Here are two recent drawings I created. One is a fun pirate drawing I made during a meeting and the other is an alien mercenary I created when I was sketching over the weekend.
My buddy Mike convinced me to give InkTober a try. Every October there is a drawing challenge to make one ink drawing a day the entire month. An illustrator by the name of Jake Parker created InkTober in 2009 as a challenge to improve inking skills and develop positive drawing habits. I might fall short of thirty one drawings, October is a busy month for me. I’m posting two this first time.
I illustrated one of the Pig Guards from Jabba the Hutt’s Palace in Return of the Jedi. These big pig men are called Gamorrean guards. My brother thinks they are out of place in the Star Wars universe. They look like they escaped from one of J. R. R. Tolkien’s books. I have to agree with him. However, they easily lend themselves to cartooning because they already look cartoonish. The Gamorrean guards are in Ralph McQuarrie’s wonderful original concept artwork for Return of the Jedi.
Here is another one of my Star Wars fan illustrations. This one is of a Tusken Raider. Also referred to as Sand People they are indigenous to the planet Tatooine. Moreover, Sand People always ride single file to hide their numbers. I’m looking forward to watching the new J.J. Abrams Episode VII later this week.
This is a drawing of characters from my science fiction comic. I hope to one day post my comic online. I was looking at some of the artist Mark Schultz’s work and came up with the idea for this drawing. Mr. Schultz’s work is staggeringly beautiful. I have always admired his black and white drawings of classic adventure themes. He creates such painstaking work of pure splendor! Pure splendor I say! I believe my drawing has some issues and fell short of pure splendor, but I’m posting it anyway.
I learned a better way to color black and white line art in Photoshop from watching a tutorial. Once the illustration was done, I used the watercolor filter on the image to help darken the blacks and unite the colors. I still could fix a few areas, but the illustration is acceptable. I’m more content with the black and white drawing… maybe I’ll come around to this flat coloring process. I learned enough from this illustration and it should look better the next time I try the process. The two characters are some of my comic book characters. I think they did Cookie Monster in and are wearing his fur!