State of the Art: A Sketch Blog

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Nick Pappas is an engineer by day and a comic artist by night. He's currently working on his first web comic, Robot Rumba, in hopes of becoming a better artist and storyteller.

Expect to see all sorts of sketches, concepts, and other illustrations here. Future projects may include short animations(!).

twitter.com/redrobotsuit:

    I haven’t forgotten to post things for Inktober! These don’t feel like much, but they’ve helped me get used to my inking pens again. I hope this counts for the first couple days of Inktober…

    (the page with the random characters was done at my table at MICE! if you’re near Lesley College in Porter Square, come say hi! http://www.micexpo.org/location/)

    — 2 weeks ago with 1 note
    #inktober  #drawing  #brush pen  #brush practice  #mice2014 

    Amy’s Dad is a Dog! (excerpt) - Here’s the first couple pages of my mini-comic that will be debuting at MICE this year! If you’re in the Boston area the weekend of Oct 4-5, come say hi and check out some comics!

    More info about MICE here: http://www.micexpo.org/

    — 1 month ago with 3 notes
    #comic  #art  #mini comic  #dog  #MICE 
    Baby’s First Mini - Look! This is  my very first attempt (somehow) at printing a mini-comic!
I worked with my Robot Rumba files as a test and attempted to get them to conform to the only paper size I had available. After some clumsy scissor work… I think it turned out ok!

    Baby’s First Mini - Look! This is  my very first attempt (somehow) at printing a mini-comic!

    I worked with my Robot Rumba files as a test and attempted to get them to conform to the only paper size I had available. After some clumsy scissor work… I think it turned out ok!

    — 4 months ago with 3 notes
    #mini comic  #1st try  #comics  #test 
    Buttons Jacket - Here’s a panel that I liked from the next page. Still working with that new brush. See it in context tomorrow (june 2nd)!

    Buttons Jacket - Here’s a panel that I liked from the next page. Still working with that new brush. See it in context tomorrow (june 2nd)!

    — 4 months ago with 2 notes
    #drawing  #comics  #brush  #comic panels  #black and white  #webcomic 
    redrobotsuit:

Process Sketch - I’ve been doing a little experimenting lately… I’m trying to find a good drawing style/brush combo that will allow me to work fast, expressively, and faithful to the story I want to tell. Here’s a sneak peek at what I’m talking about: a simpler, more cartoony style.
Keep an eye out for the next page of Robot Rumba! (this is a sketch of the first panel~)

    redrobotsuit:

    Process Sketch - I’ve been doing a little experimenting lately… I’m trying to find a good drawing style/brush combo that will allow me to work fast, expressively, and faithful to the story I want to tell. Here’s a sneak peek at what I’m talking about: a simpler, more cartoony style.

    Keep an eye out for the next page of Robot Rumba! (this is a sketch of the first panel~)

    — 4 months ago with 1 note
    #day 79  #i skipped day 78...  #drawing  #drawing a day  #daily drawing  #process  #comic  #comic process 
    Process Sketch - I’ve been doing a little experimenting lately… I’m trying to find a good drawing style/brush combo that will allow me to work fast, expressively, and faithful to the story I want to tell. Here’s a sneak peek at what I’m talking about: a simpler, more cartoony style.
Keep an eye out for the next page of Robot Rumba! (this is a sketch of the first panel~)

    Process Sketch - I’ve been doing a little experimenting lately… I’m trying to find a good drawing style/brush combo that will allow me to work fast, expressively, and faithful to the story I want to tell. Here’s a sneak peek at what I’m talking about: a simpler, more cartoony style.

    Keep an eye out for the next page of Robot Rumba! (this is a sketch of the first panel~)

    — 4 months ago with 1 note
    #comic  #comic process  #sketch  #experiment  #coffee  #coffeebot  #drawing 
    redrobotsuit:

New Business Card (Front) - I think this is as good as its going to get~

    redrobotsuit:

    New Business Card (Front) - I think this is as good as its going to get~

    — 5 months ago with 1 note
    #day 72  #drawing  #drawing a day  #daily drawing  #robot rumba  #business card 
    New Business Card (Front) - I think this is as good as its going to get~

    New Business Card (Front) - I think this is as good as its going to get~

    — 5 months ago with 1 note
    #business card  #comic  #robot rumba 
    Business Card A-Side (TEST) - This is what the front of my next set of business cards may look like. I’ll add a character or two to fill that gray space.

