Inktober Day 1

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Its Begins!

October is here and that means #Inktober 2016. I am aiming to do a drawing per day for the rest of the month. I have a brand new brown paper sketchbook to fill and my trusty micron pens along with some new brush pens – so lets do this!

 


Lupin the 3rd Sketch

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I’m a big fan of Lupin the 3rd (Lupin III) and I just finished watching the latest series (The Italian Game) and wanted to try sketching with a brush pen. I think I either need a finer brush pen or to make my sketches larger. But I like the idea so I might try making this as a finished painting.

 


Month of Love – Fantasy: Fern Heart

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Month of Love: Fantasy

“Fern Heart”

“The Oldest of all, the Queen of the Forest hid her heart

Under lock and blade, By frond and key”

From a very rough thumbnail this painting, along with her story developed very quickly. I found inking the tiny plant details very soothing.

 


Month of Love – Weapons: Eros, God of Love

Month of Love- Weapons :Eros, God of Love

Month of Love Challenge : Weapons

“Love is war: choose your Weapon.”

Eros, the winged Greek god of love, desire, embodies sexual power. Armed with golden bow and arrows he interferes with the lives of gods and mortals.


Month of Love – Heros : Princess Mononoke

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Joining in the “Month of Love” February weekly art challenges this year – Just scraping in to this weeks challenge “Heroes, Protagonists and Idols”.

To Hayao Miyazaki – one of my real life heros.

For my grandfather who I watched Princess Mononoke with for the 1st time as a child. He pretended not to be interested but sat and watched the whole thing.

And San as a great hero herself – strong, protective and loving.


Witchsona Sketch 2016

My Witchsona ( = witch persona) sketch for this year 🙂

I would totally wear bad-ass coats and boots with too many laces. Also featuring my beautiful black rescue kitten, Kuro 🙂

Witchsona 2016


More Drawings in 2016

The end of last year I was busily making plush toys for Christmas orders and working on on going freelance jobs. Without much of a break from work 2015 blended right into the start of 2016. And I’m happy about that – there was no creative lull or loss of momentum. At the start of January I made a list of priorities to tackle this year. I do this every year but this years list is far more focused thanks to the excellent advice from this article.

I also involved in a fantastic online course for Art Business – which is turning out to be just the help I need and filled with a wonderful group of artist.

One fairly important priority for 2016 for me is to do more traditional work. Digital has so many positives but I truly love working in pencil, ink and watercolor.  I convinced myself that digital was fast, easier (as in no set up/clean up, my computer and tablet are always right there waiting), less stressful (unlimited undos). But in actual fact tradition is more natural to me (its what I’ve done from the very beginning), therefore its faster and less stressful then working on a computer! And not having undo makes the work better – if I really mess up I start again from scratch and the piece is always better for having done it twice.

So with that in mind I bought some new paper and started drawing in ink again the quiet time over Christmas/New Years. Slightly missing white Christmases inspired this pin up girl.


Vampiress Comic

Silly experimental inked comic page inspired by José “Pepe” González ‘s Vampirella comic style. Micron pens on 300gm cold press, text added in photoshop.

The page with and without text.


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