Slighty Late Drawlloween!
Hey guys, I did actually draw these #Drawlloween pics on Day 8, but I was having a few technical hitches with the blog and couldn’t log in to post days 8 or 9 at the time, so here they are now.
We’re on Day 6 – Pumpkin!
This one was a little bit different because I had a really clear idea of what I wanted to draw as soon as I saw Pumpkin on the list. I love Jack-O-Lanterns, and I’ve wanted to draw a big-cartoony Pumpkin Poster for a while. This is pretty much as I saw it in my mind. I drew it in Manga Studio, coloured using the basic fill in pen and then shaded using black inks over a transparency layer.
I’m having a really great time with #Drawlloween, but I’m not the only one doing this. There are active hashtags on twitter, tumblr and Facebook with tonnes of great artists taking part. Check out my other entries, or follow along on twitter.
Today’s task was to draw a devil, so here you go:
I’m a bit less happy with this one, I think the devil’s alright, but the background is a bit sloppy. I’m most pleased with the shading which really completed the picture for me. The little transparent tortured souls worked out well too.
I’m participating in Drawlloween this year, which is a really fun event for artists. The idea is that on each day of the month you draw something connected to Halloween from the official list. It’s a really cool event to see everyone’s different take on the same subject. I’ve included the list if you’d like to get involved.
With that in mind, here’s my ghost for day one.
I’m pretty pleased with it, though the head turned out a bit more like Oogie Boogie than I was planning on. Oh well. More Drawlloween tomorrow!
As you know, I’ve been getting back into art lately. Part of that has been relearning to use a wacom tablet and finally teaching myself some decent graphics software. As part of that, I’ve been producing a weekly webcomic for the last five weeks now. I’ve mostly kept it on the quiet because it has been quite a learning experience, but the next few weeks of comics scheduled have been work I’m really happy with so it’s time to start sharing it around. The comic is available here, and updates Saturdays. Read on for a bit of a taster.
Timeshare is about a guy whose roommate is a time traveller. At the moment it’s a simple self contained gag-strip but I’ve got a few cool ideas for running storylines.
The art is a little clunky in these early strips, but by around strip 9 or 10 (already drawn and queued up) I start to settle in a little more and get comfortable with the characters.
Feel free to leave me any feedback, I’d love to know how you think I could improve. Thanks
Here we have another Mario themed painting. This time I went with a Goomba instead of another power up because once you’ve done the Mushroom and the Blue Shell there rest are all derivatives or less interesting. I like how this turned out but if I were to do it again, I’d aim for a more realistic feel and less of a cartoony look to it. Not easy with a Goomba, of course, but I like a challenge. As usual, this was painting in Manga Studio on a Wacom Tablet. Speed painting vid below.
Hey guys, I know updates have been a little thin on the ground lately but with me leaving my job and setting off in bold new directions (TBA) it has been a bit of a hectic few weeks. I just wanted to stop in to give you a quick update on how things have been going and what you can expect in the upcoming weeks and months.
Firstly, I’m changing up how I get my writing out there. For a while now I’ve been writing short stories, Novels during NaNoWriMo and little bit of flash fiction, and I’ve generally taken the approach of posting the Flash Fiction in the blog and hoarding everything else while I find time to edit it. I want to get in the habit of producing a little bit more and really working my reluctant Rewriting bones. With that in mind, I’m going to move on from the flash fiction for a bit and try to really produce longer, 5000 word-ish stories and post those up straight to the blog too. I’m also considering leaving them there permanently rather than pulling them when I publish to Amazon. In the past, I’ve enrolled books in KDP select but the benefits for that programme are a little thin on the ground these days. Even free book days have declined, barely generating the spikes in the graph they used to. So, all things considered, I think I have more to gain by leaving stuff here to draw in readers. Anyway, we’ll see how it goes.
Secondly, I’ve been trying to get back into art and cartooning. For years I was interested in webcomics but I’ve never really had the time I want to devote to it. I’m hoping to get back into it shortly, but I’ll give you more info about that later. With that in mind, I’ve been digging out some of the more recommended books on developing one’s artistry. My first stop was the highly recommended Drawing of the Right Side of the Brain by Betty Edwards. I have never been that great at drawing from sight, but after a couple of exercises I was producing pictures like these!
Superman’s donning a bit of an afro, but I was still very impressed. The book is still in print and I really recommend it if you’re interested in upping your drawing skills. I’m hoping to keep it up, as well as branching out into painting, so expect to see a lot more art posted here among the writing.
Lastly, I’ve been trying to make a little out of my free time. I’m usually spending my downtime playing games, and I’ve been branching out into youtube. So, if you want to see me do a really bad job playing The Elder Scrolls: Arena, or do a slightly better job at Sim City 4, then check out my Youtube channel and let me know what you think .
So, that’s that. I’m going to be more diligent about updates from this point on, and I’ll be keeping you up to date with more outside the writing, but I today I just wanted to remind you I’m alive, and still creating wherever I can!