    Business Card A-Side (TEST) - This is what the front of my next set of business cards may look like. I’ll add a character or two to fill that gray space.

    — 5 months ago with 2 notes
    #business card  #concept  #logo  #logo design  #robot rumba 
    one-a-day-drawings:

Making Coffee with CoffeeBot - This feels like cheating on my “daily drawing” tumblr, but let’s face it: i basically drew this whole thing today…
Check out the rest of the chapter this page is from on my comic site!

I’ve been looking forward to drawing this page for a couple of weeks

    one-a-day-drawings:

    Making Coffee with CoffeeBot - This feels like cheating on my “daily drawing” tumblr, but let’s face it: i basically drew this whole thing today…

    Check out the rest of the chapter this page is from on my comic site!

    I’ve been looking forward to drawing this page for a couple of weeks

    — 6 months ago with 1 note
    #comic  #webcomic  #robot rumba  #coffee  #coffeebot 
    Robot Rumba Returns! - I’m finally back to making comics again! (despite all the best efforts to my website…)
I’m planning on maintaining my usual Monday update schedule, but I may attempt to do more whenever possible.
Anyway, my site is having some display issues at the moment, but feel free to go there and check it out!

    Robot Rumba Returns! - I’m finally back to making comics again! (despite all the best efforts to my website…)

    I’m planning on maintaining my usual Monday update schedule, but I may attempt to do more whenever possible.

    Anyway, my site is having some display issues at the moment, but feel free to go there and check it out!

    — 7 months ago with 5 notes
    #comic  #Black and White  #robot rumba  #art  #Illustration  #drawing 
    Robot Rumba Returns! - I’m back and I’ve been working on the next pages of Robot Rumba! I’ve got a couple more things to work on and figure out, but the official return date will be Monday, March 17th! (I may or may not be coloring these pages, but I wanted to share the lines with you for this momentous occasion)

    Robot Rumba Returns! - I’m back and I’ve been working on the next pages of Robot Rumba! I’ve got a couple more things to work on and figure out, but the official return date will be Monday, March 17th! (I may or may not be coloring these pages, but I wanted to share the lines with you for this momentous occasion)

    — 7 months ago with 1 note
    #robot rumba  #comic  #returns  #line art  #drawing 
    Bird Boy Fanart (complete) - This is some fan art I did based on Anne Szabla’s comic, Bird Boy (you should check it out, it’s really good!). It was kind of done as a thank-you since she helped advise me with respect to purchasing the Cintiq Companion (spoiler alert: I got it).
For fun you can check out some progress images of this picture here, here, and here (all on my other tumblr).

    Bird Boy Fanart (complete) - This is some fan art I did based on Anne Szabla’s comic, Bird Boy (you should check it out, it’s really good!). It was kind of done as a thank-you since she helped advise me with respect to purchasing the Cintiq Companion (spoiler alert: I got it).

    For fun you can check out some progress images of this picture here, here, and here (all on my other tumblr).

    — 8 months ago with 1 note
    #illustration  #art  #bird boy  #fan art 

    redrobotsuit:

    Hourly Comics - I’m going to blame the lack of a full day of hourly comics on my not feeling super well (still!!!) and then things got boring (because I was dead tired). I went to a housewarming party though, that was pretty cool.

    i did that thing where i posted this to the wrong tumblr again…

    — 8 months ago with 1 note
    #day 31  #daily drawing  #drawing  #drawing a day  #hourly comics 

    Hourly Comics - I’m going to blame the lack of a full day of hourly comics on my not feeling super well (still!!!) and then things got boring (because I was dead tired). I went to a housewarming party though, that was pretty cool.

    — 8 months ago with 1 note
    #day 31  #drawing  #drawing a day  #daily drawing  #hourly comics  #art