Diary Comic – Bookstore Woes

 

I’ve managed to get out another diary comic this week. When I started inking it I left off the borders and I think it actually works nicely that way. Below is the sketch of the comic so you can see my process a little bit. I’m trying to get in a lot of comics practice right now because I’m working on a new, spooky all-ages comic for a project over at Illopond.com. That being said, if you have any critiques please pass them along! I have thick skin, I promise.

 

 

I’ve also been working with my character design for the spooky story (the working title is The Detention). I’m working on getting my protagonist just right so I thought I’d post a few more sketches of him for Sketchbook Month.

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Sketchbook Month – Day 28

 

Today’s sketches for Sketchbook Month are some character sketches I’m working on. I’m creating a spooky comic story for a new Anthology over at Illopond. I think I’m getting close with the one in the lower right, but I’m still working on it.

Barnum & Bailey: After Hours

Yesterday I put the finishing touches on the skate deck I’ve been illustrating fo the Montana Skatepark’s On Deck Auction. This was the first time I’ve done anything with a skate deck so it was a great challenge. You can bid on the deck’s up for auction in early April, I believe and the opening reception will be May 6th. If you’re in the area, please check it out!

I know it’s a bit tough to see, but here are the pencils that I started with. I’m not an amazing photographer, as you may have guessed.

 

Then I started inking using a dip pen and india ink. What my ink test on the other side of the deck didn’t tell me was that the ink was going to have a tendency to bead up on the slick surface.

Despite that, I decided that I liked the rough look it gave the drawing and just went with it.

Drawing in proper perspective was a huge challenge on a surface that’s curved in more places that you might think. And photographing it properly was really tough. If anyone knows how to turn this into a digital line drawing, please get in touch! I’d love to sell this as a print as well.

Sketchbook Month – Day 24

Today’s sketch for Sketchbook Month is brought to you by our little post-neuter whippet puppy. He’s been making a giant fuss about wearing his cone and he finally slept in it this morning which will hopefully lead to a smoother night tonight.

Sketchbook Month – Days 22 & 23

Here are a few little character sketches I did and below is the first character cuddling with a polar bear.

 

Doing a sketch a day has been harder than I expected! I do so much drawing that’s not just for fun that it’s difficult sometimes to make my brain relax and just draw random stuff. This should prove to be a good exercise and hopefully I’ll keep up the habit as much as I can.

Currently, I’m finishing up the skate deck I’ve been working on, finishing up an illustration for the Village Voice (yay!), and working on a few personal projects. Also, you can now find my work over at Creative Boom in their LookBook.

Sketchbook Month – Day 21

I’ve been terrible at keeping up with Sketchbook Month lately. I’ve been drawing a lot, but mostly sketches for other projects that I don’t want to show until I’m finished. This sketch is for a personal project I’m working on.

Sketchbook Month – Day 16

 

Today I decided to post my sketch for the Montana Skatepark’s On Deck auction. I volunteered to decorate one for the auction. I’m not really into skate culture and have never decorated a skate deck, so it’s an interesting challenge.

With this one I was putting way too much pressure on myself since I knew lots of people would see it and it would be auctioned off. I’m finally happy with my plan for this circus performer happy hour. I was already excited about the illustration and then I added the drunk circus master which really brought everything together for me. Sometimes one little thing can make a big difference. I’ll be posting some process photos once it’s finished, which will probably be next week.

Sketchbook Month – Day 15

 

I’m so behind on Sketchbook Month! Lately I’ve noticed a lack of variety in the people I draw, so I’m trying to practice drawing lots of different faces in all styles and shapes.

Diary Comic 3/11/11: Stranahan’s

 

I’ve been trying to find the time to do some diary comics now and then. My husband hasn’t been giving me enough fodder for “CPK”  (which is probably better for him!) so I’m going to supplement them with these. The whole point is get practice with comics and find my voice and storytelling style anyway.

Last week we were lucky enough to be chosen in the Stranahan’s Colorado Whiskey lottery to help bottle the whiskey. This is expensive stuff and we were almost out of after-dinner drinks so the timing was perfect.

Sketchbook Month – Day 9 and 10

 

The end of this week got away from me, so I’m behind on my sketches! Here are sketches for Day 9 and Day 10. The good news is that I may have a little diary comic to post later today.