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  • Day 3! I feel like I really hit my stride today. I didn't bite off more than I could chew (as in struggling to finish in the same day) and I switched it up and went to what has become my favorite art tool combination, my nib holder with a g-pen nib and my speedball ink.

    As for the picture itself, you may be able to guess, but I'm not following the prompts for Inktober. I have some projects I'd like to put some time in on and this is one of them. After I finish Mr. Bearis, this is my next story. I don't know if it'll be a graphic novel, manga or possibly a game (maybe some combination?), but that's the plan.

    I have to say though that I'm really pleased with this. I think this is the best thing I've ever done up until now and it gets closer than anything else to the style I want to be doing.
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  • I make woodblock prints....some Japanese style. This would be a perfect candidate. Great job.

  • @andyg Thanks! That would be a very cool thing to do some woodblock prints! I'm going to keep going in this direction today.

  • @jazeps-tenis hey! Your work has a great feeling of the artwork from the old Winnie the Pooh pen and ink illustrations, and the piece you mentioned was ambitious, I think you pulled it off nicely. Your Japanese samurai character has good sense of movement energy in it which I always find hard to do, if I had to offer a small nit pick to it it would only be that he feels like he is floating due to there being no shadow or ground plane under him.

    Can't wait to see what you post next. πŸ™‚

  • @bursaroo Thanks! I couldn't remember what the Pooh illustrations looked like, but I do like those a lot. I saved some to my Pinterest board! With the Shiba samurai, I started with a gesture line and thought in terms of stored up energy like a spring. That seemed to help. I'm normally too stiff in my drawings too, but I'm trying to loosen up. Though I have to admit that I like a little stiffness over the more overly exaggerated styles. Maybe something in the range of Arthur Rackham or John Bauer.

    I think your criticism is a very fair one. I feel the same way looking at it now, but I think I had been working at too long a stretch and was losing perspective by the end. I'll definitely try to be mindful of that going forward. πŸ˜ƒ

  • @jazeps-tenis I can, for sure, see you rackham influence. I dig it!

  • Really fun stuff! Looking forward to more.

  • Day 4! Samus Returns!

    I figured it was time for some fan art. Yesterday went so smoothly with my Shiba piece, but today was pretty much the opposite. I spent maybe a couple hours just wrestling with my sketch and even then, I couldn't quite fix the problems. It's probably a mileage thing more than anything.

    Once I got to the inking, the first three passes went pretty good, but then I noticed a big problem that I had overlooked. The hand was pushing off of a rock originally, but I somehow missed that the way that I had drawn the rock, it was several feet at least behind her. There was no way her hand could be resting on it and it just looked awkward. I spent most of the rest of my time going in with white ink trying to fix the issue as best I could, but that kind of threw off my planning for this piece.

    Also, I really need to scale back the scope of my work for Inktober. I spend so much time on these and other things need my attention. I love doing it, but I'm not even close to being a working artist yet, so the art has to give way to the practicalities of life. Hopefully that won't always be the case.

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  • Day 5!

    I scaled down today. Just a simple sketch. More like a concept really. This is actually from a game I intend to make which is of course called "A Patch to Call His Own." It's a side-scroller about a rabbit going on a journey in search of a place to call home.

    On the art side, this only took a few minutes as opposed to several hours like the rest, so that's more manageable. I am planning at least one much bigger piece for the end of Inktober, so in part I'm trying to free up time on the daily work to work on that one. I have some other ideas too like inking a manga/graphic novel page, but I suspect that'll happen after Inktober. We'll see!

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  • @jazeps-tenis love this

  • @andyg Thanks! I'm going to experiment a bit more with a flatter approach like John Bauer. I figure it's a good occasion to try some things.

  • @jazeps-tenis I’m kinda doing the same thing. Using it to promote my Patreon, and by seeing what the peeps here vote and comment on determine what level of detail really grabs people. It’s a great time to experiment....I seem to be creating a load of pugs. No idea why, it just happened!

  • Great work so far!

  • @andyg It's definitely a great opportunity for that! I like your pug drawings a lot! I haven't quite decided what I'm doing today yet, but I might do studies of trees or mountains. Not very exciting for the viewer maybe, but useful for me as the artist.

  • @nowayme Thanks! πŸ˜ƒ

  • Day 6!

    I started out today doing some ink studies of moss and rocks and bark and that was going to be my thing for today, but I felt the urge to do something more narrative, so I slapped this together over about 15 minutes or so. I'm pretty happy with it. I pushed my values by going heavier with my hatching lines and was able to experiment with some things like the clouds in the background. I even included Mr. Bearis' sword as a nod to today's prompt. πŸ˜‰ And I have to say, I really enjoy these vignette style pieces. I like that they just kind of drift off at the edges, unconstrained.

    Great job to everyone participating in Inktober so far. I'm loving the work I'm seeing! πŸ˜ƒ

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  • @jazeps-tenis you know what i like about your work? i can tell you are telling yourself a story about whats happening in your images as you draw them

  • @bursaroo That's a high compliment to me because I only picked up the art when I was 30 (34 now), but I've been at it with the storytelling in some form since I was 13. It's always been my goal to tell stories visually, but for various reasons the mediums I was working in never quite clicked together. Drawing means I can tell any story no matter how ambitious, if only I develop the artistic skill to do it. I love that about illustration.

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