Kapoor Khazana!

More Bollywood badge graphics! I went a little overboard with this — no pun intended — and so it’s actually twenty-days late (eep!), but luckily @kaymatthews’s Kapoor family celebration goes on for the whole month of June!

Not executed at the level I was hoping for, but about half the figures look like the people they’re supposed to be, and the boat doesn’t look too bad, I guess. Need to work on better line quality & composition in future.

Bender vs Data

ghost doll
One last twitter originated sketch for now. This was also drawn weeks ago, and in less than half an hour (which pleased me no end) for fellow Futurama & Star Trek fan @aalgar, who co-hosts the excellent Sarcastic Voyage and Post Atomic Horror podcasts (more on both in a future post).

See the full post for a couple of details, and click here for a large version of the image

ghost doll
ghost doll


5 Men, a Horse & a Flautist

Daily Sketch Page for 13 April 2009, featuring 5 men, a horse & a flautist. Drawn with blue mechanical pencil on A4 copy paper
It’s been a while since I sketched, both in real life and certainly on this site. I’d like to change that, and whenever I finish a page — I’d like to do one every day or so — I’ll post it here.

In the past few months I’ve been trying out a blue pencil for the first time, and I love it so far. The rationale is that drawing in blue helps later on to separate the black inks drawn over them for easy clean-up. But even just at the sketch stage it’s nice to have this kind of separation (even though I didn’t ink this page). I’m using a 0.7 mechanical pencil lead which I picked up in blue (and orange of all things). I use mechanical pencils anyway for most sketches, and there’s been little to no learning curve to using them.

Here’s some detailed views of the page. I drew all of these from references, with one being a caricature (of Casino Royale actor Mads Mikkelsen), and others are from random pictures in my ‘stuff to draw for practice’ computer folder.

Detail of bearded man with hat covering eyes
Detail of caricature of actor Mads Mikkelsen
Detail of musician with long curly hair

Lastly, here’s a version of the page adjusted in GIMP to look black and white. I’m probably going to switch back to regular pencils, at least for reference based sketches like these since I don’t think I’d like to ink them.
Daily Sketch Page for 13 April 2009 adjusted in the GIMP to greyscale