Inktober is an annual drawing challenge which I’ve taken part in before, but this year I’ve decided to do it a little differently. As the name suggests the drawings are supposed to be in ink, but this year I’m going to cheat and draw digitally. My aim with this challenge is to develop my character design skills, so I want to focus on that and not on my inking skills. I will also be taking the weekends off as I think it’s important to have a couple of days to rest or catch up, depending! To that end I’ve created a list of 23 characters (some mine and some from favourite books), many of which I’ve been meaning to draw for a long time.

Elsa is the first – not wholly a character, but certainly caricatured for my Selkie storyboard.01_Elsa

This is a little ink illustration I drew for a friend’s birthday card. I coloured it in Photoshop, but I think I prefer it in black and white.

 

One of the good things about taking the train is getting the chance to doodle away. Here are a few drawings from a recent trip. Mostly I just scribble, but the first group below are some characters from an old story of mine. I’ve been wondering about storyboarding the idea, or developing it further in some way.

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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 …

I’ve been taking part in Inktober – a challenge to do one ink drawing every day of October. They’ve all been posted on my Twitter but I’m just now getting round to posting them here. I haven’t followed the official prompts; instead I’m drawing costumes through the years referencing John Peacock’s fantastic book Costume: 1066 to the Present. Along the way I’m creating little stories for each pair of characters. It’s been fun!

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Bob

Last week my laptop had to go in for repair, so I’ve had to do without a computer for the last few days. It’s been frustrating, given how much I use one! Perhaps it’s good to get a break once in a while. I haven’t been able to edit and post my drawings until now, so here are a few. My friend Amy shares a horse named Bob Marley (it’s the mane) who I’ve been to visit a few times. While she was riding him in the school I did a few quick sketches in pen.

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This morning I attended the fantastic Animation Masterclass with Ronnie del Carmen (@paperbiscuit on Twitter) at the EIFF Youth Hub. He spoke about the creation of Pixar’s “Inside Out” (which I have not yet seen, but am very much looking forward to) and emphasised how important it is to “Make stuff. Show it. Get feedback.”

Feeling inspired, I decided not to go home right away. Instead I went to the museum to draw. Usually I end up standing awkwardly next to the exhibit or uncomfortably cross-legged on the floor, but today I was able to get a little foldable stool and cart it round the place with me! I definitely noticed an increase in productivity due to the fact I was comfortable …

Some of the drawings I did are below. I fell in love with the shapes of the vases, and spent a long time going from cabinet to cabinet.

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Rows 2 & 3: Ancient Peruvian pottery, from the Nasca culture. I loved the titles of these pots, ranging from “hunter with trophy heads” to “fisherman with nets”, not forgetting “anthropomorphic mythical being”.

Rows 4 & 5: Greek and Italian pottery, the dish on row 5 a drinking cup despite being about a foot wide.

Jericho Beach

Clearing through my files today I found this sketch I did in Vancouver. It was a nice warm day so I went to the beach to doodle and draw. Today Edinburgh is cold and rainy and feels more like February than June, so I coloured my old sketch to remind me of warmer days …
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Bird Animation – Development

For a while I’ve been scribbling down ideas for this bird project. This weekend I began to do some more research into the location and character design. Here are some of my sketchbook pages!03 01 02These were all sketched using Zig Clean Color Real Brush pens by Kuretake. I like how they give a good variation in line. They’re quite a recent purchase but I already prefer them to the Zig Art & Graphic Twin pens I used before, which have a foam tip instead of a brush.

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I decided I needed a new profile picture and thought I’d draw one! This is referenced from a photograph my sister took.

Sketches from The Sound of Music

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I’ve seen lots of sketches from other people who’ve doodled through films, and I’ve always wondered how they can do that. Well, now I’ve tried it I see the appeal! I loved capturing the lighting in the central drawing, and trying to catch likeness while the shot remained on screen (with varying success). I also filled several pages of my notebook more than I normally do when I sketch – I think the changing images helped me try lots of different things as well as work more quickly. Though I’m not sure this would work with every film – “The Sound of Music” has reasonably long shots compared with many modern movies …

Kelpie Sketch Dailies

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Kelpies feature in many Scottish myths, though similar creatures can be found in other cultures under different names. Unpleasant in nature, they trick their victims and then drown and eat them.

I’ve been writing a story about a kelpie and when the challenge of drawing one came up I had to take part!

Costumed PortraitI recently discovered that the gallery in town hosts free drawing events, so this Thursday I went along to take a look. I got the chance to sketch a figure in costume, something that was remarkably tricky to do! I guess I’m used to unclothed figures …

These were drawn using a Micron pen. Then I added the colour in Photoshop, again using a Kyle T. Webster brush – this time his watercolour one.

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