Thursday, October 4, 2018

Inktober 2018 - Day 04: SPELL

Inktober 2018 - Day 04 SPELL.
I like really stepping out of the norm, and here's a great example.
(Don't think you're going to find many other dancing vampires for today's Inktober.)

Inked with brush pen and then added type and background in Photoshop

I was originally going to submit only my hand-drawn images for Inktober 2018. But now, several days into this, I'm going to go back to the digital format that I used for the past few Inktobers.
Blog Bonus: Floater image of the character
I'm basically using a font to help create a cleaner and consistent look instead of my handwriting. To me, it looks and reads better.
Original pencil sketch

The original inspiration for this image was from an envelope with my doodles on the back

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Inktober 2018 - Day 03: Roasted

My quickie image for Inktober2018 for Day03 for prompted word: ROASTED

Thought Process: I'm cheating a little. The prompt word immediately made me think of an image I did several months ago of a coffee mug design for my wife.

I wasn't happy with the way the mug came out, and my wife would often ask, "Is that supposed to be me?" I believe it was the way I drew it, and google eyes, and the blank stare that didn't make me completely thrilled with the original final image. So here's a revision of that image.
Revision of the coffee mug design I did for my wife. LINK HERE

How different pens create different images

Someone wrote to me asking why I sometimes mention what pens I'm using for different illustrations. What you use often makes a significant difference in how your final image will look.

Below the middle image shows the original pencil sketch for my Day 01 Inktober 2018 entry. Note the difference of the outer two images on the left and right.

Showing how different brush pens can change the look of a drawing. Click on the image to see a larger version.

The left image is more detailed with finer lines because there was a harder point on that brush pen. So that inspires adding more tighter lines for shading and details. The image on the right was drawn with a softer brush tip, which makes it easier to create the flowing and thicker lines. That pen inspired me to use fewer lines and a simpler iconic look. The end results are quite different even though they were both based on the same pencil sketch.

The quick answer to that original question above:
By mentioning the items used to create an image, allows others to know how they could get similar results by using the same product(s).

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Inktober 2018 - Day 02: Tranquil

My quickie image for Inktober2018 for Day02 for prompted word: Tranquil.

Thought Process: 
The word tranquil makes me think of quiet lakes and still waters. But there's always something in the water creating ripples... like water striders (aka water bugs.)
This is the digitally polished version of the drawing; following the style I used for past Inktober images
I've always found these bugs to be interesting, gliding along the surface tension of the water. Wondering what would make them break the surface tension -- I came up with this cartoon.
The original submitted drawing for Inktober 2018 Day02 TRANQUIL

Monday, October 1, 2018

Inktober 2018 - Day 01: Poison

My quickie image for Inktober2018 for Day 01 for prompted word: Poison.
Thought Process:
I basically thought of a poison bottle. That's it.
Also posted a real-time video of drawing this image on IGTV. About 6+ minutes long. LINK
The first ink sketch for #Inktober2018 (following the prompt list of daily words.)

Sunday, September 30, 2018

Inktober 2018: Arnie McGeddon Update

I have been gearing up for Inktober as mentioned previously. The plan is to do the letter-a-day/alphabet with this character Arnie McGeddon, but I'm still ironing out his look. It's getting there.

Arnie McGeddon, the latest version of the character
I plan to do all images on toned tan paper as seen above, using black brush pens and white pens for highlighting. I've got my ideas and the entire alphabet down on paper. Hopefully, this will all start happening around the end of the first week into Inktober 2018.

Arnie and the pens and paper I will use for his 26 Alphabet pages

Saturday, September 22, 2018

Daily Quick Sketch: Arnie McGeddon

With October approaching, been thinking a lot about what I want to do for Inktober 2018. Last year, in the final week I did several images of a cat character. I like the idea of doing something consistent, instead of a daily random drawing.


My idea is to do an alphabet book for adults using this character. So each day I'll be going through the alphabet, having Arnie interact with each letter of the day.


Saturday, September 15, 2018

Daily Quick Sketch: Burrito VS Taco! (1 of 2)

Funny how inspiration works. One of my favorite Facebook people is Jason Curtis, a cartoonist with a true sense of humor, original wit, and a fantastic simple style. I dislike Facebook, but Jason is one of the few reasons I check in once in a while.

Long story short: Jason did a cartoon one day which had the punch-line asking who would win in a match between a Burrito and a Taco. Somehow that cartoon was in my head when I was trying to sleep, I pictured what that match would look like. So, since I was awake, I drew the two characters.
In this corner, wearing red trucks that are WAY too high up his body -- The Beefy Burrito! 

The original inking of the Burrito character, using a Kuretake ZIG brush pen.
The original pencil sketch

Friday, September 14, 2018

Daily Quick Sketch: Burrito VS Taco! (2 of 2)

Here is the Taco character. I felt burrito would be a heavyweight boxer, while poor old Taco would a more frail character.
And in this corner, a simple shell of a man, it is --The Crisp and Breakable Taco!

The original inking of the Taco character, using a Kuretake ZIG brush pen.

The original pencil sketch