something is up with those tranquilizer darts
something is up with those tranquilizer darts
revolver ocelet playing the angles in today’s inktober
It seems crazy but we’re about halfway through Inktober already…
Today’s drawing features Sniper Wolf from Metal Gear Solid.
(It’s probably not clear, but she’s got Snake in her sights.)
Had to use the bamboo brush and take-sumi ink, which I use for my fountain pen, for this piece because i forgot my usual gear. (This ink isn’t waterproof so no wash today. I was afraid when I added the wash, my ink lines wouldn’t hold up.)
Since I wasn’t using my usual brush, I tried to get the pencil underdrawing as clear as possible before I put any ink down. I didn’t want to be having to ‘find’ the drawing with an unfamiliar brush.
one of the stranger threats in a bonkers game, mgs2, was the ‘fatman.’ he was a master bomb builder who also wore roller blades and kind of looked like uncle fester
here’s some process shots from sketch to first ink lines to final wash
I can’t decide if I should’ve added the ink wash or not
anyway. inktober metal gear continues. day 13. guarded.
And that’s not a cake floating out there. It’s a ration. They float in the mgs games.
I haven’t played Metal Gear Solid V, so I can’t say for sure that there is not a whale suit in the game.
inktober 2018 celebration continues in metal gear land.
i think this image would work great for any of the 3 new yorker captions that works on every cartoon.
metal gear solid 3 has maybe the most beautiful (and sad) boss battle in video games
update: i did an ink wash but i don’t think i like it as much:
To my knowledge, there’s no ‘One Ring’ in the Metal Gear franchise…
metal gear solid 2 introduced the idea of having to deal with the enemy guards you’d incapacitated. You had to drag around the guards, hide them in alcoves, or stuff them in lockers so fellow guards wouldn’t stumble upon them and your presence wouldn’t be detected.
After using a wash in yesterday’s sketch, I decided to try it out here today. I’m digging the results.
And here’s the original sketch.
In Metal Gear 4, Snake is an old man, exhausted by years on the battlefield.
He wears a sneaking suit that helps him blend in, octopuslike, with his environment.
I try to convey that effect with a little ink wash. I’m not quite successful, but the effect is interesting, nonetheless.
As a little bonus, here’s the preliminary drawings.
First the pencil sketch, than the inks.
Today’s inktober 2018 prompt, drooling.
If you’re not familiar with the Metal Gear video games, one of the ways you can bypass enemy guards is to drop magazines as a distraction, allowing Snake to sneak by undetected.
(I don’t remember any magazines in the original Metal Gear Solid, but the guards also had full face masks, but how would I show him drooling through his mask? So liberties have been taken. Liberties!)
(Also, you can catch a glimpse of one of the previous versions I did towards the bottom of the photo. You can also see a light drawing of another previous version with a close up of the guard still there on the wall.
I haven’t played Metal Gear Solid 5 so I don’t know if there’s a chicken suit in there or not.
But I’d like to think there is.
inktober 2018 day 4: spell
metal gear solid. meryl is under the spell of foxhound’s resident psychic
this one could really use a background. maybe i’ll go back in sometime this month and fill it in
on day 3 of inktober, you get 3 drawings. this trend will not continue.
one of the antagonists in metal gear 3 is the fury, a cosmonaut obsessed with flame.
mgs 3 also features a survival element, where living off the jungle may help your character, snake, complete his mission
those elements combined.
if you look closely you can see abandoned underdrawings in the first two sketches
Inktober 2018 continues with Metal Gear Solid 2.
Metal Gear Solid was already a strange game, but Hideo Kojima’s Metal Gear Solid 2 was completely bonkers, and great.
Today’s prompt: tranquil.
Shaking off the inking dust with Day 1 of Inktober.
Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater takes place in the jungle. And if you eat a spoiled ration you can get food poisoning.
gearing up for inktober 2018
tour inktobers past:
2017: I got serious, busted out a brush pen, i followed jake parker’s official prompt list, but did them within the Sherlock Holmes universe, managing an ink drawing every day of the month
2016: I only managed 1 ink drawing during 2016’s inktober
2015:featured a few drawings
2014: I managed half a dozen ink drawings
this year, I’ll once again be using jake parker’s official prompt list, this time in the world of…well, you’ll just have to wait until tomorrow to find out… since i’m not 100% sure what I’m doing yet. The day before I need to start…I know, I know…
new steps strip up in full watercolor (and pencil)
i’ve been studying hayao miyazaki’s storyboards and concept art, and dustin nguyen’s work on ‘lil gotham’ and ‘descender’ in hopes of elevating my watercolor game
new steps strip is up
i’m not in love with the inks
they feel too harsh
maybe i just need to work larger
maybe i just need to use pencil instead of ink
maybe i need to get better with the paints so i can avoid the line work entirely
and i know the horizontal layout doesn’t work great on mobile
but i’m scared to ink and color them
working digitally i can screw up the colors on a separate layer and the drawing itself is still intact
same with inking
if i don’t place a dot of ink in just the right spot and just the right size i undo it
over and over and over again
until i get it right
its one of the reasons i’m more productive working digitally
its nice to not have to live very long with your mistakes –
no such luxury pushing watercolors and inks around in real life
i’m still struggling with the watercolors
and those first two poses were too similar
but it was a fun moment where little guy was all involved in painting one moment and then completely distracted the next
i mean, seriously, the best thing
in the journal is posted
it’s been awhile since i’ve done one of these
i did it in digital first
but then decided i need the practice so i drew it in ink and watercolor
as you can see i ran in to some lettering trouble in panel 2
updated the site logo
first i made this
but then i wanted the eyes to blink
so i made this
but then i wanted the animated logo to look more…animated
so i made this
now it’s probably too jiggly but i am tired