Monday, October 31, 2011

Inktober Day 31

Happy Halloween! 

Well, we made it! A whole month of ink drawings. I have to thank Jake for his idea to make October "INKtober" and get me motivated and excited about creating some art. It was a great time and I hope the momentum continues for months to come.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Inktober Day 26

This one would be fun to color. Be sure to click for a closer look :)

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Inktober Day 22

The other day I purchased a "real" brush, as opposed to the brush pen I've been using. It's taking a little getting use to but I'm liking the feel of it.

Inktober Day 21

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Inktober Day 15

Inking Materials

Jake Parker listed some of the materials he uses for Inktober so I thought I'd share the ones I use.

I'm really enjoying the Prismacolor Assorted Marker set. It comes with pens ranging from a thin 005 to a thickness of 08, and it even includes a brush pen. The only problem with the brush pen is that the tip starts to wear out rather quickly. If you're handy with an x-acto knife you can trim the point.

I have an extra sepia brush pen that I've been trying out. I like the color of it. The Tuff Stuff Eraser Stick is great for erasing hard to reach detail areas where the kneaded eraser can't reach. When it comes to pencils, I use whatever I have lying around at the moment. If I make any mistakes inking, which happens, I use a standard whiteout pen that I've had for years.

Click the images for larger views.

I've been using Bristol 100LB Vellum and a standard black cover sketchbook. I don't recommend the sketchbook because the ink bleeds quite a bit on that paper. I like it because I can carry it with me anywhere I go. 

I use two clips to hold the pages of the sketchbook down flat. Otherwise, they either flap in the wind or create a paper bubble which makes inking difficult.

For the most part, I begin with a pencil sketch. Next, I transfer the drawing onto the Bristol vellum using a lightbox. Sometimes I dive right into inking over the sketch, and once finished, erase all of the pencil marks underneath.

I hope you enjoyed reading about my process and materials. 

Time to create my next Inktober drawing!!!

Friday, October 14, 2011

Inktober Day 14

Here's a little creature I cooked up.

I thought it'd be fun to do some photoshop tomfoolery and combine 2 ink drawings.
I kind of like the end result.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Inktober Day 13

I thought the drawing I did yesterday was lonely, so I made him an evil nemesis.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Inktober Day 12

I did my Inktober drawing today during lunch. I decided to dive right in and start inking with a brush pen.
No sketch. No study. No whiteout. Just the pen. I have to admit, it was frightening at first but extremely exciting.
Hope you like it!

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Inktober Day 9

Nothing says "Halloween" like dead vampires in space holding ray guns. Or maybe, just maybe, he isn't dead.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Inktober Day 5

Not feeling too well today so I just did a little quick sketch of a mech.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Inktober Day 4

One of my favorite movies when I was a kid was The Goonies. I loved all the gadgets, caves, treasure and pirates. One Eye Willy certainly creeped me out but he did have a certain mystery about him.

Here he is in his prime, ready to sail the high seas.

Monday, October 3, 2011

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Inktober Day 2

I was watching the new animated series ThunderCats the other day and was in shock at how good it was! I loved the old version when I was growing up and the new one is even better. I highly recommend it if you're into that sort of thing. You won't be disappointed.

Here's my inktober (fan art) drawing for day 2, my design based on the new Lion-O. Hope you like it!

I may go back into it later and spot some blacks. We'll see...

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Inktober Day 1

I'm really excited to start the month of October officially as "Inktober."  Jake Parker, artist extraordinaire, coined the phrase and does one ink drawing a day for the entire month of October. He's invited others to participate and I'm thrilled to give it a go.

Here's my first ink drawing to kick off the event. My take on a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle design: