KISS Tribute

I grew up a KISS fan in the 1970s. I was one of those kids that drew their faces all the time… I even created my own KISS “sculptures” in bakers clay and painted them. Funny thing is my mom kept those, and I have them. Sadly they’re the victims of moisture and time, but I will have to see what I can do to clean them up and photograph them as a throwback type of thing.

But for now, this…

KISS skulls

KISS skulls

I have had this concept kicking around in the back of my skull for a while. It was after doing the Sugar Skull during INKTober that I decided to do the KISS skulls in a similar way. Lots of fun with inking, watercolor, and re-acquainting myself with watercolor pencils. FUN!!

INKTober Day 22: Acherontia Atropos

Otherwise known as Death’s Head Hawkmoth. I learned tonight that there are three species of Death’s Head Hawkmoth… the Acherontia Atropos, which I based this drawing on, Acherontia Styx and Acherontia Lachesis. Fascinating!

INKTober Day 22: Acherontia Atropos (Death's Head Hawkmoth)

INKTober Day 22: Acherontia Atropos (Death’s Head Hawkmoth)

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 5: My Fascination

A little late on my Day 5 submission for InkTober.

InkTober Day 5: My Fascination

InkTober Day 5: My Fascination

I never get tired of drawing skulls. They fascinate me.

The skull contains and protects our brain, the most precious of our organs. Heart, lungs, kidneys, liver… with today’s medical advancements, can all be replaced. Our brains are such complex organs medicine and science are only beginning to scratch the surface in understanding them.

Our personality, our body’s function, our face, which is our outward appearance and how we recognize each other, our motor skills… all in the brain.

The skull itself is a work of art… so many planes, curves, shapes… morbid and creepy to some, even scary. Used as a recognizable symbol on a pirate’s flag, or a cautionary graphic to warn of poison, Ancient cultures hanging the skulls of their slain enemies as part of their decor, even dominant representation for Halloween, Day of the Dead, lends that eerie or frightening appeal to the skull.

But I see it as a beautifully sculpted set of bones that house the thing that is most precious to us all… our brain, without which we would not have a mind, or consciousness.