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Drawing Toto

Tue, 12/22/2009 - 10:31am by Andy Shen
Andy Shen

Here's a quick look at how the Toto heads are done, and no, it's not a Photoshop filter. These are done in Adobe Illustrator with a Wacom Tablet. The style is a ripoff of Richard Linklater's movies Waking Life and A Scanner Darkly. 

Here's the jpeg I'm working from, grayed back.
Lines added using Wacom tablet so line weight can be varied.
Base skin tone laid down.
Two layers of shadowing added. Shading is added transparently so the effect is cumulative.
More darkening, using the 'multiply' setting. Some shadows have a blue tint, some have a red tint.
Highlights, eyebrows, lips added.
A red base for the eyes.
The whites of the eyes.
The lighter part of the irises define the pupils
A shadow under the eyelid helps make the eyes appear round.
The hair behind the head is added, with a couple layers of shading.
The hair in front of the head blocked in.
First layer of hair highlights.
A second layer of highlights.
Ascot added, all done.
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Yes, shading is transparent.
By: Andy Shen
Wed, 10/10/2012 - 9:51pm

Yes, shading is transparent. Darkening is set on 'multiply' and lightening is set on 'screen'.

Great work
By: Schiatuzzo Seattube
Wed, 10/10/2012 - 8:51pm

Awesome work, makes me want to get a Wacom tablet and give it a shot. Looks like some of those layers are semi transparent yeah?

Andy's the best!
By: Vincent Biopace
Tue, 12/29/2009 - 4:31pm

Keep up the good fight!

as usual..
By: David O-Ring
Mon, 12/28/2009 - 8:40pm

great stuff

By: Robin Plug
Sat, 12/26/2009 - 9:56am

7 years... that's terrible. I only claim to have it after long weekend rides when I don't want to be ordered around the house.

Thanks for the concern
By: Bent Overmi
Fri, 12/25/2009 - 7:41pm

Thanks for the concern, but fortunately for all of us Andy and Dan are on safe ground with the Toto. Even using those pictures in the background.

The copyright law contemplates that fair use of a copyrighted work without permission shall be for purposes such as (1) criticism and comment, (2) parody and satire, (3) scholarship and research, (4) news reporting and (5) teaching, and that such fair use will not result in the infringement of a copyrighted work.

As one may expect, authors and publishers usually take a restrictive view of the fair use doctrine, while users of copyrighted materials generally take a more expansive view.

A satirical comic that criticizes, provides comment and parody is most certainly permissible, even under the most restrictive interpretation.

I had CFS for 7 years. what
By: Martin Cage
Thu, 12/24/2009 - 3:59pm

I had CFS for 7 years. what is your direct e mail?

By: Joe Slow
Thu, 12/24/2009 - 2:55pm

Who knows a good professional to deal with Epstein-Barr virus/Chronic fatigue syndrome in NYC?

By: West Coast Reader
Thu, 12/24/2009 - 1:28pm

I traced pictures when I was a kid as well, oh you're not kids...

Great comic none the less!

Instant gcapitulatorin?
By: Andy Shen
Thu, 12/24/2009 - 4:34am

Instant gcapitulatorin?

Shepard Fairey sued by AP for Obama Hope Poster
By: Taddeo Seatpost
Thu, 12/24/2009 - 12:56am


How do you handle the possible suit for copyright infringement of the original photo you use. Are you following the AP vs Shepard Fairey as it relates to the The Obama Hope poster? It seems you are doing a similar process.

...oh NO !!!...
By: Anthony Drainhole
Wed, 12/23/2009 - 10:51pm've gone & spoiled the magic for me...

...i always simply assumed it was just you, the big size box of crayola crayons, a a cuppa joe & your medical mo-jo prescription...

By: amazed
Wed, 12/23/2009 - 5:33pm

Thank you! I always wondered how this was done!!!

By: lee3
Wed, 12/23/2009 - 5:21pm

Well done Andy! I like your use of layers to illustrate the light and shadows.

lolz, assdantana gettinz
By: Mathys Brakepad
Wed, 12/23/2009 - 5:20pm

lolz, assdantana gettinz busted forz hypodoimic needlezez.

Wholly pooh, have we already
By: Andy Shen
Wed, 12/23/2009 - 5:12pm

Wholly pooh, have we already gmoved on to the next inside joke? These things have short shelf glives, forreals.

Shup up and ride.

landis having a sex change
By: Mathys Brakepad
Wed, 12/23/2009 - 4:06pm

landis having a sex change and will race for vanderkitten. meow.

By: Whatever
Wed, 12/23/2009 - 4:00pm

Landis will race for Champion Systems

Can't wait to the those very
By: Florian Limit Screw
Wed, 12/23/2009 - 4:00pm

Can't wait to the those very stylish RR bikes in the pelo ton sur ton.

