Inktober-Day 2


The Wicked Witch of the West

I decided to go with the Wicked Witch for today’s Inktober drawing after seeing some other drawings on Instagram for the month challenge.  The artists had made a list of subjects for each day of this month and witches was one of them.  I instantly thought of this beauty and decided to go with it.

Ink and ink wash

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Inktober-Day 1


Alright, it is day 1 of the Inktober month of ink drawing that is happening on the internet.  I had heard of this project from the videos that artist, Jake Parker has on YouTube(which I highly recommend subscribing to).  But, I have never participated in it before.  I do love drawing with ink and using ink in washes for my drawings.  This seems like as good a time as ever to jump in.  I feel like I need to do something like this after the 30 days of painting last month.  Now I have the problem of figuring out what I will be drawing this month.  One thing I knew I wanted to do was draw skulls.  That will probably be a main element in a bunch of this month’s pieces.  With October being known for being a spooky month, I should throw in a bunch of monsters.  I would also like to continue some of the pin-up style females that I thought came out well last month.  Which leads us to today’s drawing.

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Masters of the Universe

Masters of the Universe

Ok, so this movie is not considered to be a classic.  Far from it.  But, I do have great fondness for it.  I was a big fan of He-Man from early on in my childhood.  I still remember getting my first He-Man figure right before I started kindergarten.  I loved the toys and the comic books and was also big into the cartoon.  I’m not sure what it is about this property that really grabs me.  While it has some awesome looking characters, like Skeletor, you also get some really lame characters, like Orko.  I am able to take the good with the bad when it comes to this property.  The original cartoon series can sometimes be a little hard to watch and people love to bash all the reused animation that the animation company, Filmation, used in every episode.  I think the look of the cartoon is very strong and still looks really clear and appealing.  And in the early 2000s a new company came out with a new cartoon series that was fantastic and one of my favorite animated series.

What is the thing about this property that makes me excited and wanting to do some art from it or why do I still read the comics and watch the shows and movie?

It’s the fantasy.  The history and the setting and fantasy of the world of Eternia is a huge part of it for me.  And I’m hoping to come back to this subject soon.  I decided to start off with the movie that came out in 1987, Masters of the Universe.  It stars Dolph Lundgren as He-Man.  Like most  movies based on a pre-existing property, Hollywood decided to make changes and alter the looks of characters, which is almost always hard for a fan to deal with.  But, enough time has past and I can now just watch the movie and do some drawings of these versions and just enjoy.

As for this drawing itself, I wanted to do a pencil drawing that was a fully finished pencil drawing, focusing on tone and technique.  I was listening to an interview with the artist, Allen Williams who does these crazy awesome pencil drawings and that really inspired me to try doing just a pencil drawing.  I’m planning on doing a second piece that is the villains from the movie.  A part of me does really want to paint these though…

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Pixar Bound-Finding Nemo, Day 3

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Two more days until the new Pixar movie, Finding Dory comes out, and we have one more day of character design studies of Finding Nemo to go after this batch.  My personal favorite out of this group is this last one of this tough looking fish by artist Peter de Seve.

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Pixar Bound-Finding Nemo, Day 1

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Today’s post is the start of a new series of posts for this blog.  The main theme is about Pixar.  My goal is to work at Pixar and that is the reason I have been pushing myself to do more artwork and post more online.  I am a huge fan of of the Pixar way of creating movies, where story is the main thing that drives each project.  They don’t focus on what’s bankable or what is going to sell the most toys.  They want to tell great stories.  I love that about them.  And I want to be a part of that process.  I want to be able to help work on projects that millions will see and connect with and that will stand the test of time.  Imagine what it would be like for the people who worked on the original Snow White.  Working so many hours, not knowing if the movie would be completed, if the budget would fall apart, or if anyone would even want to see a feature length animated movie.  And for it to come out and be an amazing work of art that still resonates today.  That’s what I want to be a part of.  I feel like Pixar is the place that is trying to do that same thing.

With Finding Dory coming out this week, I’m posting some pages of notes I did from the Art of Finding Nemo book.  From interviews I have read or listened to from employees at Pixar, one constant is that they say to look at their art of books and see what they look for.  So, I’ve stocked up my book shelves with these books and Finding Nemo is the first one I went in depth on.  As I read the book I was sketching the drawings in it, along with any quotes that appealed to me in a small sketch book.  Here is a batch of some of these pages.

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Next to each design drawing I tried to put the name of the person who did the original drawing.  I will be going more into some of the character designers that worked on the film, especially the ones who’s work really appeals to me, in later posts.

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Wrapping up this week of X-Men, with our fourth character, Apocalypse.   He is the big baddie of the new film, X-Men: Apocalypse.  He is a time travelling Egyptian God who wants to take over the world.  Just another day at the office for the X-Men.  In the movie he is played by Oscar Isaac.  The final version of this piece was drawn with ink and painted in Photoshop.

Here is the line art-

Apocolypse line

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