I’ve been inconsistent on posting to this blog, but that doesn’t mean I haven’t been drawing! For the New Year I gave myself a Sketch A Day challenge in 2014. I’ve done this in years past, with varying degrees of success, but it’s one of those things that I really think is more about the effort than the goal.
Anyways, I’ve actually done pretty good so far, and haven’t missed a day in my first couple months. I owe a lot of this to my decision to not overthink it this time around. Anything that is drawing can count, be it quick doodle or comic page or full fledged solo illustration. I’ve started a Tumblr to document this effort, in addition to being a quick post blog. So if you’re wanting to get an art fix or check in on what I’ve been up to, that might be a good place to start!
Here are a couple quick ones from my sketchbook.
First was a page full of random critters I penciled in, but upon inking I felt that I had left too much empty space, so I added a bunch. Repeat that process several times, and voila!
In a similar vein, I decided to fill a page with dwarves, just sticking them in however would best fit the page. Didn’t intend to give them so much individuality at first, but I’m pleasantly surprised with the results. I think there is a good bit of subconcious Hobbit enthusiasm leaking out in this.
Both were done with some basic finepoint pens, and I made a distinct effort to try to keep my line widths uniform, and just build depth with hatching. Worked out alright, I think.
I recently started building up my sketch card reserve (in preparation for Omnicon, more on that some other time) with some quickie pencil sketches that I later use as inking warmups.
Most are just random monsters and whats-its, but somewhere along the way I got on a kick of doing Mario bad guys. What made it extra fun was doing them very impulsively, in my own personal style, and completely as I remembered them, without reference material (well, except on the Lakitu, I just couldn’t get a resemblance on his face without checking how those glasses looked:)
I think they turned out pretty cool. If any catch your eye, well, you might want to mark your calendar for Omnicon, March 17th &18th …
As a fervent fan of the festive spirit, I recently picked up a cool little mini-evergreen, live and all, to spruce up my home (alliteration AND puns? oh my!). And to make it extra cool, I handmade a bunch of ornaments, with the valued aid of Allison. I did goofy quick sketches on the fronts, and she did cool paint-pen abstracts on the back. I’m pretty happy with our results!
It was a ton of fun making these, not just due to the company, but also because lately I seem to find less and less time to make funny drawings, without thought toward their longterm application. It was also a bit challenging, since I rarely let myself work entirely with ink, and no pencil or pre-sketch safety net. Some are better than others, but they were all enjoyable. All in all, a grand time.
Placing that last ornament.
Enjoy your Decembers, make them fun!