INKtober Day 13: Monday The Slug

For my Day 13 submission of INKtober, I present to you Monday the Slug.

INKtober Day 14: Monday The Slug.

INKtober Day 14: Monday The Slug.

Monday doesn’t like the day of the week he es named for any more than we do. Saying you have “a case of the Mondays” when he is around will hurt his feelings.

Monday could use a hug.

INKtober Day 12: Happy Birthday To Me

In the past few years I’ve had a tradition of drawing a skull or a cupcake in my coworkers’ birthday cards that were passed around at the office. For my own birthday, and Day 12 of INKtober, I decided to do a skull cupcake…

INKtober Day 12: Happy Birthday To Me

INKtober Day 12: Happy Birthday To Me

Skull cupcake inking, before coloring.

Skull cupcake inking, before coloring.

I broke in the soft Maru pen nib for the inking. It’s a very versatile nib. I am still coming to grips with how these pens are so versatile in their line widths, etc.
Today I was at Flying Colors Comics with my husband, and I got into a conversation with one of the guys who works there about comic inking. He gave me the names of some artists to check out wth their techniques.
I’m not a comic geek like my husband is, but it’s a lot of fun to go into the comic stores and be able to talk to the experts about how comics are created. I did a lot of flatting and some color work a long time ago, and did some freelance color correcting for Viz in San Francisco… I have fun with the behind the scenes things.

INKtober Day 11: “Güb”

Güb is a moster I crocheted that my husband took over. He suggested to me that I make a “Finked” version of Güb for my Day 11 submission for INKtober.

INKtober Day 11: Güb

INKtober Day 11: Güb

Yeah, my Day 11 submission is a little late, but hey, it’s my birthday! I was out at the Swanx Fall Fiasco, then to Benicia where I met up with more of my family for dinner. Since October 12 is my actual birthday, I’m going to have something fun for my Day 12 submission!

INKtober Day 10: We Are ALL Mad Here!

So many rendered versions of the trickster from Alice in Wonderland, known as the Cheshire Cat, from sweet and cuddly to downright homicidal looking… I had to add my interpretation to the mix for Day 10 of INKtober.

INKtober Day 10: "We Are ALL Mad Here!"

INKtober Day 10: “We Are ALL Mad Here!”

This drawing is the first time I tried the Tachikawa brand inking pens. Used the spoon nib for all of the inking, and Speedball India ink. A lot more time consuming than using the Pigma Microns, but Oh the versatility of the line widths!

When I was in high school I used to do a lot of pen and ink drawing, but the quality of the pen nibs was substandard by comparison! I had access to one standard size nib and a crowquill pen for the fine lines. Last time I tried to use steel pen nibs for inking I had grabbed some of the Speedball nibs, and they sucked. I have a lot to learn about inking, but now I have good tools to work with. I still want to try brush inking but Winsor Newton Series 7 watercolor brushes are kinda pricey and hard to come by. Ah well, someday.

INKtoberDay 9: Monstrous Artist’s Block

Ever have one of those days where everything is an exercise in frustration? Yeah, it’s been like that.

The frustration translated itself into a monstrous dose of artist’s block, so I translated it into a monster for my INKtober Day 9 submission.

INKtober Day 9: Monstrous Artist's Block

INKtober Day 9: Monstrous Artist’s Block

INKtober Day 8: MY Flying Eye

My submission for INKtober Day 8 is a design I’ve been playing with for a while… my interpretation of the Flying Eye symbol.

Though he didn’t create the symbol, legendary artist and pinstriper Kenneth Howard, aka Von Dutch, made the Flying Eye “his” with the graphic he created.

This is my version of the Flying Eye. The wings and feathers are made out of pinstripers’ paint brushes.

INKtober Day 8: MY Flying Eye.

INKtober Day 8: MY Flying Eye.


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