Sunday, June 25, 2006

Three shapes, three heads video

A fun little experiment using three different shapes to draw three different heads.

What I ended up with, was a Superman whose chin would put Jay Leno's to shame, a version of Fat Albert if he had come straight outta Compton, 'Hey, hey, hey, I'm gonna bust a cap in yo' ass, fool!', and a woman looking appropriately concerned.

Lots of fun to do and hopefully insightful...

A clearer, hi-res version of the video can be found here.


Blogger Jay Montgomery said...

I love your work and process. You use the computer for what it's good for while still relying heavily on your excellent drawing skills. Truly and great meld of mind and technology.

4:18 AM  
Blogger Adam said...

You are my new hero. I hope you keep making these videos regularly, they are great to learn from.

Is there any chance you are going to be at the San Diego Comic-Con? I'd love to get a sketch from you.

7:03 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Pardon my ignorance, but what program are you drawing these on?

Man, it's so cool to see you draw. Every line is a confidant stroke.
You make it look effortless.

9:35 AM  
Blogger Mike Exner III said...

That was amazing to watch, Mr. Wahl. Part of what amazed me was how often you just scrapped what you'd been doing and started all over. I could never... ever do that. Kudos to you.

1:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Chris,
Man again you knock us out with your fantastic ability to pop out a sketch with just a shape to start with....and in a moments time too// thx again for keeping the door open... Lou

2:03 PM  
Blogger Chris Wahl said...

Thank you all for your kind words and enthusiasm. It spurs me on.

Adam- Unfortunately, since I live in Australia and currently have a young family, I won't be going to San Diego anytime soon (although San Diego is one of the first places in the States I want to visit. I hear they have a great zoo)

Cactus- I draw these in Photoshop. I originally tried using one of the free online sketch sites like 'Rate my Drawing' to make my videos, but they don't support tablet sensitivty, so you only get uniform linework. That, and they didn't record every line I made.

More to come...

12:10 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hello Chris,

How can I get in touch with you about commissioning some artwork? I looked for an email address on your site but couldn't find one. Please e-mail me at me[at]phoat[dot]com.


3:20 AM  
Blogger Chris Wahl said...

Hi Phoat,

I'll be in touch soon.

4:58 PM  
Blogger Krishna M. Sadasivam said...

Chris - thanks for cranking out these awesome drawing tutorial videos! I've really been enjoying them. Keep up the great work!

11:30 PM  
Blogger CAIO NERY FILHO said...


what can I say.

Fuckin' awesome.


Great job.

1:01 AM  
Blogger Chris Wahl said...

Krishna, ciao nery- Thanks guys, glad you like 'em.

1:40 AM  
Blogger Antony said...

Hey Chris, love the videos. Have attempted this before but I had some issues with my screen-capture software. I illustrate on a Wacom in Illustrator and was using Camtasia for the screen-capturing... what do you use for capturing? Does your hard-drive constantly spin? Love your style.


1:51 AM  
Blogger Chris Wahl said...

Thanks Antony. Great work on your website.

I hear Camtasia's a great screen capturing tool, but unfortunately it's PC only. I'm on a Mac and the one I use is called SnapZ Pro. I'm on a G5 Dual processor so I don't get the constant spin, but I do notice a very slight slowing of Photoshop while I'm drawing, but not enough to create a problem.

8:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What version of photoshop do you use and how much did it cost you? Also what type of tablet and how much?

2:23 AM  
Blogger Chris Wahl said...

Currently I use Photoshop CS which costs around $400-$500 US. But for years I made do with Photosop 5.5. Any version from 5 upwards (as this was when the invaluable 'history' feature was included) will be more than adequate.

I use a Wacom Intuos graphic tablet 6x8 inches. These days you can buy the latest version Intuos3 for about $280-$300 US. Wacom Graphire is a cheaper option, but it doesn't have the same pen sensitivity as the Intuos.

10:36 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for responding. I was curious if you ever use adobe illustrator too?

7:42 AM  
Blogger Chris Wahl said...

These days I mainly use Illustrator to vectorize bitmap art, using a third party plugin called Silhouette (similar to Adobe Streamline), which coverts bitmap art into vector, so they can be printed on large scales.

2:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'd have to say mate...
I'm so impressed by what you give out.
Invaluable advice and even better inspiration for everyone.

And of course who better to do it than someone with so much talent they can lead from the front.

Keep it up.


5:21 PM  
Blogger Chris Wahl said...

Thanks Matt.

...cheques in the mail. ;p

1:57 AM  
Blogger Bexrex said...

Your work is fantastic! I have found so much use for the information you so generously provide here -- thanks. You will see improvements in my work in short order....

My portfolio blog

11:01 AM  
Blogger Chris Wahl said...

bexrex- No,no,no! Don't go improving any further! I already get extremely jealous visiting your blog. ;)

Thanks for your comments and great work.

9:05 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

c'est hallucinant ! i don't speak english sorry.
très interessantes ces é mets un lien sur mon blog....bravo ! very fine !

10:55 PM  

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