Ultraist Studios Blog Journal thoughts, musings and other rambling…

August 3, 2008

Chicken Scratch

Filed under: Doodles — M Kitchen @ 10:01 am

This sketch was inspired by the amazing drawing style of artist Mike Kitchen!

March 27, 2007

Work Doodle…

Filed under: Doodles,Spy Guy — M Kitchen @ 9:00 am

Here are some more doodles while sitting at my day job (the one I sort of quit three weeks ago).

Getting myself prepped for SPY GUY #1.

February 25, 2007


Filed under: Colour,Doodles — M Kitchen @ 8:46 am

If Hellboy had a sister… what would she look like?

Viktor Kalvachev posed this question over at The Drawing Board last January.

Which got me thinking. This is the part of creation I enjoy the most. The logical progression in trying to flesh out an idea. Sitting at work, after a couple minutes of processing time, an image began to form in my head.

This is my thought process:

I assumed that if Hellboy was to have a sister, it would be a younger sister. Because there has been no mention of an older sister anywhere in the series, a younger sister seemed like the only logical choice. She couldn’t be a little kid, because Hellboy is something like 70 years old.

She wouldn’t have a Right Hand Of Doom, because that is the sort of item that would be a one-of-a-kind rarity. And her brother’s the one that’s got it.

When she came to earth, it would be in flames, like when baby Hellboy was summoned. She would arrive unclothed, however Hellboy isn’t a cheesecake sort of comic, and I’m pretty sure that Hellboy (who would be bound to be first on the scene) would not let his sis’ walk around in the nude, him being accustomed to human traditions and all. Hence the choice of having her covered with Hellboy’s trench coat.

She would arrive with horns. Now, whether she would follow her brother’s lead and cut them off later is debatable, but my best thinking is she wouldn’t, and would instead treat them as a hair accessory; women are like that.

Personality-wise, to start, she would be like a deer caught in the headlights, wondering what sort of world she has gotten herself into. The rest would develop later, depending on the story archs. So that is what I tried to capture in this image.

I did my best attempt at aping Mignola’s style for this.
You can let me know if I was at all successful.

I’ve posted the above image both at The Drawing Board and on the Hellboy Forums.
And if you want to check out the original concept doodles, click open the comment section below.

January 7, 2007

Sunday Miscellany

Filed under: Doodles,Photos,Spy Guy — M Kitchen @ 6:53 pm

Warren Ellis asked for a picture, so I gave him one:

If you look closely, you can see page 6 of HARRY, and page 13 of SPUD.

Another Installment of Work Doodles…

These were done between playblasts with a dry erase marker in my animation dailies notebook. Trying to get better + faster at drawing…

December 16, 2006

Saturday Miscellany

Filed under: Audio,Doodles,Mantra,Ramblings — M Kitchen @ 2:31 pm

Work Doodle…
I did these sketches at work, trying to apply some of those Walt Stanchfield notes on drawing folds. Mildly pleased with the results. A couple more hundred drawings, and I might just get it right.

Thoughts on Blogging.
I never really cared about comments or feedback before. The artwork I would draw, and the stories I would craft were primarily for myself. However since the start of this blog journal experiment I find myself looking for the next comment like a junkie looking for his next hit. Pathetic. As a result, this song has been playing through my head all week:


Which brings me to a new feature / post category:

The idea of this being; any word of wisdom or advice which I constantly need reminding about will go in this category.

In Other News…
Today was a good day for inking. Progress on SPUD & HARRY had just about ground to a halt during the month of November. However for the better part of the day, I managed to ink a good chunk of character stuff on HARRY pg. 14 as well as some backgrounds that previously were causing me problems. Progress pics would have been posted, but they’d give away the story. So for that you’ll just have to wait.

The next SPY GUY Webcomic is ready to go (tune in tomorrow).

In The Mail…
Thai Nguyen (ILM Animator and member of the SPY GUY Street Team) writes:

youre web comic should be called Mashed. its kinda have an emenem sound to it. + its like ur mixing a bunch of style youre trying out. and its been put together quickly


I kind of like it.
Any thoughts?

November 23, 2006

Work Doodle…

Filed under: Doodles,Spy Guy — M Kitchen @ 10:39 pm

I haven’t been satisfied with the way I’ve been drawing Spy Guy’s hat. I did these doodles at work to see if I could get more gravity effecting the rim to give it more weight.

September 18, 2006

Drawing Is Hard

Filed under: Doodles,Ramblings,Spy Guy — M Kitchen @ 7:23 am

Drawing is really hard.
There’s no other way to put it.

One of my biggest regrets is not pushing my drawing skills over my post-Sheridan years. Now I’m getting old(er). Time is moving faster.

I found while doing sketching at the Toronto Comic Book Expo, that Spy Guy is a hard character to draw. I didn’t realise that before. It’s because of the simplicity. If you get the lines wrong, it shows. There isn’t a lot of detail to hide behind. Also it’s because of that trench coat. It makes it easy to turn the character into a blob. I really have to think about the forms and mass under the trench coat. Especially around the legs. That is what I was experimenting with in these doodles:

This is a sketch I did a while back while I was looking at some Shane Glines Bob G.O.M.P. drawings. I was looking at the way Shane draws his forms, and was trying to mimic it on Spy Guy. I always thought these doodles were successful. They have an appeal:

Whenever I look at stuff by artist at the top of their game (like in the links below) I get a reality check on just how far I am from the watermark I artistically aspire to, and I get a surge of energy to just try to get better. It’s hard work, but it’s work worth doing.

Temple of the Seven Golden Camels – The art of storyboarding (and more).

Walt Stanchfield – Drawing class notes from Walt Disney Studios.

Chen Yi Chang – Animation Presentation (video).

All I can really do is keep drawing. Keep pushing. Keep learning. This is something I should have done years ago. But life has a way of doing that, setting up distractions, veering things off course.

I’ve got a lot to learn.

September 16, 2006

Space Agent A.C.E.

Filed under: Doodles,Nostalgia,Ramblings — M Kitchen @ 10:28 am

My brother Blair has started a new feature over at Possum Press called Captain Smith and Broccoli Boy. You should check it out. Anyway, reading those strips got me thinking about a character I created back in high school. It was sort of like the futuristic counterpoint to Spy Guy. In my sketchbook I would alternate pages, so that it would be one page Spy Guy, next page Space A.C.E. Oh, and as for the name… I found out years later that an Animator named Don Bluth had created a video game in 1983 called Space Ace. That was like 5 years before I created my character. So in my own mind, to try and avoid any sort of trademark infringement, I would keep messing around with new names I could call the character. The closest thing I could come up with was Space Agents – with the lead character being called A.C.E. If I ever decide to do something with the character, we’ll see if I get sued.

The point of all this type… after reading the latest installment of Captain Smith and Broccoli Boy I pulled out a sketch pad at work, and doodled this drawing.

There you have him; Space Agent A.C.E. Sort of my answer to Mega Man, Astro Boy, Han Solo and Captain Kirk. His sidekick is the equivalent to a robot swiss army knife. Maybe they will appear if future doodles, perhaps even as future back up features in the Spy Guy comics. That is, assuming I don’t get sued.

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