Quick on the heels of talking about not drawing characters on a blank white field… maybe I’ll add a background later. This started out as a scribbled meeting doodle that I decided to clean up in the computer and color. Avengers: Endgame is amazing if you haven’t seen it yet. We just went for the second time this weekend and it was still fantastic! Here’s a look at the various stages of this drawing: scribble, digital sketch, lines, and colored.
captain hammer stages
Doodles in Krita on my Surface Pro 3.
Glass Shield Finished
I finished my second stained glass class a few weeks ago, but it’s been too hectic to post the results. Overall, I like how my little Captain America Shield came out (though the outer edge still needs a little work to be consistently smooth). I like being able to do both the lead came and the copper foil method, as they each have applications where they are better suited.
Shield front-side soldered
back-side ready to solder
copper foil window
I enjoyed the last stained glass class I took so much, I decided to take the next one which teaches the copper foil technique instead of lead came. We are making small fans that can be put infront of a nightlight, but I didn’t like any of the patterns that were offered so I figured out my own. It was between Captain America’s shield or Captain Marvel’s crest. I told the teacher that I was cheating in the last class because almost all my cuts were straight lines, so I am paying my penance this time. This first image was from cutting during the first night and the one below was the aftermath. (I normally try to produce much less waste, but it was important that the grain of the glass all radiates from the center, so I had to lose a little bit more.)
copper foil aftermath
The last two images are from the foiling process, which I did mostly at home. Next step is to spot solder the joints and then solder over all the copper tape.
Spidey Meeting Doodles
Just a few random doodles from meetings at work. I’ve been looking forward to “Spider-man: ITSV” coming out and hopefully seeing it soon. The Skull with CAT-5/RJ-45 medusa hair… no idea where that came from.
I have somewhat of an unhealthy obsession with both the Iron Man Hulkbuster armor and LEGO, so in 2015 when they released the first licensed set (76031), I bought it immediately. That set had quite a few things that I thought could have been improved (feet, upper arms, overall flexibility, etc.) but it was the first of its kind and has been on my desk ever since.
In 2018, just before the new Avenger’s: Infinity War movie movie was released, LEGO unveiled two new Hulkbuster sets. One of them is an ultimate collectors edition (76105), has 1300+ pieces, stands over 9 inches tall and is $120.00. (My personal man-childness is not quite at the level where I can convince myself that’s a justifiable purchase.) The other set (76104) ties directly into the Infinity War movie, was much more reasonably priced, and looked like it was enough of an improvement from the 2015 set that I went ahead and bought it.
Having now put them side-by-side, the 2018 set is a huge improvement in the feet and torso, but the legs seemed stuck in some half-squat position and the upper arms still seemed a little barren. So, I decided to cannibalize the 2015 set to make some improvements to the newer one. I was also away from my normal LEGO resources at the time, so I literally only had those pieces available to work with. Overall I think the legs are much better, I made some slight modifications to the scale and flexibility of the arms, and I added more details here and there with spare parts. Now the torso is probably too small for the scale of the limbs, but beefing that up will have to be a future project. This whole idea was largely inspired by the amazing work of flickr user ChubbyBots and his amazing work building custom LEGO mechs and improving official sets (like this!).
This weekend I had the chance to see Black Panther twice, and it was even better the second time. Can’t wait for Infinity War this summer!
Doodled in Krita on my Surface Pro 3.
For day three of Inktober, my prompt was comical. A few weeks ago we were goofing around with all the masks we’ve accumulated over the years and paired Chewbacca with Thor’s helmet. My son thoughout it was funny enough to draw, so I made sure to find a way to slide it in this month.
Groot was doing his best to aid in the fight, but once the bad guys noticed him and started heading his way, he thought he’d try out his new “cute little guy” defense to re-gain the upper hand.
Sketched out on paper and inked with brush pen, then scanned and colored in Krita on my Surface Pro 3.
This is just a little Rocket I doodled in a training meeting about HR stuffs. I’m excited for this next installment to be out in May, though Chris Pratt’s facial hair seems weird (pointy sideburns?).
Today’s bulletin doodle was the young Nova from Marvel comics. I decided to try rough coloring it real quick on my Surface, but the picture I took to start with wasn’t the best.
kid nova color