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!

Noir-Book-Cover

 

 

 

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:

 

Noir-Book-Cover

 

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:

joshhagen_alienspaceman

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.

joshhagen_muckman

 

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.

joshhagen_floatingaway

 

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!

Boogie Alien

The votes are in!  And my next post will be………..The Boogie Alien sculpt progress photos!

joshhagen_boogiefirst

 

This was a faster sculpt for me as I had the initial idea in my head and I had to get it down in clay as soon as possible.  It actually just started off as the head and chest kind of like this:

joshhagen_boogiefront

 

I didn’t have the idea of incorporating a big mouth and feet when I started it.  That just kind of came about as I went along.  Not really a conscious decision.  It just felt like it would be fun and look cool.

It was all done in regular super sculpey mixed with a bit of fimo black and white.  Mainly because I wanted to change the tone of the grey.  Just a personal choice.

The reason I went with regular super sculpey and not super sculpey firm is that I really wanted to get my idea down in clay and I felt the firmer clay would slow me down:

 

joshhagen_boogierough1 joshhagen_boogierough2 joshhagen_boogierough3 joshhagen_boogierough4

 

After I got the sculpt to where I wanted it – and yes, I could have kept working on it.  But I liked where it was.  Not pristine, sure.  But I liked where it was.  My idea was there and it had a nice personality to it.  I could have worked on it and worked on it and smoothed it out to death, but that’s not what I wanted out of this sculpt.

Anyways, after I got it where I wanted it, I baked it and sanded it down:

joshhagen_boogieplain1 joshhagen_boogieplain2 joshhagen_boogieplain3 joshhagen_boogieplain4

 

After the sculpture was sanded down I came up with a paint scheme.  The color inspiration I had was from a caterpillar.  Painted in acrylic with brushes and a clear coat finish:

joshhagen_boogiepainted1 joshhagen_boogiepainted2 joshhagen_boogiepainted3 joshhagen_boogiepainted4

 

And there you have it!  How the Boogie Alien came about.  He was a lot of fun to work on.  It was one of those projects that was enjoyable from start to finish.

Tomorrow I’ll return with another ink illustration.  Stay tuned!

joshhagen_boogielast

 

 

Skull Light

This one was an exercise in light and texture.  That’s what I knew going in before I came up with the subject matter.  Eventually I came up with the idea of a skull with the back of its cranium open and a ball of light inside it.  Everything sort of evolved from there.  It became more design based with the curve of the horn and the ‘tongue.’

I think this is one that I would like to come back to.  It feels like a piece that I could do again and do more with it the second time around.

joshhagen_skulllight

 

Another piece done in 01 micron pen, brush pen, and ink wash.  The spheres and highlights were done in acrylic.  And once again the wet paper towel makes an appearance for the texture.

Tomorrow I will either show another ink piece or photos of my Boogie Alien sculpt.  Let me know if anyone has a preference!