Saturday, November 7, 2015

INKvember #1!

INKvember #1: Gravity's Angel (redux)
9x12 technical pen on Stonehenge paper

Yeah, I know: 'INKvember' is sooo creative. But! - it's a continuation of INKtober, so why not?

I'm not after daily drawings this month; my goal is to create a handful of polished drawings. Subject matter will cover Brainsick, Legacy, KriMauTai, and more.

This is the look I need to continue developing. I love having pieces I can work on over the course of a few or several days. Something to unwind with after working retail!

For inspiration, I referred to Sergio Toppi's incomparable Sharaz-De: Tales from the Arabian Nights. I wanted to play with composition and negative space.

Original INKtober concepts.

Desk setup, plus Toppi's Sharaz-De.

Stippling: my former artsy arch-nemesis is now one of my greatest stress-reducers.

Original version followed by digitally-altered variations.

Monday, November 2, 2015

INKtober 2015, Day 31, Drawing 2!

INKtober 2015, Day 31 (2): Crimson Flare
5x7 Derwent Inktense and acrylic ink on watercolor paper

Derwent Inktense sketch compared to sketchbook page from last year.
Inktense lines with water added; acrylic ink for blood.

Drawn while listening to the following songs:

"After" - Moby
"Nothing's Impossible" - Depeche Mode
"Ode to the Bouncer" - Studio Killers (hahawhat)
"The Prisoner" - Tears For Fears
"Lost" - Haujobb
"The Dead of Night" - Depeche Mode
"Replicas" - Tubeway Army
"Lonely Soul" - UNKLE

Another experiment with Derwent Inktense and acrylic ink. The paper is made by Cottonwood Arts. I discovered the brand while browsing Muse Art & Design in inner SE Portland. I also picked up their D1 sketchbook; can't wait to begin working in it!

That's a wrap for INKtober 2015. But keep your eyes peeled; the ink won't stop here!

INktober 2015, Day 31, Drawing 1!

INktober 2015, Day 31 (1): Sire of Deception
5x7 acrylic ink on watercolor paper

Drawn while listening to "No Home Without Its Sire." and "Subway" by Peter Murphy, and "Self-Deception" by De/Vision.

I don't use 'sire' to misgender Anne. As my good friend Robert observed, "Anne has grasped male prerogatives because men are often admired for that behavior." She exudes aggressive power and confidence.

INKtober 2015, Day 30!

INKtober 2015, Day 30: With These Words I Can See
6x9 acrylic ink on watercolor paper

Sketchbook draft and first pass inks.
First pass completed with a dip pen (513EF nib). No pencil sketch.
First pass inks compared to sketch page drawn October 28, 2010.
Final version before I darkened Finch's eyes.

Title borrowed from Pink Floyd's "Wearing the Inside Out" - one of Finch's theme songs.

Finch has a coloboma in his left pupil; it's supposed to appear larger than the right. Although genetic, his probably worsened after an accident he survived as a teenager.

INKtober 2015, Day 28, Drawing 2!

INKtober 2015, Day 28 (2): Withdraw
5x8 Derwent Inktense on watercolor paper

I don't often draw Lily in the surreal, exaggerated humanoid poses I use for Paranoid. Time to fix that!

Finally used up an old pad of watercolor paper with my last few INKtober drawings.

INKtober 2015, Day 28, Drawing 1!

INKtober 2015, Day 28 (1): Lily in Marker and Brush Pen

5x8 Prismacolor marker and Pentel Color Brush on watercolor paper

A simple sketch of Lily. Too similar to one of last year's drawings, but I still like how it turned out.