Saturday, October 26, 2019

Inktober 2019 - Hellboy

I love brown/sepia inks and I love Hellboy comics.  Turns out that they go great together. 

This is based on a panel by Duncan Fegrado from Hellboy: The Wild Hunt comic series.  The most recent Hellboy moveie was loosely* based upon.

                                Birmingham Ink Jonas Salk Serum Umber

*And I do mean loosely based upon.  I mean, it would be like doing all three Lord of the Rings books into a single, one hour and 45 min movie.  The collected graphic novel is over 500 pages long and culminates Mike Mignolo's nearly three decades of Hellboy stories that started with the first Hellboy comics from the early 90's.  Sheesh!

Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Inktober 2019 - Crocodile

I am often asked, what is the difference between a crocodile and a gator.*  Below is a crocodile with its tell tale V-shaped snout.  If it had been a gator, it would have a U-shaped snout and wearing several national title rings, duh.

          Pen & (Robert Oster Crocodile Green) ink etchr sketchbook

*only kidding, this never happens.

Saturday, October 19, 2019

Inktober 2019 - Greg's Bear

This painting of Greg's bear (not to confused with Greg Bear, author of Dinosaur Summer) was based on a photo from his front yard's animal cam.  His. Front. Yard. Animal. Cam!!!  Time to move, I say.  :-P

                            Watercolor in etchr sketchbook

I was going to give the bear crazy, glowing white (or yellow) eyes to demonstrate the tapetum lucidum, but decided not to do so.  He can be crazy all on his own.

Again, I love all the lovely effects of the granulating Lunar Black watercolor paint (Daniel Smith).

Saturday, October 12, 2019

Inktober 2019 - That darn camel

That darn camel stood perfectly still every time that I walked past him (three times at least). . that is until I decided to try and draw him.  And then that darn camel decided that he could not stand still. . .

                   Sacura Pigma Micron pen plus Stabilo Fineliner pen in an Etchr sketchbook

I tried twice to draw him when he appeared to be standing still. . .only to have that darn camel move once again.  Now it looks like his head is literally coming out of his @$$!  You cannot unsee it now, can you?

Le Sigh.

Rectumus Camelus in watercolor

The initial ink sketch using a Sakura Pigma Micron sepia waterproof marker

Hatch lines and shading using a Stabilo Point 88 Fineliner marker that produced the wonderful washes when exposed to a water brush.  I do kinda like the effect of the hatch work and almost stopped there.  Glad that I did not.

Saturday, October 05, 2019

Inktober 2019 - Neighbor's Tree

Okay, so the final picture might be more watercolor than ink drawing, but it still counts (see below).  

I return once again to my favorite subject and tree ('my neighbor's tree").  This time of year, the early morning light hitting the tree is just magnificent.  Unfortunately, I did not capture its ethereal contrast between light and darkness.  Oh well, I am sure I will paint/draw this again (it is the view I see from my easel). Drawn with the Stabilo Point 88 markers (#45 Brown).

Final mixed media: watercolor and ink

Initial ink sketch

Ink washes

And some watercolor washes

Friday, October 04, 2019

Inktober 2019 - Rumble

Another quick sketch based on a comic book cover.  This time it is the Image comic, Rumble by John Arcardi that tells the story of Rathraq. . Warrior. . .God. . .Scarecrow (really, it is wild ride of a book).  

The ink is Birmingham Ink's Jonas Salk Serum Umber drawn in the a Stillman & Birn hardcover.

Wednesday, October 02, 2019

Inktober 2019 - Wolverine

Going to try and post everyday in celebration of Inktober.  

Below is a quick drawing based on a cover by Steve McNiven.  I just love GC Murphy Tarnished Nickel ink (Birmingham Pen Co) for drawing.  It is so much more than a simple grey, with undertones of pink and purple.

Tuesday, October 01, 2019

Inktober 2019 - Mountains

The first of hopefully many Inktober post.

The far mountains were drawn with Robert Oster Sidney Lavender and the close up mountains were drawn in Robert Oster Purple Rock (I have a lot of purple inks).

                       Pen & Ink on 230 gsm 5.5x8.5 etchr sketchbook

I may repost this again after I paint the sky and add some trees in watercolor. . .maybe.