Pretty Girls 6: Ethnic Minority Edition

May 30, 2013 by Kerda | 0 comments

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So, hey, a new picture finally.  Drew this over the holiday weekend, liked it enough to put it online.

Like my last “Pretty Girls” entry, this began as an update to an old drawing, but ended up developing its own unique character.  It was really the face that I fell in love with, after which point illustration of the body became perfunctory.  That being said, I actually like the way the body turned out, and really enjoy some of the lines contained therein.  The skirt in particular was a real test of my willpower, since my natural instinct when drawing lines that enclose a large, open space is to fill said space with as much…”stuff” as I can logically muster.  I compromised obviously, giving an indication of her pelvic triangle and detailing the hem of the skirt, but trust me when I say that limiting it to even that took an agonizing degree of restraint. Continue Reading →

Back From The Dead (With An Old Drawing)

April 18, 2013 by Kerda | 0 comments

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So, it looks like its been, ehhh…roughly a year since I’ve updated this site, because obviously.

This isn’t even a new piece, sadly.  I actually did this a few years back, and it was one of my first forays using my “New Style” (chronicled in painful detail here).  I liked it well enough that it inspired me to begin regularly drawing again, and was the impetus for revamping my portfolio site, and you can see how well that turned out.

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Pretty Girls 5: A Contrast of Styles (1/2 NSFW)

April 3, 2012 by Kerda | 0 comments

In case all of my whimsical graffiti doesn’t hip you to what’s up, clicking on this drawing will take you to the full, uncensored version, which features bare breasts, and more than a hint of danger.

Anyways, I’m coming to you today with two, TWO new drawings of girls, both of which I did last night on a whim and liked so much I figured I would post them.  Now, on a technical note, you may notice that both of these pics are a bit blurry in comparison to all of the other stuff on the site, and that’s because they ended up getting drawn at a lower resolution than I usually work at.  Both of these are essentially remakes of old, crappy drawings I’ve had laying around on my hard drive since years back, when I was on a noisy Pentium 4 system prone to overheating, and working off of a smaller, much lower resolution monitor.  Since both of these drawings were done on a whim, I just began working on new layers within the original, low res files, and by the time they evolved into anything worthwhile I was too far along to really do anything about it.  So, just think of these as, like…”Barbara Walters interview” art, where everything is soft and gauzy. Continue Reading →

Bam Bam Bronson

March 8, 2012 by Kerda | 2 Comments

This is a picture of Queensbridge rapper Action Bronson, who’s been one of my favorites over the last year or so.  Yeah, yeah, he sounds like Ghostface, but so what.  Ghostface hasn’t really sounded like Ghostface since, ehhh….let’s say Fishscale back in ’06, so what’s the harm?  Getting huffy over a young artist taking inspiration from a legend is silly.  Nas blatantly appropriated the style, subject matter and demeanor of Rakim, but that doesn’t make Illmatic any less of a masterpiece. Continue Reading →

Pretty Girls 4: Warm Feet, Cold Heart

July 24, 2011 by Kerda | 0 comments

Did this drawing a few weeks ago, just never got around to posting it.  Girls in panties is becoming a trend with me, it seems.

I don’t have any really exceptional commentary for this piece.  It came together pretty quickly on a Thursday evening, as I came to the conclusion that drawing > sleeping on a work night.  It was the result of wanting to draw but having no real ideas in my head.

So, I fell back on my old standby of “the ladies” (as I oft-times like to call them, typically while sporting a half-cocked smile and the first few buttons of my polo shirt unfastened, revealing a small tuft of billowing chest hair).  I imagine this girl as being an exceptionally sleek female assassin, tasked with infiltrating an American Apparel shoot and taking out an unsuspecting Dov Charney, perhaps distracted during a moment of public self-pleasure.

Pretty Girls 3: Balding, Depressive Middle Aged Men Edition

June 25, 2011 by Kerda | 1 Comment

This week saw the return of comedian Louis C.K.’s awesome, awesome….awesome comedrama short film anthologicom Louis for its 2nd season, and I was inspired to do this surprisingly speedy drawing of his signature crimson-coiffed countenance.  Alliteration-Ho!!!

Anytime I read reviews of Louis, the critics always go out of their way to mention that Louis C.K. is “certainly no actor”, but that’s a large part of what makes the show so great.  The sheer darkness of so much of the it’s subject matter would be overwhelming were it not for Louis’ tendency to always seem utterly baffled by the world around him.  He manages to evoke a sense of innocence, alienation and cynicism all at the same time, which is pretty remarkable.  A “real” actor trying to “feel the moment” would oversell most of the material, and would transform the show into something just crushingly sad.

