Friday, April 06, 2007

That's Amare!


Here's another basketball related pen and ink portrait, this one of Amare Stoudemire of the Phoenix Suns -- one of my favourite NBA players. I was a bit more warmed up and confident in my pen technique by the time I got to this one, so I was fairly satisfied with the results. Again, as with the last one, this one was also photo-referenced from a cover of Slam Magazine.

For those who emailed and asked, I usually use a hunt 102 nib when I draw with pens, but these last two were drawn with the slightly thicker hunt 108 with a few of the darker areas done with the more flexible 103 nib. I used the 108 because I couldn't find any 102s around my studio at all -- I usually have a box of them lying around, but didn't realize I'd run out months ago. I turned my whole studio over looking for one but, sadly, there wasn't even a rusty one lying around. I think it worked out for the best though, as the thinner nib sometimes creates lines that are so fine that they don't even show up on my scanner. Anyway, enough pen-geekery!


If you're interested, you can also check out my rough pencil sketch/underdrawing on the right. I usually make a rough tonal study in pencil before I do any penwork just to map out the various values. I often think that pen and ink work is very close to painting -- the pen strokes are used to model and build up tones, with line spacing determining value and the direction of the strokes used to model the form.

Geez...I geeked out again...

8 comments:

Ryan Cody said...

If you ever come down to Phoenix, let me know and we'll catch a game!

-ryan

RLS said...

This is better than the last. I really love how you defined the planes here, especially the cheekbones. Great stuff, there.
Again, great likeness.

Chrissie A said...

Outstanding! Beautiful work...the pencil drawing is lovely but the ink drawing is...WOW.

Michael Cho said...

Ryan: Thanks, Ryan -- didn't know you were based in Phoenix, dude. My wife and I have always wanted to make it out to arizona and new mexico sometime.

rls: thanks, buddy. Glad you liked it. Yeah, was more warmed up by the time I got around to this and a bit more comfortable with the thicker pen line, so I thought it worked out better than the last one.

Chrissie A: thanks, Chrissie! Nice to hear from you again. I always think my pen and ink style is really old-school and out of synch with the times, so I'm glad others like it.

Calavera Kid said...

mr. cho these are outstanding!

it's a whole other facet to your bottomless well of talent that you've been hiding. these pieces remind me of joseph clement coll! brilliant.

Michael Cho said...

Ramon: thanks, buddy. Though, I have to say, you're waaaay better and more experienced than me in the pen department. I'm still a brush and ink guy at heart.

I dig Clement Coll too-- that guy had insane skills. His approach to pen and ink is so unique and so dependent on his virtuoso-skills to pull off. I doubt there will ever be another one like him. For my money, easier pen artists to learn from are guys like Booth and even Gibson -- slightly more analytical in style.

Eric Talbot said...

GREAT WORK! Love the two tone stuff!

Michael Cho said...

Thanks, Eric! I've seen your work on the drawingboard.org -- fantastic stuff!