Wednesday, August 27, 2014

The Conqueror Igor

For the past couple weeks, I've been drawing all kinds of madness, nonsense, chaos, and shenanigans as I work on hammering out a new way of illustrating(I'm making slow, but sure, progress).  So this week I decided to jump back on the Illustration Friday wagon for the topic of "Skull".

This was the perfect opportunity for me to draw something in my wheelhouse, to draw my characters of Gunther the Owl and the Warrior Igor, and to pay tribute to the writing of Robert E. Howard, whose "Conan" stories inspired me to create Igor in the first place.

Truth be told, Igor is not smart enough to conquer much of anything, so this illustration is more of how he sees himself.  King by his own hand, as was his forefather, Conan.

(time for a shameless plug)
You can read about the Warrior Igor in my book "Rock and a Hard Place" by clicking HERE
and/or buy this illustration in print form by clicking HERE

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Slightly Less Than Historically Accurate

The parade of ridiculous drawings marches on.  My friend Phoebe made mention of my love of vikings and dinosaurs, so I decided to combine them... and add guns... and fake guns... 

The result is a drawing that is likely to be used in the dictionary next to the word "awesome".


Friday, August 22, 2014

Tyrannosaurus Rad

I've recently started playing around more seriously with grey ink markers to do black and white illustrations.  For the past couple weeks, I've been experimenting with them in all aspects: How to best apply grey tones, which markers/inks to use, process of drawing the actual page, realization that I have to go back to erasing(ugh), process of digital cleanup(that's the toughest part for me)...  But I like what I've been making.  I love that I'm spending more time working on paper than on a computer, I love the finished and clean artwork that exists on the page when I'm done, and I love the textured feel of the grey on my linework.

This week, I practiced by drawing a T-Rex on a skateboard... because that's what I do when I have the freedom to draw whatever I want.

This is the rough pencil of T-Rad.  I put bristol over top of this on the lightbox and draw a much cleaner, lighter pencil version on the bristol.  Then I ink over top of that, erase the pencils, and add the grey.

A few other greyscale drawings I've been working on in the past couple weeks: