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inktober retrospective

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turns out watson was irene adler the whole time. day 31 ‘masks’ alternate drawing

 

Inktober is over. Time to look back through the month and see what I can do better.

The Bad

Brush pen skills didn’t really improve over the course of the the month, but my confidence in using them did.

The first day may have had some of the best linework. I like the delicate line that my timidity with the brush pen gave me, but as my confidence grew over the course of the month I was soon just slapping down the ink.

Day 2 was one of my lowest points in inktober. Watson’s gesture is so stiff and awkward and his arms are too long.

Day 14 was a missed opportunity. The original idea was to recreate the cabinet photograph of Irene Adler that Sherlock took as payment for working on the case, but the result is boring. My idea was that Irene Adler (I found inspiration in photos of Helena Bonham Carter, which you can see more of in the above sketch), was fierce, and I did nothing to capture that fierceness.

The Good

A shift occurred for me on day 4. I spent more time designing the page, using the shape of the paper to help tell the story. Black areas became vital. Day 20 took those ideas to an extreme and was a lot of fun from a design standpoint.

Day 5 and 7 were strong, but 6 is one of my favorites. The design just works. It is one of the few Inktober 2017 drawings I am proud of. It also freed me up imagination-wise. If Sherlock Holmes could find the Sword in the Stone, why couldn’t he also deal with Martians or giant robots?

 

Day 11 and 12 aren’t great drawings, but I felt like they do capture the poses.

Attempting a Robert Downey Jr/Guy Ritchie inspired Basil of Baker St on day 26 had me paying closer attention to costume design and attempting to capture some of those textures helped give the drawing some richness, and it was the last drawing of the month that I felt great about.

Though I’ve done inktobers in the past, this was the first inktober that I managed to do a drawing every day, and it made all the difference. Having a daily deadline forced me to do the drawing rather than worrying about doing the drawing. Maybe that’s the most important thing.

inktober day 12 shattered

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still catching up.

Here’s a couple of earlier ones I did, but didn’t make the cut. (Including a continuation of sorts from day 10 gigantic.

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I’m working from jake parker‘s official inktober 2017 prompt list, but Sherlock Holmes themed.

day 11 run

day 10 gigantic

day 9 screech

day 8 crooked

day 7 shy

day 6 sword

day 5 long

day 4 underwater

day 3 poison

day 2 divided

day 1 swift

twin peaks livedoodle continues

with season1 episode 4 aka episode 3 aka rest in pain

notes:

  • First mention of the bookhouse boys
  • Miguel ferrer is so good
  • First appearance of Laura Palmer lookalike cousin Madeline
  • first appearance of the soap opera within twin peaks on tv?

 

Previously on Twin Peaks: The Livedoodles:

3 aka episode 2 aka zen, or the skill to catch a killer

2 aka episode 1 aka traces to nowhere

1 pilot aka northwest passage

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Season 1 episode 2, aka “Episode 1“, also known as “Traces to Nowhere

Notes

  • What’s up with him hanging upside down? What is that good for?
  • can’t get over agent cooper’s dialogue. So good.
  • I don’t remember this much black and white and red in the costumes and set design in the pilot

UPDATE: It wasn’t just my imagination. There was a lot of red in this episode. From the wikipedia entry for this episode:

“He (director Duwayne Dunham) also continued the use of a “warm” reddish tint to the footage, using soft coral filters and carefully selected props and costumes to obtain this coloring.[16] This tint was considered important enough that Lynch sent a representative to the network to ensure they understood it was deliberate and not a mistake, for fear that they might correct the saturation to be more “realistic” before broadcasting it.[17]”

 

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