So I did this...

  • Taking a break from my Draw 50 Things piece (thanks to all for the great feedback, I will be getting back to it this weekend) I decided to try something different (style). I usually use my lines as a guide and paint over, this time I inked them. Yes I need work with inking and there are plenty of things wrong with it, but I wonder if I should explore this style more. Thoughts?


  • I'm doing the opposite. I usually rely on inks and now I'm trying to paint over my sketches.

    Looks good, though! I think having a hard-inked style in your repertoire is a good idea in general.

  • As you said, this piece isn't perfect but it's got a cool start. I think your textured painting style reminds me of Tom Lichtenheld so if you can nail the drawing you might be on to a style that's being published and you could make it your own. I tried doing this but realized my ink lines are just too heavy for what I want to do and I haven't figured out how to make it work yet. I've always been a pencil or charcoal artist but felt that was inferior so I tried splashing in color but it kicks my tail.

  • @jon-anderson If you havn't already check out the SVS video with Jake drawing and painting the red bunny on the bike. I watched it after I finished this one and it inspired me to try this style again and work at it. Sometimes I try something different and say "Nope". So I really only have stuck with two different styles that I feel comfortable with. But I notice that when I do things loose and not over rendered I get more people liking it.

  • @chip-valecek I think this illustration is fun and I'm enjoying their expressions and the details. I hope you don't mind the comparison, but it reminds me of the Simpsons a bit, and I really enjoy the Simpsons' style. The only issue I notice are the hard edges of the main characters and their vehicles, and the softness of the setting. I'm guessing that you did this intentionally to convey speed, but I think it would be more effective to continue the style of the main characters throughout.

  • @johanna-kim I did think about adding some line work in the background, good to know my initial thoughts were correct. Never second guess yourself I guess.

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