Thursday, 31 May 2012


Happy Thursday one and all! Since I have a very annoying cold that just wont quit, I've got time to post the finished Batman tribute poster tonight (woot woot!). Hope you all like it!

Made in Photoshop CS4
I should probably mention that my client got a copy with all the bells and whistles to make it look like a movie poster (thank you Jess for all the help), but I don't feel right posting that everywhere so this is just the finished illustration. Took me a total of 52 hours and 24 minutes to finish...I have no idea if that's good or bad. Anyway, here are some close ups!

In the preview post I hadn't started Catwoman, which turned out to be a good thing! New official character posters were coming out the week I was working on her, so I finally had good reference pics to work from. It would've bugged me to death had I found out later that I made the entire Catwoman look wrong! To be honest though, I'm still confused by the whole headgear thing she's got on...but that's what dark shadows and the blur tool are for!

Anyway, now that I've confessed my art sins, I guess it's time for me to punch out. Gotta go blow my until next time interwebs, stay classy :P

Sunday, 27 May 2012


Here's the second last anatomy study sketch, featuring legs. I learned a lot from reading this chapter of Burne Hogarth's Dynamic Anatomy: Revised and Expenaded. Prior to, I didn't have a thorough idea of what muscles make up a leg; but now I know (and knowledge is power).

Leg notes
At the end of each chapter Hogarth gives drawing tips, which are the best parts of the book! They are so helpful, and for the most part they've become second nature when I'm drawing. I don't always remember every tip, but that's what notes are for!

Sometime this week I'll be posting the finished Batman tribute poster (yay), and then next Sunday I'll share my last anatomy study sketch. Now might be a good time to mention that the Over Dose Studio site and logo are getting a revamp! Whole new look (whole new name actually), and I'm super excited for Jess to get started (no pressure)! So I'll keep you all up to date here and on the Facebook page.

Until next time interwebs, stay classy!

Sunday, 20 May 2012


As I said in last week's anatomy post, the most difficult chapters of Burne Hogarth's Dynamic Anatomy: Revised and Expanded, in my opinion, were the arm chapters. Well, technically it was the lower arm chapter because the upper arm is pretty basic. I must have read it over at least a dozen times before I actually got around to summarizing everything!
Arm notes
As you can see, the lower half of the arm is basically a giant twist tie of muscles; so it took me a while to make sense of it all. Even though in reality you can't see every muscle, it's still helpful to have an understanding of what's there and why (or so I'm told). I'm pretty sure I took a long break between this and the previous chapter, because of school and what not. So these sketches were done after I had taken a few figure drawing classes, which is why they're a little better than the others. In any case, it was time well spent!

Hope you all got a chance to see my poster preview on Friday! Quick update on that, Bane is all finished and placed in the final file (about time!). Tomorrow I start working on Catwoman, and if all goes well the poster should be done this coming Thursday or Friday. If that's the case, I'll post it on the weekend.

Until next time interwebs, stay classy!

Friday, 18 May 2012

BATMAN POSTER- Process & Previews

As promised here are some previews to the Dark Knight tribute poster! Actually, both me and my sister were asked to do Batman posters, and you can see her's on her blog.  She did a kickass new interpretation of the iconic Bane breaking Batman's back image, so yea it's awesome!

To the left are the thumbnail ideas I sent to the client for my poster. There were two specifications for this project- A: it had to look like a movie poster (so I'm painting realistic stuff once again) and B: it had to have Catwoman (Anne Hathaway), Bane (Tom Hardy) and the caped crusader himself (Christian Bale). The client let me pick between the vertical thumbnail idea, and the bottom horizontal one.

On the right is the rough sketch of the final layout. I did end up going with the vertical idea so it would match my sister's posters (they're for the same client). The only major change I made from the thumbnail was to eliminate the entire city scape in flames. Focusing on one building with fire instead has made the process much easier (plus is looks more dramatic).

Since the image size is so large, I haven't been working on one Photoshop file. Each character and the back buildings have their own file, and I'm placing everything together once I'm done each element. To date I've got Batman and the background all finished up; Bane will be finished by tomorrow (preview to the left), then all that's left is Catwoman and final touch ups. Now the Batman preview above was taken a while ago, when I didn't realize the new cape had scallops. No worries to the fanatics out there, I fixed that up recently! 

