Haha YES, I’ve chosen the day I’m at both Night Gallery and Nomadic Views to unveil a secret…I’m doing the October Sketch Challenge again! If you’re in Evansville, IN feel free to stop by The Ahh Spa between 5:45pm and 9pm and say Hi!! If you’re in Nashville, TN look out for original drawn-on pigment prints of my pieces DIVE and City Eye at the Corvidae Collective Gallery in the Arcade!!
That’s right, one scary sketch a day, for every delicious spooky day in October. BOO! Here’s my first four sketches, I’ll attempt to do something close to a one-a-day update after tonight. You can watch the updates roll in over at http://sandpaperdaisy.tumblr.com!!
If you don’t recognize these creepy beasties by the way, they are animatronics from the amazing horror video game 5 Nights at Freddy’s. I fell in love with this chilling and creepy game after watching Markiplier‘s youtube videos of it. I can’t get enough!! Don’t be surprised if there’s more Freddy in my sketches over the month.
As with my 2013 round of sketches, I’ll be updating this website after October with a massive gallery of the entire month’s sketches for you to enjoy.
I promised back in my Plague Doctor post that I would post my 30 day NaNoManGo project, The Ocean concept sketches, soon. Today seems just as good a day as any! These are daily concept sketches for my developing comic “The Ocean,” done in November 2013. As you may be able to tell, the comic will deal with the Black Plague during medieval times.
And for the rest, you’ll just have to wait and see…
This is most of the linework from Elegy, the only progress shot I think I have of it. I just love the complexity of all the lines in an organic shape like a tree, and these lines here don’t even begin to touch on the millions of actual lines that are really there: in the bark, the outlines and veins on every leaf, and so on. A tree really is a stunning visual overload!
So occasionally I just like to stare at this piece every now and then and lose myself in lines. They’re so much easier to see and appreciate without any shading or color to distract from them.
When I drew The Ruby Machine I was sitting in the hospital waiting on the results of an operation my mother was having. I was not only severely cramped for space, I was also out of the vellum bristol type stuff I generally try to use when making comics the traditional way. Then I thought “I’m planning on toning and lettering this comic in photoshop anyway, so why not just use any old paper and scan it in?
So my cheapskate method of using typing paper folded in half to draw one panel at a time was born. Here’s some progress shots I took of the process. The one above is from the hospital, I made those roses while I was waiting too. Some of the others are from continuing my cheapness at home. I still have these papers jammed in the bottom of my collage-paper box somewhere, where they are getting even more wrinkled and messed up as I type. Hooray!
Here is the entire book, you can read it all online. But I also noticed as I was documenting the pages that taking pieces of many of the pictures out of context yielded fascinating results. The following is a selection of extreme closeups from my book.
I haven’t been doing much lately, but I sketched this the other day for a friend. I don’t use pink very much at all, so I thought “what the hell.” I’m sure this young man doesn’t like being drawn in pink though.
This quote from Myra Hindley struck me. (She ripped off Yeats.) She tried to justify the Moors Murders as an attempt to explore the foul rag and bone shop cellars of her mind. I found the phrase (and her appropriation of it) to be suitably disgusting for her.
No collages for the past couple of days due to Life Happening.
Apologetically I offer you Betty White (Golden Girls, Lake Placid, etc) in bondage gear. This is an original work, done for a friend, and since it does not belong anywhere else it shall have its home here in Mute Elation.