thom chiaramonte

I draw comics, ride bikes, and eat melon; sometimes simultaneously.

TRDL 2014 Series, No. 29 – Li Bingbing [2014 Vlad Noir Jam]

TRDL 2014 Series, No. 29 – Li Bingbing [2014 Vlad Noir Jam]

TRDL 2014 Series, No. 29 – Li Bingbing [2014 Vlad Noir Jam]

This one was done for the TRDL Art Jam, the subject being our annual Vlad Fiks Memorial Noir Jam. Vlad was well known for enjoying film noir, classic comics, and vintage illustration. But one of his lasting legacies has been his encouragement to work outside of your comfort zone. He was a strong advocate of digital inking, despite a foundation in traditional ink styles, and he lived it how he preached it: he was often trying new things in our weekly jams, testing the waters on new styles and concepts. So, this year, I took a page from his process and worked out of my own comfort zone a bit. I don’t do portraits well, and I don’t tend to work very realistically. But at the same time, I tend to color very simply, without too much deep contrast between shade and highlight…especially when it comes to physical features. So I was inspired to play around and try something a little different, with this portrait of actress Li Bingbing. Miss you Vlad, every time I draw…

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TRDL 2014 Series, No. 30 – Bat-Girl [TRDL Redesign]

TRDL 2014 Series, No. 30 – Bat-Girl [TRDL Redesign]

TRDL 2014 Series, No. 27 – Mockingbird

TRDL 2014 Series, No. 27 – Mockingbird