It’s the 3rd time I’ve taken part in Twitters illustration collective – Animal Alphabets. It’s been a great way to practice, try new things and see all the amazing work produced by other creatives. The Monster Movie/Book Characters round has been suitably gloomy as I love dark art – it’s also been really hard as I have a picture book to finish! I’ve made some rather mediocre monsters at times – some that are definitely on my redraw list when I have the time. Here are my favourites so far. The rest can be seen with all the other entries here.
O is for Count Orlock (Nosferatu)
J is for Jack Skellignton
I’ve been thinking a lot about how I work. I used all kinds of references for these creatures – my tablet is full of photos, I follow many awesome artists and my book shelf is full of books. I think my Spectrum collection and my Japanese Comickers are probably the most inspiring set of books I own but then the postman brings me an Imagine FX once a month and it’s so full of awesome digital work I suddenly remember why I bought that graphics tablet. The tablet is barely used – I really will learn how at some point but I love working traditionally so much, maybe it was a massive waste. I really hope not but I think it was, deep down.
I need music when I work – I go through dreadful phases of being hooked on the same thing and then suddenly it’s all over and a new fad starts. Right now it’s anything Tokyo Ghoul – that season 1 opening theme! I just finished the anime (season 1 and 2) and I’m heartbroken. Not sure if it’s because it’s over for now or if the story was just so sad. I have started purchasing the Manga.
Bibliography and Inspiration
Spectrum Fantastic Arts
Music I listened to
Probably a lot of metalcore and goth – as is my way.
Tokyo Ghoul Season 1 – full song Unravel by TK
Tokyo Ghoul Season 1 Actual Intro with characters/art
“Spoopy” is an Internet slang word used to describe something that is comical and spooky at the same time. Originally seen on a photograph of a misspelled Halloween sign (source: Wikipedia)
Not sure if all of my Drawlloween submissions come under that but I like the word and that cute sort of humour, so spoopy it is. I guess disaster might be a good descriptive word for some of them – weirdly most of the ones I hated were the most popular. Pity points? Maybe?
Day 24 Ah, Hex. (India ink and fineliner)
Day 30 Cauldron Crones (India ink and fineliner)
Day 18 Crypt Creeps (India ink)
My favourites and potential redraws are the Little Witches, the Spider Bride (bottom of this entry), Plague Doctor and Crypt Creep. I learned that the Windsor and Newton ink I used is a little like water colour in application and a bit of water will keep it wet for longer leaving you ample time to make an absolute mess of it before it dries in to rancid streaks of bleak. Happily you can add another layer and pray it masks all that heartache or develops into an accidental masterpiece.
Day 8 Dep Sea Denizens (fineliner)
Day 10 Martian Mayhem (India ink and fineliner)
Day 17 Toadsday
I did learn to like the fineliners, a little. The very fine pens (my finest being 0.05) aren’t too much trouble and I used mine as I would a pencil – working out the details and lines, and lightly adding fine marks to build up the lights and the darks. I also realised that, though it may be frowned upon by some, lightly drawing out your piece in pencil will actually help build confidence as it prevents mistakes and despair. I simply drew my idea, erased my mistakes and worked away until I was happy. I rolled a putty eraser over the pencil work to make it even lighter (and pick up any graphite dust) and then drew over the work with my pen. I realised that I could actually use the pen and come away with a decent line drawing – all ready and waiting for pen marks to create the form, shadows and little details. Maybe even mess it up! But at least it had a fighting chance.
Days 1 to 16
Days 17 to 31
Bibliography and Inspiration
A lot of inspiration was found in fellow Drawlloweeners and spooky movies.
My slowly growing Spectrum book collection – Spectrum 24 is out this month!!!
I have pretty much spent the entire month listening to Deftones. I recommend ‘Rosemary’ – its subject matter is very sci-fi, and ‘Tempest’.