These are last batch of drawings that I did for the Inktober challenge. As if doing the drawings themselves was not hard enough, posting on my site became a problem too. But, even if I did not post them all daily here, they were completed one for each day. And I did make 31 ink drawings this week, one each day. For this batch I was trying to just do some portraits. Day 26 are the two Han Solo drawings(top row-middle and right). I wanted to try out 2 different styles off the same photo reference. The middle was completed with using very few ink lines and the shading was achieved with markers. The Han on the right was all line work going for a more comic book version. the top left drawing was day 27’s piece of Alice Cooper. This one was completed quickly on my lunch break, that left me enough time to lay in the solid blacks and to tone it with pencil. Bottom left is a drawing of Vincent Price for Day 28. This another marker drawing but I went in with some more ink line work than I did on the Han drawing. I am trying to hit that happy medium. Bela Lugosi on the bottom right is for day 29. Very scratchy and another quick drawing for that day.
Day 30 is another little portrait with markers of Boris Karloff from The Mummy.
And this leads us to the last drawing of Inktober, from the fantastic Vincent Price movie, The Abominable Dr Phibes. It is a ink and ink wash drawing.
This was another month straight of daily artwork and it has been grueling doing this along with working my day job. I feel like I need to keep the momentum going and do more daily drawing but I’m pretty sure I can’t keep it up. I will be trying to complete some more complex work this month. I want to take some more time with my art. I also want to get back to some of the fundamentals and work on some anatomy studies. I also plan on some painting time. I will be posting most of these studies on Facebook and Instagram and cherry picking some of the drawings for this blog.
When I’m feeling like everything is going wrong and I question if I’m just wasting my time by doing art, I go back to drawing monsters. And the classic monsters are my favorites to draw. This is the first ink drawing that I’ve done in a while that I’m pretty happy with. For fun I also scanned the pencil drawing before the inks.
A little more than a week left in the 30 days and we are witnessed to a man who fears the full moon and when the wolfsbane blooms. Larry Talbot, who is better known as the Wolfman, is the subject of today’s painting. Lon Chaney is the actor who portrays the monster. And he is the only actor to play the same character in all of the Universal Studio monster movie sequels.
Since the movie was shot is black and white I thought I would also post the ink wash version of this before any watercolor paint was added.
From painting beauties for the last 6 days, to painting a beast.
This is a gouache painting of Frankenstein’s monster from the Universal Studios classic film, staring Boris Karloff. I’m not sure I’m completely happy with the results of this because of the gouache paints. Especially after using watercolors for the last week. I really enjoyed using watercolors, but, I think I will stick with gouache for a few more this week.
One full week of paintings completed!! Now on to week two!
After doing a portrait of Bela Lugosi as Dracula on day 4, I knew I would have to include the actor who is probably the most well known of the classic monster characters, Boris Karloff. You can not mention or think about Frankenstein’s monster and not think of Karloff under the makeup. But as an actor, Karloff has a huge resume of great roles. And, I have drawn and painted several renditions of Karloff as The Monster, this made me decide to just do a portrait of the man, not one of his monster movie characters. As I did this painting I was listening to a great album that Karloff narrates about the classic Universal Horror movies. It’s called “An Evening With Boris Karloff And Friends”. Here is a link so you can listen to both sides of the record.