Fraser was enjoying a walk on the beach with his dog when he came across something extraordinary …

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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

My dog is notoriously difficult to photograph, let alone draw. This afternoon I managed to capture her in the garden as she munched on a very old tennis ball and an offcut from someone’s fence.

Yesterday I sketched Elsa as she chewed on a toy. Occasionally she’d bring it over to me and dump it at my feet before retreating across the room to stare at me. She usually wore an accusing look at this point – “What, you haven’t thrown it yet?”

I’m a bit unsure about my painting below; it’s quite wonky but it was fun to play with colour. Usually I stick to sketches, but the Sketch app on the iPad Pro is amazingly versatile and I’m looking forward to trying more painting on the go.

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This is my dog, Elsa. Elsa from Frozen, yes, but we didn’t name her! In reality she is more like Anna – feisty, determined and a bit nuts.
Elsa02 Elsa03 Elsa04 At first she was asleep, but then she realised I was drawing her. This is her eye upside-down – she was lying like she is in the drawing above.Elsa05 The next stage was play!Elsa07Elsa06 Eventually she moved around too much and my drawings became very quick gestures …Elsa08

Dog Animation Rough

I’ve been working on this since late August, and I’ve finally got it to the I’m-almost-happy-with-this stage! I drew the rough in Flash (hence the general messiness; I don’t like the brush tool very much) and I’m planning to clean it up in Photoshop.

Comments and criticisms would be appreciated, though please don’t mention volumes (I know).

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