More Inktober drawings. I started to lose momentum at the end of this week. So now I’m currently 3 drawings behind. Fortunately, October has 5 weekends, and hopefully I will be able to catch up.
day 05 | napoleon solo | the man from u.n.c.l.e.
After the drawing of Napoloen, I decided to switch to the Faber-Castell PITT Pens. I really like the solid black lines that they produce. This is due to the fact that the pens contain pure india ink. I also tried a different technique for shading the hair, inspired by the art of Glenn Arthur.
day 06 | lara vega | minority report
day 07 | phryne fisher | miss fisher’s murder mysteries
day 08 | safe and sound (fitzsimmons) | agents of s.h.i.e.l.d.
I don’t really think much about the fact that I’m an artist. It’s just something I have always done and have gotten pretty good at over the years. However, like any skill, the only way you can get better is to practice. Unlike many other physical activities, art is something that you can start at practically any age and continue to improve and evolve in your abilities. It’s always important to challenge myself and try new techniques.
The introduction of Periscope was a way for me to have a live window into the creation process of my favorite artists. I never thought I would really have a use for Copic markers, but after watching other artists use them, I found I have a use for them after all.
Last year I discovred the Inktober Project. I t was a great way to challenge myself to use ink more. This year, I’m more determined to complete all the drawings. Drawing has come easier since I’ve been doing it more consistently (go figure), so I’m really excited to see what I can produce. I’ve branched out to using a brush to ink my pieces, and I bought a set of Faber-Castell PITT Artists Pens (Manga Black), which I have yet to use.
day 01 | greaser!fitzsimmons | agents of s.h.i.e.l.d.
day 02 & 03 | gaby teller + illya kurkakin (smol + tol) | the man from u.n.c.l.e.
The idea for this piece was presented to me as a commission request. The patron wanted Gamora and Fitz “being friendly.” As you can see, this is a very broad prompt, and they were open to whatever I interpreted it to mean.
My first idea was to have Fitz showing Gamora some custom piece of tech. I spent about an hour drawing that, but I didn’t like where the drawing was headed. The composition was too staid, and I felt that the two characters weren’t interacting enough.
Plan B involved drawing Gamora wearing that white and black space suit that I had seen in several reference images that came up when I googled her. I really liked the detail in that outfit. And people are fans of Fitz in tactical gear, so I thought that would be fun to drawn and created an interesting dynamic to play with.
Now let’s rewind to a few months ago. I received a commission to draw Fitz & Simmons drinking tea, and the patron requested them posed in a very specific way and even provided an adequate reference photo. I don’t mind at all if the person has a very specific thing in mind. In many ways, that makes my job easier. Generally, if they’re commissioning me, they know what kind of work I produce and what kind of feeling I can get with the characters. So there is already a level of trust established, which helps me not be so hung up on whether I get certain things right.
Finally, we have my favorite Fitzsimmons art that I’ve drawn to date. Allison sent me a prompt asking for hipster!Fitzsimmons. For whatever reason, I was inspired, and after a brief search on Pinterest for a collection of references, something pretty adorable came out.
So, it’s good that other people seem to like this one, too.
For those interested in the technical details, the pen drawings were drawn in blue pencil and then inked with Staedtler Pigment Liners. The last piece was drawn in a mechanical pencil and then scanned and colored using Photoshop CC.
I recently started using the live streaming app Periscope (@artgyrl), and it’s been a lot of fun. Being able to watch some of my favorite artist as they draw has been most inspiring. And I’ve also been introduced to some new artists. Hosting my own live drawing sessions has helped me improve my drawing skills.
I really wanted to draw more standalone characters, so this was a good exercise for that. I also acquired some new art supplies to help improve both my drawings and the quality of my streams. I purchased a 6-pack of Staedtler Pigment Liners, and I’m in love. They are a little more expensive than Sakura Pigma Microns (which I’ve been using since college), but the quality is noticeably better. The Staedtler tip seems to be more firm and the ink flows more smoothly as I’m longer lines. So if you have the extra cash, I’d definitely recommend getting the latter.
“The Engineer” | Raven Reyes | The 100
One of my tumblr followers suggested that I draw her.
Daisy Johnson/Skye/Quake | Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Another request from tumblr. This was drawn with a Uni Kuru Toga mechanical pencil with both regular and blue lead and inked with the Sakura Pigma Microns. Notice the roucher lines. I think I drew this on acid-free card stock, so that could have also contributed to the line quality.
“part of your world” | Ariel | The Little Mermaid
I hadn’t planned on drawing this. I had logged in to Periscope, at a loss of what to draw, so I asked my followers for suggestions. I’d never drawn Ariel before, so I thought it would be an interesting challenge. This was drawn completely in blue pencil on Strathmore 300 Series Bristol paper and inked with the Staedtler Pigment Liners. The lines are much smoother.