That was 8 to 14 October 2017. Would you believe I’m still trying to shake this respiratory illness? Believe it.
Here’s week 2 of my Inktober 2017! This week was all brush pen.
Aside from Inktober, I’m back into soldering this weekend now that the weather’s fined up a bit. I’ve got two more kits to build at which point I get a voltage controllable sequencer and a clock manipulator to go with the contact mic and delay effect that arrived a week ago. DASYRAC gets better and better, yay!
I’ll see you next week for mysterious, fat, graceful, filthy, cloud, deep and furious Inktober! 🙂
It’s been 1 to 7 October 2017, which neatly overlaps with the first week of Inktober! It’s fun finally getting some practice in with the brush pen. 🙂
Here’s this week’s pictures, fresh from my Instagram account:
See you with more pictures next week!
And what is swifter than an emu? Inked with a brush pen on Bristol paper.
I’m going to go and watch a course on inking now to try to get my chops up.
Storyboarding the new project. You’ve seen the nectarine monster, now meet the Other Guy.
This little arrow-nosed guy is really passive-aggressive and obnoxious.
I ran out of hands to copy on page 29 of “Cartoon Animation” so I turned back a few pages and copied heads instead. Original designs are by Preston Blair. Also today I tried drawing some caricatures from “The Rules of the Game” but I don’t like those at all.
These are cute but I’ve got a long way to go.
Inspired by the admonition that copying a superior artist’s work is part of a good art education, I’ve been drawing Preston Blair’s hands from my copy of Cartoon Animation. I’m spending about 25 minutes with each one: I try to sketch an overall shape and work detail in, suss out its proportions and how it all fits together. I usually draw my own hand in the same pose after a couple of attempts, and this is useful because I can see how the fingers are actually oriented. It makes the bumps and curves and other things in Preston’s version make a great deal more sense.
Slightly to the right of the middle of that bunch of hands, there’s a vertical fist with the fingers making an E shape and the thumb sitting on the right. That was one of the hands I attempted today, and I’m absolutely buggered if I know what that hand is meant to be doing. I almost stuffed my wrist trying to copy that pose, I can’t make sense of it.
Copying these hands can be frustrating – Preston Blair was really bloody good – but it’s sharpening my observation skills something fierce. One semi-downside is that I can’t let myself get away drawing crappily anymore – I can see all the mistakes and cheats and laziness in my own drawings, and I’m motivated to improve.
Now if only I could fix those mistakes…
So, uh, turns out digital painting is a whole barrel of fun that I had no idea about. Big ups to Krita and their MUSES training DVD. Well worth getting your hands on. Suddenly I’m way less bothered by the idea of texturing.
It’s the Easter long weekend coming up. I’m thinking I might bang out a short tutorial about drivers and expressions after a Twitter conversation I had today.
A short film from the universe of “The Quiet One” could soon be on the cards. Plotwise it’s the oldest story in human history – protagonist must overcome obstacle, failure to do so means grave consequences. Not that original maybe but I want to keep this brief. No more accidental feature-length projects. Learnt my lesson.
I’m still drawing cartoon hands. I tried some figure drawing again for variety and noted that my observation and anatomy skills are much stronger than before. The old art skills are coming together – very slowly, but perceivably. Improvement is nice to see, but I’ve got a long way to go before I’m where I want to be. Also getting more comfortable with that whole overhand pencil grip would be good too.
I’ve been drawing hands out of Preston Blair’s “Cartoon Animation” then critting myself on how well I copy the visual form.
Only in the last week have I realised that a book I’ve had in my possession since 1997 could have taught me so much more if I’d only bothered paying attention to it.
These hands are from page 29.
Meanwhile it’s 10:00pm and my neighbours are still hammering away at metal objects in their open garages. I have strange neighbours.