Thursday, November 29, 2012

More Thanksgiving Drawings…

Here's my drawings from the Thanksgiving Day prompts. We were so porked on turkey that day. Wow. All I wanted to do was sit and stare into space. Angela kept saying, "So let's draw something." I kept saying, "Okay." Then she'd ask, "What should we draw?" I would think about it and stare off into space. Then we'd do a rerun. That's about right, isn't it, Angela? Finally, she asked Abe for a prompt.
Duck with Funny Hat, brushed by Anita
 When we started to draw, I didn't have my pen, and was going to use a ballpoint. Angela let me try her portable brush. Normally, I don't use a brush for this sort of drawing. I use a Rapidograph. I like them. Brushes are a different experience. But I did use the brush for the duck and the badger. Obviously, I should use a brush more often, so I can draw exactly what's in my head, and do a bit better job at it.
The Knickered Badger, brushed by Anita
 The title of this drawing sounds like it might be some kind of a clothing store, maybe one that sells lingerie, one that rivals Victoria's Secret perhaps, even. That brush though. I wish I had a pen in hand. I do watercolor with a brush, even detailed watercolor, but for these drawings I would prefer a #0 Rapidograph for most of the work.
When Turtles Fly, penned by Anita
So I would quit my whining, Angela loaned me her brand new Rapidograph pen. Mine are maybe 20 years old. I loved them then and I love them now. I even like cleaning them, except for when I have to meet with a client within two days of that. The ink is not too hard to clean off your hands, but the stuff under the fingernails gets a little embarrassing after a few days. If I wore those thin rubber gloves, my hands would stay clean. There's a box of them in my work closet, but I rarely remember to wear them until after I'm finished cleaning. I did quit whining though, and drew the flying turtle. I'll probably put a background on it later. 

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Thanksgiving drawings

At Thanksgiving, Anita and I took some time to draw suggestions from Abe, Jim, and Isaac. In no particular order we have:
Badger in Knickers, as suggested by Abe.
 Duck in a hat, as suggested by Abe.
 Turtle with wings, as suggested by Jim (I think).

Friday, November 16, 2012

Ink Tub: The Show and the Workshop

This is your opportunity to be at the first Ink Tub art show in the history of the world. Also, if you have any inklings at all about making comics, or collaborating with another artist or writer, you might seriously consider taking Sunday's workshop, which will be a thrilling hands-on experience with each participant walking away with their own original mini-comic. 

Join the artists for a few minutes or stay for the entire six hours. Come see the artworks. Seattle-based artist Angela Boyle and her mother, Bellingham artist Anita K. Boyle, have been doing quick drawings in ink for the Ink Tub blog, and decided to show some of them and more during this all inclusive show of their work. In addition to the ink drawings, you'll see everything from mini-comics and watercolor illustrations to prints, photos and much more. Angela is a full-time technical writer, and a full-time freelance comic illustrator. Anita is a graphic designer, poet and artist. 
Mini-Comic Book Workshop: 

Super Collaborators: The Making of Comics
DATE: Sunday, November 18, 2012
TIME: 10am to 3pm
COST: $35 
INSTRUCTORS: Angela Boyle and Abe Olson
TO REGISTER: Please call Angela Boyle or Abe Olson at 425-773-3099, or Anita at 360-398-7870.
Collaboration is a huge challenge, but unavoidable in today’s comics industry. Seattle comic book collaborators Angela Boyle and Abe Olson will talk about their experiences working together as writer, artist, and publisher on over fourteen comics and a web comic through their Flying Dodo Publications enterprise. During this fun workshop, you will learn techniques for collaborating with other artists and writers, and will leave with your own brand new, original, mini-comic book, ready to make more. 

Friday, November 9, 2012

Late Night Sketches

These are two quick sketches I made last night, late, just before I went to sleep. They took less than fifteen minutes, I think, and were made using a couple ball point pens, and maybe a pencil. The pens run out of ink. I grab another one. We have enough ball point pens in the house to last us the rest of our lives. Jim picked a lot of them up on campus, and brought them home, one at a time. But a pencil is always good, right down to the nubs. If the tip breaks and I don't have a sharpener near, the wood can always be peeled back to expose some more graphite. Whatever works.

Hands Down
The first drawing is of the type that just falls out of my head while listening to the sound of pen against paper. Who knows where they come from or where they'll go. The little rabbits? I guess they are rough character sketches for a story I might do. The story has them scared quite often, which is normal for a rabbit, I'd guess.
Scared Rabbits
After I finished these two drawings, I fell asleep. They are like bedtime stories, but different. I can see that they could use some work on a couple of things, though I know I could do much worse if I put my mind to it.


Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Nadine Watercolor Test

A test painting I did of Nadine for Cob. I love everything but the dress. She looks a bit like a line backer. Back to the dress drawing board.

Saturday, November 3, 2012


Some practice heads for a comic I am working on. These are the main characters, Nadine and Cob. This is one of my longer stories, working title Cob. I will feature sketches for the story here.
Cob heads - probably sticking with the first one.
 Nadine practice heads - trying to pick a hair style. Probably going with the one on the right of the second row.