We celebrated another birthday while we were home and I made a real quick Hell Boy card for them. I drew it out on my SurfacePro 3, printed it on cardstock, then added some extra shading, a speech bubble, and the tail I forgot. I think we put “Wishing you a dynamite birthday!” inside. Here’s a version of the original printed graphic before I made those fixes.
Monthly Archives: November 2018
This was a present I made for our friend’s adorable bundle of cuteness, Emerson. His first birthday is in a few weeks and we were home for the weekend so we decided to deliver it early. It’s a pretty big deviation from my old designs for name shelves (here|here|here|here) but this one won’t cover the name when you use it and has a bunch of different places to put things. The large letter is designed to unscrew from the back so they can easily finish it however they would like. I previously teased this new design here. Some process photos below.
I usually do a single post with all my inktober doodles in a final gallery, but I thought this year I would lead off with all the tools I used. Clockwise from top left:
- Custom sketchbook cover by Batsugan leather
- Canson 5.5 x 8.5 sketchbook
- Rotring 600 0.5mm mechanical pencil
- Pentel brush pen (did the lion’s share of the inking)
- Sakura Pigma Micron 005 pen (used for fine details and some shading)
- Sakura Gelly Roll white pen
- Pentel 0.5mm blue pencil lead
- Pocket sized memo pad
One of my many horrible drawing habits is not trying to figure out what I’m drawing before diving in. Many artists do multiple thumbnails and then various rough sketches on light tables to lock down the composition before starting to work out fine details. To curb this impulse, I started at least doing tiny gesture sketches in a pocket sized memo pad before starting in my sketchbook. I feel it has helped me get a better idea of what I’m trying to capture.
Here’s the gallery of all this year’s inktober doodles.