Plus, the first few minutes of this week’s episode is probably the funniest thing I’ve seen on TV all year.

Pretty Girls 2: Meganekko Edition

June 19, 2011 by Kerda | 0 comments

So, I wasn’t sure I should ever even publish this picture, but I need a palette cleanse after that last piece, to start the week fresh.

I did this a few months back, and it was really the genesis of my attempts to adopt a looser, more personally enjoyable approach to drawing (documented in painful detail in my last post), which is why it’s such a scrappy mess.

I like it though, way more than a lot of more technically accomplished pieces.  On a technical note, however, this is (sadly) one of the first pieces I’ve done where I focused on making it work when mirrored.  It still looks better as presented, with the subject looking left, but it more or less works when flipped horizontally.  It was interesting how effective flipping the orientation back and forth was in helping me figure out why certain things just looked “off”.

I like the eyes on this piece, more than anything.  There’s nothing terribly complicated about them, but I feel like they convey a certain sense of warmth that I really enjoy.  That’s what I like the best about drawing, being able to scratch together a bunch of fundamentally meaningless marks that, when you get lucky, have the ability to convey something unexpectedly vulnerable and human.  Her eyes make me happy.

Awesome new drawing!!! (Caution: long, aimless rambling contained herein)

June 19, 2011 by Kerda | 0 comments

 

Ugh, this drawing was a pain in the ass.

I mean, I think I like it, but the time I’ve spent this past week working on it has been…obnoxious, to put it lightly.

Over the last few months, I’ve begun to use an approach to line making in Photoshop that’s as much sculpting as it is drawing.  I used to have at least 3 main layers to any piece in PS, with an initial quick sketch, a 2nd more detailed drawing, working out most of the specifics of the size and shape of things, and a final “clean” layer that kept the structure of the 2nd layer but focused more on line weight and adding in the little details.  This sort of worked, except for the fact that my final layer always felt flat.  There were always shapes or lines, or a certain intangible energy to my faster, more spontaneous sketches that was lost once I set about making things smooth and “presentable”.  Plus, it had a tendency to bring out all of my worst OCD line making tics, redrawing lines to a compulsive degree in search of a “perfect” weight or shape that was never quite attainable.  Needless to say, this approach resulted in my hard drive becoming a mass grave of unfinished pieces, cast into the pit out of frustration, their rotting scraps a persistent reminder of defeat. Continue Reading →

Your Sanctuary (Cleanin’ out the backlog Pt. 2)

June 10, 2011 by Kerda | 0 comments

So, this picture is taking it waaaay back to the summer of 2008.  I’ve had this rotting in my stash forever now.

Earthbound is one of my favorite games of all time.  It’s a game that was never mechanically or visually on the bleeding edge of innovation, even back in 1995 when it was first released stateside, but my god was it a memorable experience.  Set in a contemporary world (a rarity even nowadays, where high fantasy, sci-fi and various genres that include the word “punk” still have a strangle grip on digital roleplaying), with a sensibility that giddily stumbled between humorous, sincerely weird and weirdly sincere, it was “quirky” before “quirky” became the adjective used to describe every game not about gun fetishism.

Plus, the enemies were all awesome, which is what inspired me to do this piece cramming together a horde of it’s assorted ne’er-do-wells and nogoodniks.  It’s a game that I’ve always strongly associated with summertime, so it’s only appropriate that I slap it online to celebrate the season.

Wolf Haley

June 8, 2011 by Kerda | 0 comments

Lately, I’ve been on something of an Odd Future kick.  I won’t waste my time writing yet another analysis of the group’s “unsettling content”, other than to say that OFWGKTA is black comedy, with a liberal dose of self-hatred and pathos mixed in for good measure.  I fully understand why some people take issue with them, but if you have a dark sense of humor and an appreciation for good hip-hop music, it’s some of the most compelling stuff to come around in forever.

Anyways, group leader Tyler, the Creator released the (NSFW) video to his new single “She” last Friday, and I was inspired to do this drawing of Ace in all of his stalkerific glory.  I drew an initial sketch Friday night and finished things up a few minutes back, so figured I would just throw it out there and be done with it all, so I can move on to the next thing without laboring over this piece.  This is probably the quickest completion-to-publishing time I’ve ever had on a drawing, and it’s sort of nice.