With luck (and a few all nighters) this poster will be done late next week. It's taken more time because I'm also working on my very first movie concept job!  But more on that once this poster is done (like dinner). 

Until next time interwebs, stay classy. Feel free to come back Sunday for another anatomy post!

Monday, 14 May 2012


Here are the concept sketches for my sister's next tattoo. She talked a little about it on her blog (link), but she's been thinking it over for a few years now.
Tattoo sketches in Photoshop
I have a feeling she's going to go with the one on the left. That's what I'd do anyway ;) After I finish a few other things, my next endeavour will be to paint one of these for her. I better get back to work!

Until next time interwebs, stay classy.

Sunday, 13 May 2012


As promised, I'm posting the next few pages of my anatomy sketches. Once again I'd like to point out that these are my summaries of Burne Hogarth's Dynamic Anatomy: Revised and Expanded; which is one of the great anatomy bibles out there. These are the sketches I made after reading the Torso chapter of the book in 2009.
Front and back notes of the torso

At the time, I thought this was going to be the most difficult chapter to rap my head around. There are 14 muscles in total (7 each side) that make up the human back, so I never thought I'd get through it all. Once I did I figured the hardest part was over...until I got the the arm chapters. I'll post those next Sunday.

During the week you can look forward to previews of my Batman poster, and I'll also post sketches of my sister's tattoo design. For now, I'd like to say happy mother's day to all the moms out there. Hope you all have the relaxing day you deserve :)

Until next time interwebs, stay classy! Love you Mama Oddi (for the record, we've been calling my mom that way before Disney's Princess and the Frog, just sayin)

Thursday, 10 May 2012


Ello one and all! Since there were lack of posts in April, I figured I'd give y'all an extra right now. Made this today as a warm up sketch on Photoshop, but I decided to take a little extra time to finish it up.

"Espresso"- made in Photoshop, 1 hour

It's a little representation of both my Grandfathers (or if you're Italian, my Nonnos). When I was young I hated espresso, but my Nonnos loved it. And like many Italians, they liked it with Sambuca (which I also hated). I thought it was a bitter and pointless drink, and the Sambuca gave it an even worse black liquorice taste. But time changes everything...well almost everything. I've grown to love espresso, so much so that I need one every night after dinner...still hate Sambuca though (yuckerz). Anyway whenever I drink it I think back to watching my Nonnos chit-chatting over a cup or two. Unfortunately my one Nonno on my Mother's side did pass away a while back; but I still enjoy having a cup with my Grandparent's who I'm lucky enough to have with me.

Hope you all like the picture, and look forward to Sunday when I continue posting anatomy stuff!
Until next time interwebs, stay classy

Sunday, 6 May 2012

ANATOMY STUDIES- Body Proportion, Head & Neck

Way back in 2009 I started reading Dynamic Anatomy: Revised and Expanded by Burne Hogarth (though I believe this revised edition has other writers as well). In order to learn everything this book had to offer, I decided to sum up major points in my sketchbook and draw key images...turns out that was a bigger task than I had anticipated. Most of the chapters went on for so long that I couldn't keep them all in one book. So I scanned all the pages and squished each body section together into large jpeg files. To date, I'm still not done going through the entire book...pretty sure I stopped half way through the hand chapter. Anyway, here are the sketchbook pages on the first three chapters.
Basic "head count" of the average body
Keep in mind these pictures were drawn back in 2009 (I was so young and naive!!). I promise the new ones I post will be much better.
Skull, head and neck notes
For those of you looking for an anatomy book, I highly recommend this one (it's the anatomy bible people, can't get any better). But be warned, it's not really a "how to draw" kind of guide. It uses the scientific names of all the muscles, and goes through each of their function and placement with tremendous detail. There are plenty of pointers and amazing pictures by the legendary Hogarth, but it can be overwhelming for first-timers (like myself..who was reading it in high school..and had yet to take a figure drawing class). I found it more useful when I was in college for animation, and had weekly figure drawing classes to see what the book was talking about in real life.

In other news (cheesy TV reporting segue, gotta love it), the Part 2 to my previous post [link] will be delayed. In order to keep this blog as a weekly thing, I'll be posting these anatomy pages for the next little while instead. So tune in next Sunday (cuz I like sundays) for more body part drawings :)

'Till then interwebs, stay classy!
P.S, the Batman poster should also be done by next week, so I'm pretty pumped for that!