I recently discovered Copic markers. They’re a type of art marker that popular among manga artists. Yes, I’m out of the loop. I liked the results I’ve seen achieved by others so I thought I’d give them a try.
They’re fun to work with but they don’t have that lovely toxic smell that old school markers exude.
Most of the drawings that I’ve posted this month were done in early 2015. Today’s entries are from (I think) 2013. All drawings are practice for the next one but I do some with a specific purpose. I’m not sure for what purpose these were done however. I found them in one of my computer files while looking for other images. I’m guessing that I was trying out a new pen. And, possibly, seeing how much I could improve in the inking process.
I haven’t worked with photographs much when I create illustrations. I use them occasionally when I need to understand certain poses better or if I’m drawing an animal that I’m not familiar with. (I should use photos more often even with animals I think I’m familiar with! I’ve gotten some pretty obvious things wrong.) In the course of our discussions, that writer friend (who I’ve been discussing creating a graphic novel with) suggested that I use photos to create more detailed backgrounds. In this case we were discussing doing a period story and using photos that were in public domain.
I’m willing to try (almost) anything once (assuming I’ve got the time and resources (digress much?)). So he sent me some photos of early 1920s Los Angeles. I liked this one and worked up an illustration using it as the base.
I like the composition but the results are flatter than I intended. Practice, practice.
There are things that go bump in the night. There are things that bump them back. It’s not safe to assume that the second kind is any more friendly than the first.
A writer friend and I have, over the last couple of years, played with different ideas for graphic novels. So far we haven’t come up with one that works for both of us.This is one of those. No biggie. Part of the fun is the playing.