Wednesday, June 02, 2010

A good Head for Radio- Part Two

Back in September 2006 I posted a digital sketch of Radiohead frontman, Thom Yorke using a Wacom Intuos tablet. Now four years later, I've upgraded to a Wacom Cintiq 21UX (an interactive pen display, for those not tech savvy) and below is another digital sketch of Thom Yorke. Done in Photoshop.


Blogger M. D. Jackson said...

what brush did you use, if I may be so bold?

11:36 AM  
Blogger Chris Wahl said...

Just the default hard round brush.

11:40 AM  
Blogger Attractive Art Community (Big Sam) said...

Awesome Chris!

1:45 PM  
Blogger Craig Phillips said...

As usual.. GREAT!!!! I love your pen work.!

So hows the cintiq? I want to get one. Is it worthwhile?
Now you are going to be even faster!

6:28 PM  
Blogger Anthony Diecidue (dee-etch-eh-doo-eh) said...

That's a great one Chris! Awesome work as usual.

6:31 PM  
Blogger GhettoFab said...

I pray that one day I will be able to harness the power of my cintiq a quarter as well as you

(Ive started small animal sacrafices but that doesnt seem to be gettin me anywhere....)

6:05 AM  
Blogger Ronald McMeekin said...

You are without doubt one of the best around really I mean this great band and great drawing should see if they, Radiohead could use it.

7:09 AM  
Blogger Emily Anthony said...

Yeah, wow! This drawing is as cool as Thom is!!
Congrats on your Cintiq.

7:12 AM  
Blogger P.J. Magalhães said...

Love it Chris. Does the little distance between the pen surface and the actual drawing being done under the glass bother you? I tried it once only at a con and i was rather hard to draw because of that.

8:58 AM  
Blogger Chris Wahl said...

Thanks everyone!

Craig- So far I love it. I highly recommend it. There have been people who can't stand it, so if you're considering it maybe test it out somewhere before you commit. And yes it definitely speeds up the workflow.

P.J.- I thought it would bug me, but if you properly calibrate the pen to point distance it's unnoticeable.

9:47 AM  
Anonymous theb said...

This is so cool !

5:00 PM  
Blogger Get Your Sketch said...

Love the sketch Chris! Some guys are interesting enough that there's no need to caricature! I guess that's the point here.

On the Cintiq topic; I also have reservations about the pen/glass distance but maybe just trying one for a few minutes in a convention booth isn't enough? The ones who I hear liking it seem very happy with it.
My other thought is that I think the hand/eye connection doesn't really suffer having the tablet off to side, and I like not having a pen in my field of vision.

Anyway, the debate goes on but it's surely just a personal preference..

Did I mention I love the sketch?!? :)

7:36 PM  
Blogger Anders said...

outstanding sketch!
I'm fond of you brush works, even done in photoshop. precision and energy, it's truly fascinating. bravo!

9:40 PM  
Blogger Nicole said...

Great work! As usual. :)

6:04 AM  
Blogger Steafan Collins said...

fantastic likeness, love your work.

12:28 AM  
Blogger Adam Temple said...

Beautiful blog. Love the tutorials n stuff! Great Sheen! Dirty!

3:17 PM  
Blogger Hans said...

Two words....Awe and some! Always a blast to check your latest posts. Haha that sheen portrait is priceless...he looks SO nasty!


7:53 PM  
Blogger Will Appledorn said...

as always, your linework is just fun to look at!

is it the fact that you used the cintiq,have changed naturally or conscious choice that this version seems more refined than your first attempt?

anyway, awesome!

12:11 PM  
Blogger Russ said...

Not about your post but my Ninja Pirate zombie T-Shirt arrived today from TeeFury and it is unbelievably good. Thank you for creating the best Shirt I have ever seen


5:36 AM  
Blogger MaTT said...

Nice! This is one of the best Thom Yorke portraits I've ever seen!!

I am totally jealous of your Cintiq!! :P

7:06 AM  
Blogger Chris Wahl said...

Thanks for the comments everyone.

Get Your Sketch- I understand people's reservations with the pen/cursor distance problem, but I've never understood the 'pen is in my field of vision' argument. How is it any different from drawing with pencil and paper?

Will Appledorn- I think all of those are possibilities, but I asked myself, would I have drawn the first Thom differently if I had a Cintiq back then, and it was a definite 'yes'. Because of it's control and accuracy it's so much easier to add more refined detail to a drawing with the Cintiq (on the downside it's very tempting to overwork a piece as well)

Russ- Thanks! Enjoy.

10:54 AM  
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5:50 PM  
Blogger Chad H. said...

Very cool!

1:18 PM  
Blogger Damion009 said...

well FUCK ME! this is just awesomeness in a cut made out of great!!! good job.

11:24 AM  
Blogger Walter Davenport said...

Wow Chris, your work is incredible. Congratulations man. Nice to meet you.

4:46 PM  
Blogger Chris Wahl said...

Thanks guys!

11:58 AM  
Blogger Les Toil said...

Chris, you're like the greatest artist on the planet! You've mastered EVERY style and medium!

3:34 AM  
Blogger Chris Wahl said...

Les- Haha, thanks man. Luckily I don't believe it for a second. I gotta keep improving!!

10:42 PM  
Anonymous Passion91 said...

really nice drawing

6:38 AM  

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