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Inktober week 5 (and a whole lot more)!

It’s been 29 October to 4 November 2017 and there’s been a little bit of everything this week!


Here’s the rest of my Inktober drawings, including a happy little robot:

#inktober #inktober2017 29. United! Everyone brings their own thing to the team.

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#inktober #inktober2017 30. Found! Robots are good at finding things. #invaderzim

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#inktober #inktober2017 31. Mask. It's dinosaur Halloween!

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It was a challenge to work with physical media for a bit, but I’m glad it got me learning how to work with the brush pen. I’ve carried around that pen with me every day for two years so it’s about time I got some use out of it.

It’s been good to pick up a slightly larger following on Instagram as well and see what people are up to over there. It’s definitely not just for selfies, though there are a lot of those too.


I’ve got a quick and dirty “mouth foley” soundtrack happening for AAAAAAAAAAAAAA, finally. Like many 1980s kids, I thought Michael Winslow’s character from Police Academy was awesome and tried to copy what he did.. and I’ve never really stopped making weird noises with my face since! 🙂 It’s certainly a helpful skill to have for stubbing out funny sound effects quickly…

The soundtrack is a little bare right now but I wanted to share it anyway because I really like how those monks sound. The pyramid shot’s working nicely now that it has sound.

Happy little beeps

To finish off this week, here’s a few happy little beepboops from DASYRAC. The rack is getting pretty close to full up now which means having to make decisions about how to use the space I’ve got, and whether I want to free up existing space to put something else in. There’s also a couple of misbehaving modules which could use some troubleshooting, but I don’t want to make too many more changes. They get kind of expensive!

Here’s a lovely sound I got out of DASYRAC last night. It uses the hard sync on the Befaco EvenVCO driven by another oscillator sitting at a constant pitch to turn a little pentatonic melody into an Underworldy drone. I like it. 🙂


See you next week!

Inktober, week 4!

It’s been 22 to 28 October 2017 and Blender Conference 2017 is in full swing! If you couldn’t make it either, there’s live streams from the venue and a Twitter hashtag for livetweeting. There’s a handy schedule of presentations on the website too.

Friday’s presentation highlights for me included:

RYGCBMKO didn’t make it to the conference film festival selection in the end, but it scored better than I thought it would!

Here’s this week’s Inktober sketches.

#inktober #inktober2017 22. Trail. A snail leaves a trail without fail!

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#inktober #inktober2017 23. Juicy! Go away, silly rotten banana!

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#inktober #inktober2017 25. Ship! An airship in this case, with a lazy passenger.

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#inktober #inktober2017 26. Squeak! An elephant fails to take notice of what's underfoot…

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#inktober #inktober2017 27. Climb. A little tardigrade climbs a gigantic hair follicle.

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#inktober #inktober2017 28. Fall. It's got a different name in Australia. 🙂

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See you next week for the last of Inktober!

Inktober, week 2!

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.

#inktober #inktober2017 8. Crooked! A zigzaggy gecko.

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#inktober #inktober2017 9. SCREECH!! Could only be a cockatoo 🙂

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#inktober #inktober2017 10. Gigantic! A monstery thing gets a helping hand.

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#inktober #inktober2017 11. Run! A running chuditch copied not super well from a recent Twitter photo

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#inktober #inktober2017 12. Shattered. It's hard to carry eggs when you're a slime monster!

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#inktober #inktober2017 13. Teeming! As in "this weird frog monster's tongue is teeming with little friends"

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#inktober #inktober2017 14. Fierce! Even little creatures have a lot of front when they need it.

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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! 🙂

Inktober, week 1!

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:

#inktober Day 1: Swift

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#inktober Day 2: Divided

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#inktober #inktober2017 4. Underwater. Back to trying the brush pen again!

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#inktober #inktober2017 5. Long!

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#inktober #inktober2017 6. Sword(fish)! More brush pen work.

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#inktober #inktober2017 7. Shy. Turned into a brush pen texturing test bed midway through 🙂

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See you with more pictures next week!

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.


Tuesday Tips — Asymmetry in facial expressions.

A lot of times, asymmetry will bring energy and movement to a pose or composition. More specifically, I feel like breaking the symmetry of a character’s expression is key to bring interest to it. Of course, there’s always a situation where there’s a need for symmetry. On top of my head, I can think of depicting a character who has an authority role, or the “undefeated champion of something”, or the “cold stone killer”, etc. So, a symmetrical facial expression usually means the character is: supremely bored, supremely confident, has no emotions, has a poker face, or is dead. Did I miss one? Symmetry in framing is also quite rare, but when handled by a master (Kubrick, Anderson), it’s undeniable. (If you have time, watch this: http://vimeo.com/89302848)

Now, back to asymmetry in facial expressions. In general, it’s a great way to flesh out a character’s thought process. What is he/she thinking about? What’s their goal?

I’m just touching the tip of the iceberg here. Way more tips to come in the future. Maybe next time, I’ll start to cover GESTURES.

Completely unrelated to the subject, I recently read a list of tips from movie director Sam Mendes. Here’s my favorite: “Try to learn to make the familiar strange, and the strange familiar. …”