sam kieth inspired hulk sketchbook drawing
maybe it’s better in black and white?
sam kieth inspired hulk sketchbook drawing
maybe it’s better in black and white?
unlimited wonder comics lab january challenge continues with day 9 prompt: shark
i’m running with a theme i established on day 1 of this challenge
here’s a look at the pencils:
my pencils continue to be better than my inks…
and i don’t have any ideas yet for the next prompt: unknown…
unlimited wonder comics lab january challenge continues with day 8 prompt: pajamas
i think the only panel here that i love is panel 4 with the bat – signal. the rest are just ok.
inking is hard. i want to keep my ink lines loose and energetic, but inking seems to demand precision.
maybe tomorrow’s will be a little better
day 5 prompt from unlimited wonder comics lab: sports
learning to use a brush with some pretty mixed results i think.
there’s a lot of terrible drawings in this one, but i think it adds up to…something…
combined days 2 & 4 of the unlimited wonder comics lab january prompt list into today’s strip.
full disclosure: i’ve never seen the harry potter movies. and only read the first book
day 3 prompt: lava
i struggled with the inking of this one. and i don’t feel like i really did the lava justice
here’s the pencils
unlimited wonder comics is presenting a series of prompts for the month.
day 1 prompt: moose
A quick search of ‘wisp’ in Memory Alpha turned up…not much.
Full disclosure: I’ve never seen an episode of Enterprise.
I loved the design of the Wisp Ship, so hopefully I did it justice for all of you Star Trek ship-ophiles (probably not a real word) out there.
Unfortunately there wasn’t much for reference the exterior since the crew seems to spend most of the episode inside the ship.
You can visit (or revisit) my Zelda themed Inktober 2019, where I did some strong work but ran out of steam and time halfway during the month. In 2018 I completed a Metal Gear themed Inktober, and 2017 was my first themed Inktober featuring the world’s greatest detective.
drew this while watching ‘one planet’ on netflix.
trying to get faster (and looser, obviously) with watercolor so i’m going to keep doing more of these tv sketches and keep dropping my standards
(tv sketch definition: sketch done while the tv is on)
For the last week or so, Little Guy and I have been drawing with Wendy Mac before bedtime.
This was my peacock drawing from yesterday, made with crayon and ink.
Little Guy likes to grab a few bowls or pots and pans and some ingredients and ‘cook’ at the kitchen table. (Last time he did this, he said, ‘I need to cook this now, and slid the pan underneath the table, just like putting it in the oven.)
Saturday he made oatmeal soup. in the sketch above he’s getting ready to test it. he’s way more optimistic than i was about his dish.
Here’s the recipe, near as I could tell:
I think he and I both agreed that pretending to eat it was more delicious than actually eating it.
not sure why.
see for yourself
and drawing ornithopters and sandworms…
dune’s been on my to read list for awhile now
i expected it to be a slog, but it’s not. it really moves
the first chapter throws a lot at you, but after that it goes non-stop
star wars owes so much to dune, but elements of the novel seem to pop up a lot in other, unexpected areas of pop culture as well
(i’m thinking of metal gear solid’s sneak suit and skull suit owe a lot to the stillsuit of dune)
but maybe even more interesting than the influence of dune, are the influences on dune
i can’t wait to dig in there
i know so little about frank herbert, but he must have been off – the – charts brilliant
no one asked for chubby batman
but here it is anyways
as you probably noticed i’m behind. and skipping around.
inspiration for the giant book that link consults is the lindsfarne bible, which i’d never heard of before doing the research for this strip.
this is the first day this year that i used a wash.
i got lazy and tired this strip. it shows in the final two panels
made some changes to the way i worked on today’s inktober and it really helped.
the final piece looks more like i imagined.
here’s how it went down. (if you find this sort of thing just mindnumbingly boring, here’s the color version, colored digitally, of today’s piece
here is the initial sketch
then i hunted down a bunch of reference of alex honnold climbing el capitan
i didn’t really use any one image in particular, but it helped me refine my early sketches
for the dragon’s pose i just did an image search for sleeping dogs.
all of that reference helped me refine the drawing and make it more convincing…
i think the sketch, done digitally, has a lot more energy than the final inks.
the biggest change to my work came in the next step.
i haven’t been happy with my inking at all, this inktober, so i decided to draw bigger. i’ve been watching a lot of cartoonist kayfabe lately and somewhere in there ed piskor said ‘pencil small and ink big.’
i’ve been drawing each panel at 4 x 4 inches all inktober. last night i decided to go bigger.
i resized the panels to be 5 x 5 inch and worked on 11 x 14 inch bristol instead of 9 x 12 inch bristol
inking at the larger size made all the difference for me.
i was able to vary the line weight more than in every previous inktober. it took way longer to work, but it was worth it.
it felt like a breakthrough.
now i just have to do it again tonight…
i’m pulling a swerve and giving day 10 a miss because i have an idea for pattern that i need a little more time on.
so here’s today’s:
it works a lot better in color
the way i drew these snowflakes makes them look like potato chips, don’t you think? maybe i’m just hungry
(i know it’s the 10th. i’m behind.)
lately i’ve been doing the sketch digitally, and inking over that
here’s the sketch
my sketches are better than my inks, but i guess that’s the whole point of inktober, right?
i did splash some watercolors on the page
view the color version, where color reveals a little more information about one of our characters…
forgot to ink in her boots, and squandered link’s pose in panel 2, but this effort felt much stronger than day 7’s
the main thing i need to remember when working is just to slow down. all of the pressure is imagined…
inktober and linktober 2019 continue with day 7: enchanted
inktober and linktober 2019 continue with day 6: husky
as i continue to struggle with the drawing of day 5: build, i’m moving on to day 6. only a day late.
for all of you inktober purists out there, here’s today’s strip in glorious black and white
if you’d like to see the comic in majestic color, please click here
i think the gag is solid, but man, panel 3 was a lost oppotunity
i should have pushed the pose more
(hangs head in shame)
(shuffles solemnly back to the drawing table)
inktober and linktober 2019 continue with day 4: freeze
can you spot what link is missing in panel 3? seems like i forget to draw something every day.
i didn’t have any ideas going in to fit the the prompt, but i read about the freezors, and once i started getting the pencil moving the gag came to me
i’m a little more satisfied with the gestures today
i also realized i’ve been casting my little guy as link this whole time
i didn’t love link’s poses in yesterday’s comic, so today i tried to push them a little bit more – make them more natural
here is today’s comic with a little color
even more importantly, when posting my comic to instagram yesterday, i discovered that linktober was already a thing!
jake parker’s inktober 2019 official prompt: mindless
penciled this piece 2 days ago
felt less than confident about it
inked it late last night after my soccer game
hated it. told myself i’m going to throw it out in the morning
in the morning i looked at it again and accepted it. (after adding a lot of correction fluid)
added watercolors. felt better about it
but if the original is too pricey, you can check out the cleaned up, digitally colored version where i remembered to color link’s hair pink (WHY IS LINK’S HAIR PINK IN ‘LINK TO THE PAST’?)
doodled bones and kirk while watching star trek 3 the search for spock
hadn’t seen it in years (you can read my inauthentic haiku review on letterboxd where i’ve been writing inauthentic haiku reviews for the latest movies i’ve watched)
admittedly kirk in this doodle is a little more ‘wrath of khan’ than ‘search for spock’ (i love the ‘wrath of khan’ uniforms)
and man, shatner’s likeness is way more difficult to capture than deforest kelley’s. something about kirk’s posture in this sketch helped quite a bit
previous star trek mentions on screentone: