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 →

E3 2011 Thoughts

June 10, 2011 by Kerda | 0 comments

So, even though I don’t think anybody knows this site exists, I figured I would post some thoughts about this year’s E3 expo, the game industry’s annual trade show.

On the whole, it seemed like a very sedated show.  Even just 5 or 6 years ago, there was a real, palpable sense of excitement post-E3 that propelled the industry forward through the long, barren summer months ahead.  Sure, you may have to suffer through both unbearable heat and cynically produced licensed dreck, seeping from the glistening fat folds of the bloated Hollywood industrial complex, but fall promised a cleansing bounty of “gamer’s games”, appointment games. 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.

Pretty girls (sort of NSFW, depending on how prudish your employer is)

June 6, 2011 by Kerda | 0 comments

So I, like most sad, lonely, heterosexual visual artists, enjoy pretty girls.  If I’m sitting down to draw without any particular goal in mind, 9/10 times I’ll end up scribbling down the female form.

This is one of those random drawings, done a few weeks back.  It turned out a lot nicer than I ever expected, and it uses colors that are far more vibrant than I’m accustomed to.  I genuinely like it, which is saying something.

Also, to echo the subject line, pic is sort of NSFW.  No nudity, but bare back and underwear-addled posterior.  The height of perversion.

Cleanin’ out the backlog

June 6, 2011 by Kerda | 0 comments

I’ll start off easy and clean out some old stuff that I’ve never published online before now.

This is a finished-esque picture I did around a year ago of CM Punk, who’s easily my favorite professional wrestler working today, and his now-defunct “Straight Edge Society”.

Yes, I watch pro-wrestling.

Yes, I know it’s “fake”.  Why is that always the first response of non-fans when you bring up wrestling?  I watch it because it’s fake, not in spite of it.

Anyways, this is from back when Punk still had his wacky Manson hair and “homicidal woodsman” beard.  Good times, those…

So, uhh….new site!

June 5, 2011 by Kerda | 0 comments

So, this is considerably different than my old site, but I never updated that one, so it was time for a change.

Hopefully, you’ll see the look of this site evolve over time as I become more acclimated to WordPress.  In truth, I’ll probably just get lazy and it will look like this a decade from now, but a boy can dream….

Anyways, I do (in all seriousness) hope to be updating this place on a regular basis with artwork and/or writing, so stay tuned.