What I Learned Building beasts for Inktober

The Inktober build a beast challenge is over and I survived. It was a challenge for sure but I was always excited to dive into the next drawing. I found that if I could stay a little ahead, the pressure was off. It was manageable although some of my other projects lost a bit of attention. I was only able to ink a page and a half of The Pod and one small illustration. I was productive for sure but as always it never felt like enough. The creation is like a drug, a small fix is not enough and neither is a big one. It really says something about my personality.

What I learned was when the topic seemed hard or impossible I almost always surprised myself. As time went on It seems I tended to enjoy the looser drawings with lots of texture. My style would shift slightly depending on the monster that was chosen or perhaps due to the idea I had about where to take it. The more drawings I had under my belt the less daunting it became. I can see why a lot of artists lose their way or get behind during this challenge. Many follow their whims and if a new thing comes along it will always be more interesting, not to mention all the other life obligations. For me though It was either discipline, determination or just plain stubbornness that kept me on track. If I set my mind to something there will need to be a big obstacle to change my mind.

Another thing that I learned was creating a story in my head about the creature yielded better results. Forcing the mind to add little details to tell a story instead of just trying to create something cool. I’m definitely glad I did this and a little sad it’s over. One monster I didn’t randomly roll was Cthulhu and I am disappointed with that, so I think I’ll have to draw one this month. I have some ideas for a larger drawing we’ll just have to see where that goes. I don’t like every drawing I did but I do have some favorites. Perhaps I’ll make a zine of them in the future. Here are the rest of my creations for the month.

Inktober a Week in Review, is it Worth it?

Is it worth it? It’s too soon to tell but I’m digging it. So far I have kept on schedule with this challenge better than I anticipated. It seems the amount of rendering varies from day-to-day. My style seems to shift slightly depending on what I am drawing. The only real issue that I have lost some time working on my comic because of falling a little behind where I want to be on posts. I think a better use would have been an inked panel a day on The Pod, just to keep momentum on that project. Or maybe alternating between the two.

Although I wouldn’t have a collection of sweet monsters piling up if I did that. This way I do get to explore different aspects of my style and find things I like. So far that means spatters and textures, probably because over the last year I have been drawing in a relatively clean style to leave room for the painting. As you can see I’m a little torn and as fun as this is it is also exhausting. Depending on my workload I’m not sure if I would do this again, at least maybe not like this.

Here are this weeks’ creations.


The Build a beast challenge the Beginning…

It has begun, the Inktober Build a Beast challenge is underway. Although still too soon to determine its merits, Im happy so far. Knowing when to stop working on a drawing for me will be the key. Over rendering will surely be the death of this challenge. I decided that rolling dice would be better way to randomly choose creatures than picking out of a hat. Two 20 sided will work perfect with 39 possible options in each list. After it is impossible to roll a 1 with 2 dice.

The first roll was a Motorized Boogeyman.

Today’s is a Frozen Fairy.

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Build a Beast for Inktober

This year I’ve decided to try my hand at Inktober. For those who don’t know it is a month-long drawing challenge created by Jake Parker. The idea is to do a finished ink drawing for every day during the month of October in order to get better at inking.

I was talking with a friend and we developed a plan to do something a bit different. I’m calling it Build a Beast in honor of Halloween. The same inking rules apply the only the twist is you randomly select a monster from the list provided. Then randomly choose a descriptor from a second list and create a drawing based on the combination. Finally post your creation on instagram with the #buildabeast hashtag.

I have provided some extra options to make for more strange combinations and options if something doesn’t work for you. If anyone wants to join in feel free to add or remove any beasts or descriptors.

I look forward to seeing what people come up with.

Making Comics and a Few Thoughts on Trying New Things

My mind is always going and thinking of new things I haven’t tried yet. Working out strategies for things I’ve already done. Trying to make myself better in everything I do. While making comics or working on a project I always find ways to streamline my process. Something can always be done better. This is only natural, I want that to be there in all aspects of my self not just art creation. For example creating templates for custom youtube thumbnails or making a comic page layout template. These are some things I’ve already implemented.

What I would like to do is schedule regular social media and blog post updates. Set up passive revenue streams that run themselves. Finding these venues and discovering what they can do for me is the key. First I need to manage my time efficiently and not sabotage myself anymore. So I can finish more work and essentially have more to talk about.

Anyways, that’s just a little of what I’ve been thinking about lately. In this weeks’ art vlog I show some of my pencils and talk a bit more about these ideas.

I also have my comic Forever Green up on webtoons

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I’ve started an Art Vlog. Why read when you can watch?

vlog1I started a vlog on youtube to follow the progress on my graphic novel project. Why? You may ask. Well first of all, I have enjoyed making videos in the past. Also I think it will be a good way help me step out of my comfort zone and open up more. Being a naturally introverted person makes this a bit of a big deal for me. Although I’m confident that I can make it work. Finally, the last reason is that youtube is just one more way to get my art out into the world.

My graphic novel “The Pod” is the story of a soldier who is recruited by his father to commune with the gods to find an answer to their planets’ dying sun. Of course all hell breaks loose after that. As for the art, I plan on inking each page and the painting over them in acrylic. I want it to look like the painted comics of the 70’s, kind of like the work of Moebius or Richard Corben.

There are three episodes up already and hopefully many more to come. At the moment I am aiming for one episode a week but I don’t have a set schedule yet. I hope everyone will check it out, thanks.

I’m not dead, just busy….so busy

august 2016 094Disappeared? Lost? Dead? Nah just busy, so busy. I find it hard to prepare a blog post these days with so much of my time involved with family matters, work and all that day-to-day shit that makes me want to scream and run for the hills. Work on art or my blog, sorry blog I love you and all but, art was here first.

Recently, I checked back through my posts and saw that it has almost been 2 years since I finished the script for my graphic novel. Damn, It’s not that I have given up, far from it, I just haven’t posted anything. It is amazing how epic this project has become, I’ll be busy for years. The whole thing is thumb-nailed and laid out for me. I’ve still been pencilling pages on every break at work. 36 pages finished so far (that is all of chapter one and almost half of the second), and 3 are fully inked. Blue lines of at least 30 of those pages have been printed on bristol and are waiting to be inked.

The desire to work on this project has increased when I look back at the piles of pages I’ve burned through. I truly love having so much ready, it takes away any lull there would be when sitting at the art desk. No waiting for inspiration to strike or getting writers block. I can just dive in to the task at hand. If I do find myself stuck there is always another page to work on. No solution to for my problem, who cares move on to the next page. I can come back to it when I’ve thought of a solution.

There is light at the end of this tunnel, it just seems a bit longer than anticipated.