Friday, March 09, 2007


Here's a digital sketch of Pauley Perrette a.k.a Abby Sciuto from TV series NCIS. When I was researching photo reference, I was surprised to discover that Ms. Perrette is almost 40! (Not that there's anything wrong with that). It must be a combination of her high voice, elfin features and her character's goth getup and pigtails which make her seem so much younger.

Originally this was going to be a self-promotional video sketch for YouTube but once again my screen capture program crashed halfway through saving and I lost the footage. Bummer.

About 90minutes in Painter 8 using the Pen/Scratchboard tool.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

That's outstanding! Does Pauley know about this yet? If not, can I send it to her?


PS -She has a young inner life, too. I think that's the most important thing. But, she's _only_ 37. ;P

4:50 PM  
Blogger Chris Wahl said...

Hey Mags!

Glad you like it,

You can send it to her if you want. Let me know if you want a hi-res.

She'll be 38 in a few weeks. :D

4:56 PM  
Blogger heri said...

that's fantastic Chris. Stupid computer for crashing and not letting u you save it on time.

:: saves ::


6:50 PM  
Blogger Chrissie A said...

Lovely, expressive piece...I really enjoy your scribbly-sketchy stuff, Chris (well, of course I love the finished stuff too...but I really like seeing those loose lines!)

4:39 AM  
Blogger shaggy said...

Wow, thats cool. She is the main reason I started watching that show in the first place.

10:59 AM  
Blogger Milenko said...

Oh. boy!
This stuff is awesome.
I really enjoyed my visit.
Cheers to you and your skill,



5:41 PM  
Blogger kollyo said... always i want to say great job Chris,I love it, especially the Max stuff and thanks for ur comment on my art!!

12:18 AM  
Blogger Elliot Cowan said...

The scratchboard tool is just about the only tool I ever use in Painter.
It's the best...

4:54 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ah, crap. Some stalker has sent her offline (well, into hiding online) as of last month. I don't have a way to contact her any more.


2:26 PM  
Blogger Chris Wahl said...

Heri- Luckily it wasn't the computer that crashed (or I would have lost the drawing too), just the stupid screen capture program.

Chrissie- Yeah it took me a while over the years to trust my instincts and get looser with my inking. I learnt that spontaneous misplaced lines are usually better than meticulously created correct ones.

FerdinandKreozot- Thanks man. Love your blog, and love the Popeye piece.

Kollyo- Thanks!

Elliot- Only just started using it. Sure beats the wobbly Photoshop line. Very nice tapering too.

Maggie- Yeah read about that. Would have made a nice birthday gift.

5:09 PM  
Blogger bla said...

Very nice!
Keep it up

7:25 AM  
Blogger kollyo said...

Thanks Chris, for advising me on the Photoshop! I will try it soon. I'm in a process of discovering the digital painting and highly appreciate ur advice, thanks again!!! (by the way i just got a new digital painting done:)

9:14 AM  
Blogger Chris Wahl said...

ale- Thanks!

kollyo- Glad I could help out.

I'll be sure to check out your new work soon.

4:44 PM  
Blogger Pauk said...

I like this one a lot.

12:26 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Freaking awesome as usual, Chris. All these months looking at your blog, and I wondered why you used Photoshop for inking instead of Painter. It really is far superior for straight drawing, and the Scratchboard Tool is my most often-used brush as well.

As regards the screen capture thing, did you know you can create a Painter movie file without any outside software? These files will only play back in Painter (it just records each stroke and recreates it onscreen), but you could use these to ensure that you don't lose your screen cap footage. Just screen cap the movie as it plays in Painter.

7:59 AM  
Blogger Chris Wahl said...

Thanks guys.

Ryan- Yeah, I'm only just starting to discover Painter's ful potential.

Thanks also for the info about the Painter movie file. I'll definitely look into it.

2:34 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

To find out more about that, look in the help topics for "scripts." There's some pretty cool uses for them other than just recording movies.

3:19 AM  
Blogger Chris Wahl said...

Will do. Thanks Ryan.

10:07 AM  
Blogger Marcos Mateu said...

I like your really strong, really precise style!

10:43 AM  
Blogger Chris Wahl said...

Thanks Marcos!

Enjoyed visiting your blog. Really energetic linework you have.

4:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dose anyone have a way to contact abby an email addy of somethin cas i realy wanna talk to her

5:29 AM  
Blogger Chris Wahl said...

anonymous- Unfortunately, ever since an obsessed fan stalked her online, Abby (Pauley Perrette) has removed all contact details from the internet.

6:13 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Elle a une sacré belle gueule cette actrice !

5:41 AM  
Blogger LDA said...

I love abby and just searched around for some photos of her ...

Your picture is really great and show her pretty smile and her buityfull eyes :)

Really nice picture

11:01 AM  
Blogger Chris Wahl said...

Thanks Ida and Anonymous for your comments!

11:07 AM  

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