Every October I like to do some sort of drawing challenge. 2013 and 2014 were digital art challenges. 2015 through 2019 have been ink challenges. Often I like to have a theme, as in 2018 when I did all SCP Foundation related drawings. This year I did a Magnus Archives drawing challenge!
I didn’t get 31 drawings done, I the only years I managed to do so were 2013, 2014 and 2018. But I still had a lot of fun doing it. Here are the drawings I got done, captioned with the (awesome!!) Magnus Archives episodes they are based on. Continue reading
Yeah I was gonna post this what…on Halloween? As usual, I had shows and freelance jobs ruling my life and those are deadlines I can’t budge on. But hey! Better late than never, right?
On a side note, all of the original works are available as 4×6 and 8×10 prints on request. Just email me at email@example.com and we’ll set it up.
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.
Just sketches that came out of a job I’m currently doing. It’s always fun to experiment with some unremarkable photo you have and mess with all the settings until you end up with something terrifying like this! I might develop them either for Night Gallery 2014 or for my upcoming Darkness reload, we’ll see.
This is an old drawing, soft pastel on black paper. The subject is the Big Bad Wolf from “Red Riding Hood,” after (mostly) consuming Grandmother and then slipping into her bed.
I still have this one around and it’s even creepier in person. Email me if you’re interested!
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…
…your mother probably doesn’t do purikura anyway, but it sounded good. So what’s purikura? Wikipedia says it better than I do:
In Japan, purikura (プリクラ) refers to a photo sticker booth or the product of such a photo booth. The name is a shortened form of the registered trademark Purinto Kurabu (プリント倶楽部). The term derives from the English print club. Jointly developed by Atlus and Sega, the first purikura machines were sold in July 1995.
—Wikepedia page “Photo booth”
Basically, you’re supposed to make pretty pictures of yourself and your giggling squad of girlfriends with “skin beauty” filters applied, little roses, sparkles and bubble stamps applied, and so on. …I believe there is more potential to the medium.
Dainty! I will be exploring it to the fullest in the months and years to come.
Incidentally I currently use the Deco Puri android app for my purikura travesties.
I like to take closeup photos sometimes of the design elements in everyday items all around us that often go completely unnoticed or overlooked. This one’s from an old plastic shower curtain that I think we got for 2 bucks somewhere and threw out once it got icky. But one day I noticed exactly how intricate and beautiful the pattern on the outer curtain was. Homed in on, it’s a pretty impressive work of pattern art!
I wonder who in heck designed it.
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.
More weird things you can do with phones! I like to mess with the Sketch filters on the Camera360 app to make weird comic-book panel looking still-lifes of the otherwise mundane objects in my house (all of which have been stacked in odd and disconcerting ways to try to keep them from my two-year-old).
I think that it wouldn’t be at all difficult to use a quick snapshot with one of these filters to stage and plan an actual comic background or composition. I’m always saying “at some point…” but at some point I do indeed plan to make a hybrid comic or art piece of some sort starting from one of these bright line-heavy photo/drawing chimeras.
Another sketch I made into a 4×6 print for the Earth Day art crawl. I’m definitely planning on adding a little gold ink to it. I changed the colors somewhat for the print.
This is a sketch warmup I did that I decided to try as a 4×6 print for Earth Day. I might make it a background or element for something else later, or ink or paint on it, haven’t decided yet. For the art crawl though I’ll just have the prints as they are.
At the time I made this post my book had not been uploaded to The Sketchbook Project’s digital library yet. I’ve updated the link in the original post, but I wanted to feature this work again since I haven’t spoken about it here since 2011. My sketchbook “Down My Street” helped me get back a great deal of my artistic momentum and it also helped me practice writing a compelling, coherent narrative over a long format. As one kind reader put it,
Hello there. There’s some lovely work on this site, but your sketchbook is probably the most absorbing one I’ve seen. I found the imagery and the stories fascinating, and liked the way you put notes at the back. It made reading it a second time, a different experience.
Thank you, Raccoon906!! Your art is awesome!
Sketch which I’m going to be turning into collage/decoupage on a wood panel for an upcoming show on Mythmaking! Kaguya Hime is a celestial princess who was a refugee from the moon in the early Japanese narrative, “The Bamboo Cutter’s Tale.”
I realize Sailor Moon and other more light-hearted stories have their genesis in this legend, but I tried to make my Moon Princess more sinister and enigmatic!
31 Day Sketch Challenge [October 2013]
All 31 days! This challenge originally ran on my tumblr and was updated daily or thereabouts with the final (of course) being on Halloween.
All of these images are screencaps of works in progress from the original comic The Killing of Dreams by Sandpaperdaisy.
EDIT: The full comic is now available on ComiXology, Amazon Kindle and IndyPlanet.
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.