day 29: double
so here’s a little paper, rock, scissors between twin snakes; metal, and liquid
its hard to believe that this inktober is winding down already…
it’s been so much fun, and somehow, less stressful than
i don’t know if my results have been any better, but the schedule was easier to keep for some reason
hopefully i can keep it up because i’m going to head right in to
30 days of comics in november.
follow along so you only miss a post when i do
what’s in the box?
it’s a cardboard box!
very useful in the metal gear franchise
had no idea, but according to the metal gear wiki, raiden translates to ‘thunder and lightning’ or ‘thunder god’ in japanese… so today, a raiden sketch
day 26 stretch
forgot my waterproof ink so no washes today
drew snake’s left leg way too long in the sketch but corrected it on the inks
i may have mentioned this before,
once or twice, but i haven’t played mgs5 so i can’t say for sure that there isn’t a porcupine suit in the game.
and since this is the third one of these i’ve done, i guess this makes it a ‘running gag.’
i’ll just show myself out…
took a bunch of sketches to get here but here we are.
a little 4 panel action with raiden and a gekko from mgs4 for day 24: chop
update: maybe it helps to see this piece like this:
a sketch i didn’t ink.
a sketch i did ink but didn’t love.
a third one i just went ink on. no pencil sketch underneath. its pretty
im not crazy about any of them but…deadlines.
the fury and snake again from mgs3
we revisit the fury and snake from mgs3 and
to anyone with more inking experience than me: its getting increasingly difficult for my brush to keep a fine point, making it very frustrating to use – does that mean its time to get a new 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.
catch up on days 1 – 12 here
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.
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
browse all of my inktober 2018 drawings so far
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.
Decided to apply
Jake Parker’s official Inktober 2018 prompts list with the world of Metal Gear Solid, my favorite video game franchise.
Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater takes place in the jungle. And if you eat a spoiled ration you can get food poisoning.
new steps strip is up
go take a look
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 it works great on instagram
a new comic
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
here’s a look at the first version of
yesterday’s steps strip
i hated it when i got done with it
the son character was too difficult to distinguish from the background
i tried a lot of different things to get the background to ‘fade back’
first i tried erasing it (you can see where the paper tore and i had to repair it with tape)
then i painted over it with white watercolor
the strip really looked like a mess to me, and i couldnt stand the sight of it, so i decided to redo it
i’m glad i did, because the second ‘published’ version fits in to the look of the other steps strips better
but now i love the look of the first version (how did that happen?)
i love the messiness – it could be a good look for a future project
here’s a look at the strip earlier in the process
looking at it now, i realize that this would have worked too
all i really needed to do was darken the kid to separate him from the tv and tv stand
i think i panicked while working and fumbling with the watercolors
one of the things i need to do better is remember to slow down while i’m working