My Berlin XX – Urban life mini documentaries by Heidi Kull (Comic Pilot)

A first test and „comic pilot“ of a new mini series I plan to draw: short comic stories of people’s everyday lives in the different districts of Berlin…

Ines 2 – into finishing

This is how far I got with the drawing of my hairdresser.
I added two more gestures of Ines (still sketches) and the title „Schnittverständnis“ (sense of cutting), which is Ines‘ most favourite expression for her cutting art.

Hm, watching it now I miss the white hair from the first sketches and I think my eyes became much too sleepy.
Hairdresser Ines

Well, but right now I have to pause, because I have to finish some drawing jobs first to be able to pay my rent next month.

But my plan is to get a big cutout of the Ines illustration in the end and to tag that on the wall of the barbershop.

Like the cool and inspiring street art images in my street…

Ines – Haircutting Sketches

Last week I visited my favoutite hairdresser, Ines, at her home to get a new haircut.

We had that private session because Ines was fired by her former boss and was in some kind of interim state between jobs.
As she’s going to work in a new barbershop soon I got the idea to do a drawing as a gift for her new work location.

Here’s the documentation of the work in progress so far:

1) The first sketches I and the main sketch I did in Manga Studio

Haircutting Sketch 1

2) For the colouring I tried an unsusal dark skin tone that reminds me a bit of 40ies illustrations or B-Movies. The hair colour I left out. Found it looked quite interesting with the white hair…

3) then I went a bit further in photoshop where I did some blending mode tests and ended with „overlay“

Hulk in Manga Studio

„Manga Studio EX 4“ is my favourite drawing application. I just wish they wouldn’t have called it Manga Studio for the American and European market but left it’s original Japanese name „Comic Studio“.
Besides its misleading name it’s a great tool for all kind of comic or pop art drawings. It’s a really intuitive tool with great drawing features like stroke-in and stroke-out and a line-drawing correction that helps to avoid shakeiness. And if you choose to draw in vector mode you have a lot of control over your your artwork.

I did these Hulk drawings in Manga Studio.

The hand detail shows how a line can intuitively be manipulated – without any bezier handles like for example in illustrator…