Sunday, October 4, 2015

#INKtober 2015 No.2: Toadasaurus Rex

Continuing with Inktober and my wacky creature/monster theme: The Toadasaurus Rex.

Had this idea in my head for some time now. The dinosaur character still needs more tweaking - but for now, it's good enough to play around with for Inktober. I picture this little guy snapping and leaping around at prehistoric house flies.
Inktober 2015 image #2. created with a LePen fine point permanent marker (w/some digital coloring.)

Saturday, October 3, 2015

#INKtober 2015 No.1: Normal-Size Foot

There is an event ever year called Inktober where illustrators draw inked images daily for the entire month of October and share them online. I'm going to try it this year since it not only looks fun but it's also a great way to hone and practice my drawing skills.

Since it is the "Halloween" month, I'm going to also try to and keep all of these images as funny monsters. It is the busiest time of the year for me, so we'll see how it goes.

#1. Average-Size Foot: The idea of this character goes back to my childhood when UFOs, sharks attacks and unexplained mysteries were all the rage. The basis of this character was from one simple question: Would the public still have an interest in such a creature if his foot size was the same as the average man?
Inktober 2015 image #1. created with a "B" Faber-Castell brush pen
Added a bit of Liquid Ink coloring

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Daily Quick Sketch: Birthday Bee

This is a sketch of a custom birthday card I made for my wife's birthday a few years ago. I decided to shade the pencil sketch with gray Copic markers. I find coloring with alcohol-based markers allows more control on how and where the color goes on the papaer.

Digitally color version using Photoshop's Hue/Saturation sliders to change the coloring

The biggest problem I have using marker is . . . once the color is on the paper, you're pretty much stuck with the results you get. Most water-based/ink markers tend to color too dark, bold or over-power to the line work. The solution I found to this problem was to use alcohol-based markers, (such as Copic.) Alcohol-based inks give far more control when coloring with markers.

The original pencil sketch that has been colored and shaded using gray markers

It does this in two ways:

1.) Alcohol based ink spreads more evenly, which eliminates the streaks, white gaps or darkened lines usually seen with water/ink based markers. The end result is a smooth and even texture with a slight watercolor look.

2.) Alcohol based markers allow you to build up to darker tones by simply going over the same areas with the same marker. This is a gradual build up too, allowing a lot of control with shading and highlighting.

It's important to use the proper paper. Some papers absorb ink too quickly which doesn't allow the proper even spread. Marker Paper or Mixed Media will usually give the best results.

Saturday, September 5, 2015

Character Development: Prince Mudslide

This is another character, part of the Molten People living underground. He is Prince Mudslide, son of King Mudsok.

UPDATE: Added some digital color tones.

Updated digitally colored version, using Photoshop.

Mudslide is very lovable, gentle and simple minded soul. He's amazed at the upper world and desperately wants to learn . . . but like most Molten People, it takes him a very long time to learn new things. He is the only child of King Mudsok. The king loves his son dearly, but worries for his people that Mudslide will not be ready to take his place when the time comes.

A scan of the original pencil sketch, colored and shaded using Cool Gray Copic markers.

Monday, August 17, 2015

Daily Quick Sketch: Mean Pig with Banjo

I started sketching this long ago, to be submitted to the Dueling Banjo Pigs' website. But I never got around to coloring or submitting this image to the site. (Another banjo pig image I created awhile ago was colored and sent to the website instead.)
Grumpy ol' pig not having a good day, drawn with a pencil and shaded with a Copic gray marker C3

I shaded the pencil drawing with a copic gray marker while on vacation. This was done while lying on the beach. The great thing about Copic markers is how you can layer, creating darker shades from the same color marker. It also blends so cleanly that you can't really detect any marker strokes. 

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Character Development: Subconscious design

I'm often asked where I get my ideas and characters.
The honest truth is usually subconsciously.

I find that I often dream up stories and wake with the ideas floating in my head. The idea is never complete in full detail, that takes time. But if the thought is strong enough, it's often the kickstarter into a much bigger well-rounded story.

An example would be how I recently woke up with a idea for a story. I could envision how the story flows and ends and list all the characters needed. In this particular tale, a fox is one of two main characters needed, but I don't have the slightest idea of what the fox character should look like.

