I was blown away by the trailer for The Mighty Piton by The Line Animation and created a fan illustration based on the characters. This is the first year I did an illustration for Mermay a yearly tradition where an artist creates a mermaid design during the month of May. I also designed a modern version of Xayide the sorceress from The Neverending Story series.
The last couple of weeks I haven’t had the time to do much. These are mostly Saturday morning breakfast sketches and the small notecard drawings are pieces I do at work during lunchtime. One of my favorite illustration programs Clip Studio Paint recently released an app for iOS is’s amazing. My process for sketching on paper and working on the desktop feels so antiquated. I am going through tutorials and trying to figure out a process that works using the iPad version more.
A couple of recent weekend illustrations. Lately reading up on a couple of design books for some ideas I have. Since last month it’s been strange to at least not get one quick doodle down on paper a day it’s a great feeling to have.
I managed to print a couple samples of my Inktober 2017 art book. Learned a couple of things in the process but happy with the end result. My last illustration for day 31 was also a starting point for October’s character design challenge topic – demon/devil. I added some base colors in the scan and had fun playing with vibrance layers for this illustration.
Inktober – Finale really happy with how this years Inktober turned out. Definitely going off topic at the end of the night with an brush pen in my hand was fun. I am almost done with final layouts to print these into a small art book to remember how it all turned out.
24. Sentai transformation
25. Elephants cutting loose
26. The Queen’s guard
27. All summer she practiced
28. One swift strike
29. Practicing summon magic
30. This squirrel fights back
31. In a Halloween mode for the last day
Inktober Week 3 – So far so good, I have a good handle on my illustrations the next few days. Going away from a particular theme esp. Halloween related like in the past was for the best. Some nights I look over at the clock and it’s past 1 AM, best part I still feel like I have so many fun ideas to try before the month is up.
17. Energy summon to destroy the orb
18. Never too old to skate
19. Crow mage
20. High altitude sky surfer
21. Lone priest ready to fight the undead
22. Good day for a ride
23. The forest archer prepares to strike
Inktober Week 2 – After hitting a few roadblocks late night I realized it’s best to just draw whatever comes to me at night. I thought about trying to hit a theme each day but in the past I got tired of sticking to a particular topic or era. Somedays I want to do sentai stuff the next day fun animal characters.
10. Crew hard at work before the next round
11. Chicken and Worm detectives 80’s cop team-up
12. Wasteland junker
13. Underwater always full of surprise
14. One swift strike
15. The best on the dance floor
16. Fleet commander charting the course
Inktober Week 1 – The first couple were a little hard. I have been doing digital lately so it takes a few tries before my hands feel steady to do long line work. So far so good I have a schedule when I get home to not burn out on my daily pieces for the month.
1. Jay-Z on SNL
2. Striker Jr. Pacific Rim 2
3. Iden Versio Battlefront 2
4. Wary traveller on his walk
5. Rooftop defender
6. Braking the 4th wall
7. Flamingo charging up his chi
8. Pizza delivery bot 30 mins or less
9. 80’s Sentai on her way to a fight
My last week before Inktober begins. I did a couple of iPad sketches while watching the fall premiere of my favorite shows. Bristol board paper with the Inktober paper has been printed and I have a full supply of ink cartridges for my brush pen.
Lately I haven’t had the time to do larger illustrations working on a couple of other design projects. These are weekend portrait studies and a meet the artists meme.
Super excited my sketchbook with all my work from 2016 arrived from Lulu books. Second year in a row the colors and paper stock were top tier all the way.
Slowly adjusting back to a normal sleep schedule after vacation is always rough. A few nights I started a couple of sketches and the next day I couldn’t figure out what I was doing. That said it really helps to just draw faces to get some ideas down.
Made a mistake of waiting for a bunch of sketches to pile up before posting my next batch on Inktober sketches. Going strong 3rd year in a row!!!
October 10th to 21st Inktober collection.