This was originally intended as blog designed so that Andy Norton, a postgraduate in Creative Digital Media, could discuss his influences whilst working on a comic for his Creative Portfolio Development module on that master’s degree.
Now, the blog is intended to share articles relevant to his interests, as well as his artwork (past and present), as an experience graphic designer, with a background in illustration and animation.
I started using another sketchbook today to do life drawings, and I'm quite pleased with the mark-making with the ink pen I managed to fish out for today, being an old caligraphy ink pen. I also like the composition of this life drawing of a couple, especially with that mark denoting a bus seat in front of them.
After an emotional exhaustive day, I wasn't sure whether I wanted to, or should, attempt something for Inktober. I decided to finish off another sketchbook (this one I have been using for over 4 years!) with a tonal study from a photograph. I think if I was to something tonal like this, I would've invested in some different shades of grey markers to get some depth, rather than that dramatic black for all the folds in the clothes, as well as the lighting around the neck and face of this figure. I can now start on a sketchbook, which I have been using for just exercises from a Brothers McLeod book recently, and fill that with some life drawings from time to time, as I am now got 9 more days of Inktober left.
Pretty pleased as I finally get around to finishing off the final illustrations for the final chapter of this current live project. Whilst I need to revisit those hands to give a more anatomically accurate representation of that particular gesture, I'm glad I managed to plough through these with good ease, even with characters that I haven't drawn in a while too.
Onto the final chapter of this live project, as I felt I wanted to keep the ball going until I have finished this current sketchbook. They seem pretty funny in contrast to the previous illustrations I've done, but maybe I was in a mood for something for the laughs rather than melodramatic. They turned out okay, but I might need to tweak them when I get around to finalising the colours and line art.
Not as productive as yesterday, but it does mean I have finished inking all the illustrations for the penultimate chapter of this live project. With one I'm happy with, but the other I want to tweak some of the perspective to make more of an impact, especially as there is plenty of overlapping and foreshortening going on in this scene.
I'm certainly over-compensating for not doing much over last weekend on this live project, as I have produced five illustrations, with a couple of initial sketchings to work out a few things. I'm pleased with some of the new characters that I have to draw into the mix, whilst the recurring ones seem to be settling into place on how I draw them. I'm also enjoying using a different brush pen to inking them as this some marks that I wouldn't have got with the previous brush pens I've been using, but I think I need to be moderate with one of them which gives great thick lines but does bleed onto the other side, which is something I need to take into account when using both sides of the paper in my current sketchbook.
Finally inked a finalised illustration from yesterday's initial sketch. I have also started work on the next illustration, whilst working out what brush pens to use, as I kept using an old brush pen that kept drying up whilst inking, so I resorted to using two new brush pens to help finish off this piece. I think one is good for big strokes, whilst the other one is good for details that don't need to be rigid. I might experiment with these pens to make it work, but I just hope the client doesn't notice when I produce the finalised illustrations with these pens.
Not much for today, mainly because time was not on my side today. But at least I have an idea on what this finalised sketch will and that a new brush pen doesn't bleed through to the other side of this paper, unlike in my current sketchbook. So I'll see how I get on with inking a finalised piece at some point tomorrow, once I try and find a long-enough ruler to sketch out my border first.
I just wanted to experiment with my recent invested Copic marker in terms of tonal work. Whilst you don't get much tonal work with blocks of black ink, I was glad to experiment with this brush pen that I'm not well acquainted whilst doing this quick self-portrait done with a mirror. Having done a lot of expressions recently to get my professional character-based illustrations that extra dimension in terms of 'performance', it was something that was to happen sooner rather than later.
Because of family events happening over this weekend, I haven't had much time to do my professional. So yesterday (at the time of writing this blog entry), I have been interested in trying to do some piece involving one of my niece's favourite TV programmes, The Twirly Woos, with its striking stop-motion silhouette for these titular creatures. I should stress I did this from memory without any references, which explains why the hair and feet may not be as accurate as I would like for a piece done with some good research, but I'm pleased with the result of the pose, based on their pose that they do when in movement and are fixated or surprised at an object.
Just managed to sketch and ink two illustrations for this current live project, hence the censored faces. I am pleased with how the illustration with the two characters has developed from its initial sketches. All of them took several scaled attempts to get it right to how I wanted them to look, but I will need to revisit them to ink some additional detail at a later date.
Remember those illustrations on the first two days of Inktober? Well, I had to revisit them again to ensure that the client likes a particular character design. So there we go. Hopefully from tomorrow I can start on some fresh illustrations for this live project rather than tweaking previous ones.
Do phone doodles count towards Inktober? Well they do for me, as I ended up doodling these two characters whilst having a phone call. I had to cesnor some of my handwritten notes on the right as some of it was sensitive to me.
I didn't know if my quick life pencil drawing would count towards my Inktober quota for yesterday, so I managed to do a quick still life in pencil and ink during the process, as my 'subject' got off at their stop during that bus journey made that day.