We Have a Winner!

After days of consideration our scientists researched up a winner – by pressing the ‘randomize’ button.

And the winner is…..**drum roll**…….Casie Trace of Macon, Georgia!  Congratulations Casie!!  Your prize is either being delivered by a fleet of F16s or the post office.  I forget which.

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I hope you enjoy your prize!

Casie is an excellent illustrator with some great artwork to check out.  I recommend taking a look at her websites.  There’s a ton of great stuff to see!:

http://www.casietrace.com/about/

http://casiesketches.wordpress.com

I had a lot of great feedback about this giveaway.  I think I’ll do it again when I reach another milestone as another thank you to everyone who checks out what I do.

I’ll be back to posting artwork soon.  It’s been a very busy couple of weeks and I’m playing a bit of catch up.

More to come!

 

New Moleskine Sketches

I’m hoping to announce the winner soon for the recent giveaway.  But in the meantime, I thought I would post a few moleskine sketches I’ve been working on.

This first one came about after a few things happened.  First off I wanted to do an image of a monster emerging from an enclosure or something that framed him in black.  Ended up being brush or a wooded area.  The actual pose and form came from looking at some Bernie Wrightson artwork.  There was an image of Man Thing if I remember correctly that has a similar pose and body shape.  I really dug it and wanted to play around with that and have some fun in this sketch:

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This one changed as I drew it.  Started out as a zombie with big warts or zits or something.  And ended up becoming a big messy demon with many bug-like eyes:

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And in this last piece, I wanted to draw a troll.  It was a real quick one to do and much of it was done with my brush pen to keep it loose.  I like it.  (That’s a pipe he’s holding – like I said, loose.  lol):

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More to come and soon I will announce the winner of the giveaway!

There can be only ONE!

We’ve reached 100 followers!  *throws confetti*  So this weekend I will be choosing a winner for the giveaway.  And just as a reminder, the winner shall be sent via mail a fee copy of “How to Draw Noir Comics – The Art and Technique of Visual Storytelling” by Shawn Martinbrough.  My copy has not been used by myself.  I mistakenly bought 2 copies of this book (I love my copy) and this one has been sitting on the shelf.  I bought it through an online bookstore so I believe it was handled once or twice, but it is in great condition.

Why this as a prize?  Well, much of my recent work, and a lot of my work over all, that I share on these posts have been illustrative, dealing with visual storytelling and many of which have been inked.  So I thought it fit the bill as an appropriate prize.

Who’s eligible?  This time around it will be only those in the continental United States.  It’s my first time doing this, so I’m dipping a toe in and not making it too difficult to get the prize to the winner.  Also, only the first 100 followers to my site are eligible for this first giveaway.

Over the weekend I will use my list of followers and assign a number down the list to everyone.  Then I will go to a random number generator online (maybe random.org?) and have it pick a number.  That person will win the prize!  I will then mail it out to that person.

And, if this all goes smoothly, I’ll be thinking of another giveaway down the line.

Stay tuned to see who won the prize!

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Giveaway Coming!

My humble little website is coming along.  I’m presently at 99 followers!  So, when I reach 100 followers I thought I would give back and do a giveaway for my first 100 followers.  When I do happen to reach 100 (hopefully soon – tell your friends!), I will do a random giveaway of a book that I enjoy.

The prize of this first giveaway will be , “How to Draw Noir Comics – The Art and Technique of Visual Storytelling” by Shawn Martinbrough.  A great book with lots of goodies within whether or not you work in inks.  The power of his visual storytelling techniques alone is worth picking up the book:

 

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The drumroll will soon begin when we break that 100 mark.

Stay tuned!

Alien Space Man

This is the last of the series that I did at the beginning of the month.  And I would say it was probably  the most loose.  And loose in that i really just went in without a plan and started playing around with shapes.  The alien space man ended up ‘appearing’ after some time working on the pencil roughs.  It’s a great method to come up with some unique and fun pieces.  If you’re ever stuck trying to come up with a new piece, try this out.  Just doodle on a page – big arm movements on that paper.  Keep on going until you start to see something in the shapes you’re doodling.

So, without further ado, here’s the Alien Space Man:

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Again, this was another piece that started in a pencil sketch, then 01 micron pen.  After that, it was a brush pen for the thicker lines and ink washes (with wet paper towels of course).  Lastly was the light sources and shiny areas that were done in acrylic.

I’m still playing around with the idea of a giveaway when I reach 100 followers.  I do have a book from my library that I would be interested in putting up as a prize.  More on that later.

Also, wordpress let me know that my website had its 3rd anniversary today!  Here’s to many more to come!

Beware the Muck-Man!

Okay, this one was a lot of fun!  I wanted to create a character/creature that looked like he was melting and gooey and bloated and just gross.  Or awesome depending on how to look at him.  I loved the curvy line work I gave to him and the boils on his forearms as well.  He’s kind of reminiscent of another piece of mine from years ago called “The Inside Out Man.”  A lot of the line work was done with a small paint brush and I really liked working that way for this piece.

After I finished him up I added the inky ‘stalactites’ and ‘stalagmites’ but it didn’t really look as good as I wanted it to.  I added some spattering with a toothbrush dipped in ink.  That helped a bit, but it just wasn’t there.  Lastly, I did my old ‘inky’ trick that I did in a series of pieces a year or two ago where I dripped ink and blew them into squiggly designs.  Had a nice effect and I think it worked out pretty well.  Kept it all organic as well which is my original idea behind this one.

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I have at least one more ready to go in this series and I’ll show that one off tomorrow.  I’m not sure what I’ll post after that one.  Maybe a give-away for reaching 100 followers when that happens?

Stay tuned!

Floating Away

The idea for this ink illustration was the idea of dark liquid floating away in zero gravity.  I had the idea that this character would have lost her arms or never had any and inky fluid floats out constantly from where her arms would be.  Originally I had another idea that her eyes would be the only light source.  But I changed that since I had just finished the Skull Light illustration and its theme was too similar to that idea.

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Her ‘horns’ came about as I felt the need for a texture contrast from the inky liquid.  And the long neck allowed me to continue the floating liquid up further without it dominating the overall look of the character.

So those are my thoughts behind it.  Had a lot of fun working on a new type of ink drawing for this series.

Another one coming tomorrow.  Stay tuned!