyone!!
Friday, November 1, 2019
Monday, October 21, 2019
I was a little late with this one this year, doesn't mean I don't love this big monster any less. Happy birthday to us both! Click here to see last year's, and you can follow the links back to 2012 when I started these Halloween portraits. Happy Best Month, everyone!
Sunday, September 29, 2019
Another poster for Mira Loma Theater! And look at that main title lettering, riiiiiight? Made it myself on the 'pad, y'all! See last year's poster by clicking here, or click "Show Posters" over there on the right to see more...well, posters I made for shows.
Wednesday, August 28, 2019
I transferred to the ER one year ago! I couldn't have gotten through this past year without the seven incredible people I trained with, who inspire me and give me the courage I need every damn shift. To show my appreciation for my gang - my Crazy Eight - I made this design and had it printed on stickers from moo.com. If you're curious, that's a flying Uncrustable, which is a very popular snack at the hospital. And he's smoking a cigar, because everything is kinda just nuts at our job, including us.
Friday, July 19, 2019
Monday, June 17, 2019
My first video! Starring Autumn Fuentes, Mason Stone, David Tenenbaum, Virginia Bell, Hilary Mackenzie, and Maret Orliss, all household names these days, of course. This was shot on a loooooong day just after my senior year of high school! What? True story. Click the image below to enjoy a tale of love, loss, and betrayal. DRAMA!
Monday, May 20, 2019
Thursday, April 18, 2019
You've all been like, "How do we get more facial movement out of this dude?" And I'm like, "Stand up comedy, bruh." Possibly the most terrifying thing I've done. Click the photo below to watch me skate the edge of a tonic-clonic while I babble about the weather, taxi cabs, French bulldogs, and my (possible) boner. This was my final performance for a class I took in New York City, hosted at New York Comedy Club for an audience of friends and family. I was so nervous I'm surprised I was even intelligible. Enjoy?
Monday, April 8, 2019
Thursday, March 21, 2019
A couple of friends and I took the 30 Day Music Challenge on Insty, posting a song a day based on the daily prompts. It was...less fun than it seemed like it was going to be, but I got to do a smidge of graphic design. Follow me! @owlhenry