Monday, November 23, 2015

My Book Of Pen And Ink Drawings

 I have neglected this blog a bit because I have been putting a book together collecting the ink drawings I did for the InkTober challenge. In the book I also included a number of drawings I did before and after InkTober.

I waited till I got a physical copy to review before I posted about it. I was very happy with the print quality and also happy I was able to keep the cost down to $14.99.

The book is available on the Blurb website. You can click the link below to view the entire book.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Putting On A Teachers Hat

I made the sketch of the little bust on the upper left to show what I have been using as a drawing aide for my son. My youngest son want's to go to the high school I attended, Art and Design in New York City. Up until now he has been drawing manga and video game characters as well as making short animations using ToonBoom software and an app on his Nintendo 3DS. He has really taught himself how to animate, reading books and watching videos on the subject. But now the challenge for him is to draw from life. One of the the things he will be doing in order to get into the school is, along with presenting a portfolio, drawing from a model which the school will provide- he has to audition to get in to the school. We're on shaky ground here. Cartoon characters is one thing.... well this is going to challenge and help develop his ability, so I put on my teachers hat.

Here is an example of the type of drawings my son loves to do. He got this far by buying books on drawing manga characters.

What I had decided to do is use that little bust to start off. With it I had hoped to show him how to observe big shapes. First observing and understanding the shape of the head and the approximate placement of the features and then describing everything with light and dark. Not being concerned with details but describing what he sees with broad patterns of shadow. In this way we study proportion, placement of the features and light and dark values to describe the object.

He didn't do to bad for his first time drawing like this. On the bottom left I have the first two drawings he did in his sketchbook of the bust. I placed the pages side by side. On the drawing labeled 1 I gave him a lot of help. I drew over his drawing, showing him  how to look at the objects shape and direction of light and to avoid relying on line to describe detail. On the drawing labeled 2 I let him draw on his own. He's headed in the right direction.

My plan is to repeat this everyday using other objects as well and also having my wife sit for us and I can also sit for him. At some point propping up a mirror and having him do a self portrait would be a good idea, but that will be on the third week.

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Last of The InkTober Drawings

Although InkTober is over I still have seven more pages to fill up in my InkTober sketchbook. I will continue with the ink drawings until that sketchbook is full and then I think I will take the month of November to get back into watercolor painting.

The last of the InkTober drawings on the upper left was done on Halloween so I thought Frankenstein was an appropriate subject.

Thursday, October 29, 2015

InkTober Coming To A Close

InkTober is almost over. Its been fun although a bit of a struggle to keep up with. There have been some drawings that I never posted because I wasn't entirely happy with them, like the two drawings on the left,

What I liked most is being able to do these drawings while trying out different techniques and still thinking there is more stuff I would like to try.

Doing the ink drawings was fun but it's been a while since I did any kind of painting. I did this quick watercolor sketch on one sleepless night.
I wonder if I should make the following month a time where I concentrated on watercolor painting.

Friday, October 16, 2015

Some More #InkTober Drawings

I have been enjoying taking the time this month to do an ink drawing a day and post it on social media for InkTober. The frustrating thing is that I am always pressed for time.

There were times when I scraped the drawing I started and began working on another one. They weren't terrible, just maybe uninteresting. Or maybe they weren't that great.

I think that after the month is over I may have a second look at the batch of drawings and do some over.

The two drawings on the left are ones that I never posted.

Saturday, October 10, 2015

From Sketch To Final Illustration

The illustration on the top left started out as a thumbnail sketch done in Sketchbook Pro which I used for a pen and ink drawing for InkTober,

Because I had originally intended for it to be a colored piece I scanned the drawing and colored it in Sketchbook Pro.

This is the thumbnail sketch done in Sketchbook Pro.
Sketchbook Pro is a great program to use to sketch out ideas and of course to complete the illustration. I could have done the whole thing digitally but part of the fun of InkTober ( the month of October is used to make an ink drawing a day and post it on social media with the hashtag #InkTober- the brain child of Jake Parker) is to make these drawings with a brush, pen and ink.

There were four big artistic influences for this illustration. William Stout, James Gurney, Ricardo Delgado and Hokusai.

The Ink drawing.

Monday, October 5, 2015

InkTober 2015

All though InkTober has been going on for sometime this is the first year I've heard of it. Thanks to posts on social media by artist friends eagerly anticipating the start of the month of October I was able to learn about it.

Started in 2009 by artist Jake Parker InkTober is a month long commitment to draw in pen and ink everyday and post the drawings online via blog or social media with the hashtag #InkTober. It is an event in which artist from all over the world participate in.

I am having a great deal of fun making these drawings and keeping with the schedule of posting them everyday on my Facebook page.

Pen and ink was a favorite medium as a kid. At first I was trying to imitate the drawings I saw in comics, especially the drawings of John Buscema inked by Alfredo Alcala in Savage Sword of Conan for Marvel Comics. Other artist influences followed like Bernie Wrightson and several of the artist from the Warren Magazines. Then I discovered the pen and ink artist of the past like Franklin Booth, Charles Dana Gibson, Joseph Clement Coll,etc.

Although I don't use the medium as often as I used to It is still one that I love to this day.