I spent some time today drawing quick sketches using the Bodies in Motion site. The Muybridge images are especially good for quick studies, and after exploring a variety of sequences I settled on this one.

For the penultimate character I’ve drawn Kinsey, who I’ve illustrated before but wanted to explore more. I’m writing a script of Kinsey’s Sword and am beginning to think more about what her character will look like.22_Kinsey

Miss Minton is a severe but wonderful woman in Eva Ibbotson’s Journey to the River Sea, a beautiful book set in the early twentieth century about a young girl discovering the Amazon and the people who live there. I’ll be drawing a couple more of the characters over the next few days.

Persuasion is one of my favourite Jane Austen novels (I find it hard to choose between it and Pride and Prejudice) so I thought I’d draw Anne Elliot for day four. I wanted to draw her in a style similar to some of the cartoons of that time – lots of lines and hatching.

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One of the last times I was up in Edinburgh I sketched these at the museum in Chambers Street. Though I took no notes on colour at the time, thankfully National Museums Scotland has a searchable database – it’s fantastic for research.

See my previous Inktober post here.

Here are the rest of my Inktober drawings for this year. I missed a couple of days, but otherwise I’m pleased with what I’ve accomplished. Ink can be very unforgiving, even with a pencil underdrawing. It’s been good to try something new and learn by trial and error …

Though I’ve been working on a few different projects I can’t share much from them yet. So here are some drawings from my personal project, a story of mine that I’m illustrating. I posted some concepts for it back in February (see them here).

I began with very loose digital sketches, brainstorming ideas for each page. Next I took my favourite sketches and refined them into a page for the book. (You can see how this drawing, originally portrait, has turned into a spread.) The stage I’m at now is creating more detailed sketch layers for each page. I’ll then go back over them with the rough brush; I want to try and create a finish somewhere between the detail of the final image and the contrast and looseness of the first two.

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