By: Testy Rhone
Wed, 12/23/2009 - 3:49pm

Smart(?) money has Landis at Rock Racing in 2010.

gnome - 11:52am liquiguts
By: schmalz
Wed, 12/23/2009 - 3:23pm

gnome - 11:52am liquiguts

Vaughters' sideburns
By: Robin Chainline
Wed, 12/23/2009 - 3:06pm

Watching Sanford and Son this morning, I realized you guys must just copy Julio's sideburns for JV. Either that or the young JV was unduly influenced by Julio's fashion sense all those years ago.

Where is Landis?
By: 700x25
Wed, 12/23/2009 - 2:44pm

Does anyone know what landis is up to these days? No news of what team he is going to sign on for...

Somebody please tell me what "Gtime" is code for?
By: NikoT
Wed, 12/23/2009 - 2:40pm

Does it mean "Gnome time" ? - the day suburban people put ceramic knomes out on their lawns (Schmalz?). I hate all this insider speak.
PS - whose "Smallie" is that Biggie Smalls? Isn't he dead?
Not cool.

no gnews is good
By: Maxime Flange
Wed, 12/23/2009 - 2:25pm
ghappy holidaze everyone of
By: mikeweb
Wed, 12/23/2009 - 2:15pm

ghappy holidaze everyone of all denominatorins!

By: Sander Bartape
Wed, 12/23/2009 - 1:52pm

I fail to see what is negative about the truth about a certain 7XTDF champ...I am grateful that NyVelocity has the balls to publish some of the stories that the main stream cycling outlets choose to ignore because of their concerns of sponsor/advertiser dollars going else where.

Good jobs guys- happy holidays!

It IS the snarkiest of all
By: Andy Shen
Wed, 12/23/2009 - 1:50pm

It IS the snarkiest of all gneckwear.

it was fine and dandy
By: groove holmes
Wed, 12/23/2009 - 1:27pm

and then you drew that gnegative ascot on wiggo...

glowest denominatorin, gdude
By: schmalz
Wed, 12/23/2009 - 1:22pm

glowest denominatorin, gdude

I guess my cancer lovin' ways
By: Andy Shen
Wed, 12/23/2009 - 1:20pm

I guess my cancer lovin' ways aren't gseasonal.

negitive crap
By: liquiguts
Wed, 12/23/2009 - 12:52pm

Andy, why do you still love cancer...even at this gtime of year?

I like drawings...
By: schmalz
Wed, 12/23/2009 - 12:43pm

I like drawings...

By: objective observer
Wed, 12/23/2009 - 12:39pm

At this gtime of year still push this negative are appealing to the lowest denominatorin the sport. Apparently this works for you and the advertisers. It doesn't for me. I will not buy from your advertisers. You guys are unable to exist without this lousy vibe! Very sad. Smallie, do you enjoy the general tone of this site??

what about
By: normal blood values
Wed, 12/23/2009 - 12:30pm

alex? i though he drew some of toto?

who does the writing?

One day we will have a
By: schmalz
Wed, 12/23/2009 - 12:19pm

One day we will have a drawing of Klaus Meine.

Yeah, Schmalz's obsession
By: Andy Shen
Wed, 12/23/2009 - 12:16pm

Yeah, Schmalz's obsession with bad hair doesn't help things.

thanks Andy
By: Esteban Ergopower
Wed, 12/23/2009 - 11:46am

cool, the shen plugin

Great insight.
By: Sander Bartape
Wed, 12/23/2009 - 11:39am

I knew that it was a manual process but I never realized how many steps/involved it was. That makes me appreciate even more the work you do.
Thank you.

Messy Hairdos
By: Fan
Wed, 12/23/2009 - 11:38am

then Franco Pellizotti's hair must be a nightmare to recreate!

behind the scenes...
By: Gianni Wave Ring
Wed, 12/23/2009 - 11:21am

Cool Andy... thanks for sharing. Now we should all have even more appreciation for Toto! Ever thought about creating a book of all episodes?

Toto fan
By: Julien Brakepad
Wed, 12/23/2009 - 11:17am

As a cycling-obsessed graphic designer, I appreciate more than than most readers (yes, I am assuming most people think you can magically make Toto look "pretty") the amount of time and talent you put into each Toto. And really, really funny to boot. Thanks for sharing your creativity and insight with your readers. Happy holidays and best wishes for the new year!

Thanks. It usually takes
By: Andy Shen
Wed, 12/23/2009 - 10:44am

Thanks. It usually takes about 2 hours, depending on how euro the hair is.

neat stuff
By: Lorenzo Rivnut
Wed, 12/23/2009 - 10:36am

I have to admit I was one of the folks who thought it was just some fancy filter. Just goes to show your talent is not just behind the camera. It's not as easy as it looks. How long does it take you to do a drawing?

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