I find that I start to subconsciously doodle, sometimes on a pad, worksheet or in this case . . . sticky notes. This doesn't mean I'm half-asleep while I doodle, it simply describes the zen-like state of just letting the pencil wander without focus. I don't know what is going to appear on the paper when I'm done, but I collect the results and use that as reference to create the final image. In a way, I'm creating my own line-up of character references to pick and choose what I like and dislike.

Subconsciously designing and feeling out a character through doodling on sticky notes

The beginning sketches are usually very light pencilling, nothing really definite in form. Just feeling around for features that will make the character be instantly recognized as a likable fox. As time goes by, the features start to appear more defined and the pencilling gets stronger and darker. Finally, the character is slowly forming to a point that I can visualize it in my head - I quickly transfer that image to paper.

It's safe for me to say I dislike all of the rough sketch characters (seen on the left above), which causes me to continue until I finally reach the look that satisfies me. This isn't always 100% foolproof for developing characters -- it's a constant hit or miss. There are still characters I try to develop that have taken years -- AND several that still haunt me because I never reached a point of satisfaction.

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Character Development: King Mudsok

It's been awhile since I've posted anything here. Been struggling with work lately, but I always have doodles and sketches that I gather from time to time.

Blue pencil and inked character design of King Mudsok, the beloved leader of the Molten People.

This one is a character I have been developing for a humorous story that takes place underground. His name is King Mudsok. Not sure where I got the name, but it popped into my head as soon as I finished drawing him. He is the king of the Molten People, a tribe that is at war with the Mucklugs, (a tribe of underground plant people.)

I see his character as being one who intimidates those who meet him. His voice is deep and rough and his size is pretty impressive. He speaks with a loud aggressive tone that vibrates the surrounding area. But underneath all that tough persona lies a very emotional, loving and caring soul. He really is a softie -- made of stone.

King Mudsok is a part of one of my many children's book stories for my "Timmons and the Lumpy Bumpy Monster" series. I'll try to find the Mucklug leader, Zoobi-Dang and post it when I can.

Friday, May 29, 2015

Illustration Friday: Ninja Mummy

Illustration Friday: Every Friday a word is given on the website, Artists and illustrators then submit an image that represents that word all during the week.
This week's word: MONSTER

This is a word of the week that I can really enjoy! So many monsters!

This was a sketch I had originally created around Halloween 2014. It was going to be an ordinary dancing mummy, but I stopped drawing it after doing the top half of it's body and put it aside for several days.

When I went back to finishing the sketch, I saw the character in a new light. The pose looked more like a martial artist stance, so I started to give the dancing mummy some ninja clothing.

The Ninja Mummy fighting in a sand storm

I started to imagine how this character would animate since its a contradiction of two movement styles:
A.) the fluidly smooth, silent and quick reflexes of a ninja, mixed with
B.) the awkwardly slow, stumbling and limbering motions of a mummy.
Merging the two styles, I'd picture he'd be a quick and skilled martial artist, but he would often spastically twitch uncontrollably, groaning and create nontraditional (but humorous) fighting poses.

The original pencil sketch that was going to be a dancing mummy . . .

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Doodle: Lil' Batman on Yellow Sticky Note

Been awhile since I posted anything, haven't been drawing much for some time. But I do have many doodles around my desks.

Doodles are images that I simply draw without thinking, as if my subconscious mind has taken over and the pencil just moves. Most doodles are done while I'm working . . . part of the creative process I guess.

Here's one of a tiny stubby Batman . . .

Batman pencil doodle on a traditional yellow sticky note

Friday, April 10, 2015

Illustration Friday: Warrior (aka Sir B' Gok!)

Illustration Friday: Every Friday a word is given on the website, Artists and illustrators then submit an image that represents that word all during the week.
This week's word: Warrior

The chicken warrior known as Sir B'Gok, created in ArtRage Pro

Thought Process:
Through word association, the word "warrior" instantly reminds me of bravery. This in turn makes me think how a true warrior would never run away from any fight.
Such a warrior would never be . . . a chicken. This gave me the idea to make a "chicken" warrior.

The original pencil sketch of Sir B' Gok