Today was a pretty productive day. The warmup is with reference; and the other sketch is without~
Recently I was comissioned to make a short little illustrative piece to go with an invitation. I put forth the suggestion that it be a small comic detailing the journey of the invitation in question, and the client seemed to like the idea.
So here is the rough draft; missing one frame as I’m struggling to put that into shape tonight. Thought I might show it to the client and see what they have to say about the general style and flow.
Time to flex the realism muscles again. I know I post a lot of stylized stuff here, things where I seem to struggle to put an eye in the correct spot on a strange triangle for a head – So occasionally I like to remind my readers that I’m actually okay at this shit.
Today it was a portrait, and I spent a fair amount of time on it, so you get a few WIP shots.
Well. This was bound to happen sometime. Canada suddenly got interested in ice-skating.
Having a rough day today, perhaps it’s penance for yesterday feeling like it went so easilly. Anyway, I really wasn’t feeling it regardless of what I tried, and the tiredness has hit me pretty hard.
So what I did was I worked a little on the picture from yesterday, trying to expand on the idea – And when that started to fail, I drew what I knew! Which is me, tired as balls.
The main product of today was a whole lot of work on a comic I want to create. I finished page one! – But I am not going to show anyone yet, because I want to establish the story before I publish it.. Get some kind of hook in there to convey what I want to do with this story.
My thinking behind that is basically that one strip is never enough to interest people in reading it again, or following along with the storyline. So I want to have a few pages for them to flick through on the inevitable release of the thing.
I will however give a small preview of a sketch for Page two:
And this kind of derpy Raphael I drew. I kinda want to draw the whole team like this. I might.
Today I bought a new sketchbook, It’s a “Moleskine” brand quite small sketchpad made for painting in – thus giving it thicker and more durable pages.. And allowing me to do whatever art I want in it, really 🙂
So that is good, it led to some sketching on the way home in the train. When I got home, I heard cries from the livingroom as a guy literally bit someone in the world cup. And apparently this is not the first time.
Now I don’t know about you, but on my list of prioritized actions when people annoy me; Biting them comes in pretty damn low. So this amazed me a little, but I guess the game has just evolved quite a bit since the many years ago when I marginally kept up on it.
Decided to do a little drawing based on the style of an artist I quite admire today! So I opened up my reference in a browser, opened up Manga studio and got to work!
It was about half an hour later that I realised I had not been looking at the reference, and was instead watching youtube videos. So this is more of a “Me imitating an artist I like” than a complete carbon copying of the style, But I never felt the need to find reference for it as I was working – So it may be that I have internalised some tips and tricks. ( And undoubtedly also mistakes. )