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inktober day 15 legend

inktober and linktober 2019 continue with day 15: legend.

inktober day 15. legend. in which link does some stuff

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

inktober day 12 dragon

inktober and linktober 2019 continue with day 12: dragon

inktober. day 12. dragon. in which link does some climbing

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…

inktober and linktober day 9 swing

inktober and linktober 2019 continue with day 9: swing

(i know it’s the 10th. i’m behind.)

inktober and linktober 2019 continue with day 9: swing

i also did a digital color version

lately i’ve been doing the sketch digitally, and inking over that

here’s the sketch

inktober. day 9. swing. 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

inktober. day 9. swing. ink. and watercolors. but ugh.

inktober and linktober 2019 continue with day 8 – frail

inktober and linktober 2019 continue with day 8: frail

inktober 2019. day 8. frail. forgot to ink in her boots, and squandered link's pose in panel 2, but this effort felt much stronger than day 7's.

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 6 – husky

yes that is a sports clips coupon in the featured image. and no they are not a sponsor. but since my barber retired and then died, that is where i get my hair cut

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

inktober and linktober 2019 continue with day 4: freeze

inktober 2019. day 4. freeze. link faces the frozen wrath of a freezor. did he come prepared? panel 1: link shelters behind his shield as a large freezor unleashes a blizzard of snow and ice. panel 2: link politely gestures for a brief timeout. panel 3: confused, the freezor watches link, tongue out in concentration, dig in his satchel. panel 4: freezor breaks the fourth wall, deadpanning for the reader while link now stands at the ready in furry snow suit and goggles. trivia: can you spot what link is missing in panel 3?

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

inktober 2019 – day 3 – bait

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

inktober 2019. day 3. bait

even more importantly, when posting my comic to instagram yesterday, i discovered that linktober was already a thing!

you can follow linktober on instagram or visit them at their website

and here’s the digitally cleaned up version of today’s comic, where you can quickly breeze through all of my linktober 2019s so far

linktober continues – inktober 2019 day 2: mindless

linktober continues. inktober day 2 official prompt: mindless

linktober continues

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

i know, i know. i forgot to color his hair pink. i also have no idea what happened to link's shield.

now it can be yours

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’?)

inktober 2019 is here

inktober 2019. day one. ring

jake parker’s inktober 2019 is here!

and i’m pretty excited because i’m adding a few wrinkles to make the challenge of doing an inked drawing every day even more challenging for me

here’s the deal, coming at you in 4 parts:

inktober 2019 part 1: the theme

if you’ve been following the blog the past few days, you’ll have noted that i’ve been playing the super nintendo game, ‘link to the past’ for a few minutes before bed

i decided that this year my inktober theme would be zelda, so that i could count playing video games as research:)

once again, i’m using jake parker’s official prompt list as my jumping off point. this time in the world of zelda. Day 1 is ‘ring.’

part 2: 4 panels

to further raise the stakes in 2019, i’ve decided to do a 4 panel inked comic every day

part 3: color

and to raise the stakes even further i’ve decided to clean the comics up digitally, add a little color, and post them so you can read them straight through.

i’m calling this year’s legend of zelda themed inktober: Linktober

inktober 2019 part 4: shop

I’ll be selling the original strips in the store. They’re done on 9 inch x 12 inch bristol board.

Free inkstains with every drawing.

buy it now

And if that’s not enough inktobering for you, feel free to visitinktobers of years past.

2018 metal gear solid themed inktober

2017 sherlock holmes themed inktober