Inktober 2018, Day 21: Drain

Well, this is a bit of a downer, maybe. But suddenly, I have recurring, individual characters.

Day 21:

Tag and Zig drinking at a bar. Tag complains about how the last conversation with his father went.
Tag and Zig drinking at a bar. Tag complains about how the last conversation with his father went.

What I wrote about this at the time:

I’ve been wanting to do some hand lettering for some time now. I’m…not good at it, but these days, hand lettering is a rare sight in comics online and even bad, sloppy lettering still has more character than digital. Don’t expect me to make this a regular thing though, because hand lettering is also very tedious, time-consuming work and less clean and flexible than digital. Indian ink, illustration board, digital edits in Autodesk Sketchbook, yada yada.

Inktober 2018, Day 20: Breakable

This one looks better to me now than it did back in October. I like the detail of the second guitar waiting for the performer behind the stack of amplifiers.

Day 20:

Digital greyscale drawing of a woman in form-fitting leather pants, crop top and leather jacket, about to smash an angular guitar. In the background, another, identical guitar stands ready for her to pick up.
Digital greyscale drawing of a woman in form-fitting leather pants, crop top and leather jacket, about to smash an angular guitar. In the background, another, identical guitar stands ready for her to pick up.

What I wrote about this at the time:

Indian ink on illustration board; cleaned in Autodesk Sketchbook; also shaded in Sketchbook using six values of Copic Cool Grey: C0, C2, C4, C6, C8 and C10. I thought it’d be fun to use one of Senshistock on DeviantArt‘s poses at least once during this month.
Reference: http://fav.me/dco31tu

Inktober 2018, Day 19: Scorched

19 days in, I wanted to revisit an earlier image.

Day 19:

Didn't we do this one already? An alchemist is scorched after one of his experiments has gone wrong. Behind him is a sign saying "0 days since last explosion".
Didn’t we do this one already? An alchemist is scorched after one of his experiments has gone wrong. Behind him is a sign saying “0 days since last explosion”.

What I wrote about this at the time:

When I saw the “Scorched” prompt, I thought “haven’t we done this one already?” and after thinking about it for some time, I thought it was an excellent opportunity to have another stab at the scene from the “Roasted” prompt. So here’s our hapless alchemist one more time.
India ink on illustration board, touch-ups in Autodesk Sketchbook.

Inktober 2018, Day 18: Bottle

This one is one of my favorites from Inktober 2018, and led to a follow-up in November, because I liked these characters so much my brain started running. This is not necessarily a healthy situation.

Day 18:

Bruiser characters Tag and Zig, getting in trouble. Tag has a smashed bottle to defend himself. Zig has come prepared and brandishes a bicycle chain.
Bruiser characters Tag and Zig, getting in trouble. Tag has a smashed bottle to defend himself. Zig has come prepared and brandishes a bicycle chain.

What I wrote about this at the time:

It was that time of night again at the dive. Maybe Tag had said the wrong thing at the right time, or Zig had looked at someone funny. Whatever the reason, others at the bar were coming for them. Tag hadn’t prepared for a brawl but honestly he never needed to, as long as he didn’t order his beer from the tap. Zig, on the other hand, had packed her favorite gear.
Indian ink on illustration board, smears and smudges cleaned in Autodesk Sketchbook, no time to do the background.

Inktober 2018, Day 16: Angular

This, on the other hand, is one of my favorites from the month. Stylization has always been a friend to me.

Day 16:

Stylized drawing of St. Vincent performing with an angular guitar.
Stylized drawing of St. Vincent performing with an angular guitar.

What I wrote about this at the time:

Angular. The prompt reminded me of St. Vincent’s guitar, and her riffs. Brush pen in sketchbook. digital fixes in Autodesk Sketchbook on iPad – rather more of them than you might think, because I wanted this to be a bit tighter than usual, and also I made some last minute decisions about how much more I could leave out.
Made it past the halfway point!

Inktober 2018, Day 15: Weak

Disappointed by the results for Day 14, I ran right back into the arms of some of my long-time characters.

Day 15:

Bertie Hogsworth cringes weakly as the shadows of several Rogues menace him.
Bertie Hogsworth cringes weakly as the shadows of several Rogues menace him.

What I wrote about this at the time:

Bertie Hogsworth is such a sad sack, it makes him a lot of fun to draw in perilous situations
Going back to basics after a few drawings where the digital colors, shades and post-processing overwhelmed the ink aspect of the project. I made a pretty fundamental mistake in this one but I still like it.

Inktober 2018, Day 14: Clock

For the first two weeks of Inktober, I mostly struggled to get decent quality art in the available time, but towards the end of week two, things were improving. Then this happened.

Day 14:

Mostly-digital drawing of a grandfather clock, from which a skeletal arm bearing a scythe emerges
Mostly-digital drawing of a grandfather clock, from which a skeletal arm bearing a scythe emerges

What I wrote about this at the time:

I took part in a running event in stifling midsummer heat today. This is what happens when the energy, motivation and inspiration run out. Done is better than perfect – but is it better than adequate? I’m still sharing this in all the same places so people can see that I’ve done the day’s work, though.

Linklog for March 15: Christchurch shooting edition

A terrorist motivated by racism shot up a mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand overnight, killing at least 40, making this the biggest white supremacist terror attack since Utøya, July 22, 2011. I am not going to link every news report but some responses are worth keeping.

Wajahat Ali on Twitter (thread):

Let me quickly explain why the Christchurch mosque shooting affects many of us, not just Muslim communities. If the shooter’s manifesto and social media feed are accurate, he was inspired by a right wing ideological infrastructure that thrives, recruits and radicalizes online 1/

Swift on Security on Twitter links to an earlier thread:

So, something weird happened a year and a half ago I’ve never talked about. It was a direct message from a white supremacist

Alexandra Erin on Twitter:

Okay, before I crash: there is a reason that fascists keep referencing PewDiePie, and yes, it is a big joke to them, and no, we shouldn’t fall for it…

But “falling for it” in this case means accepting that he is just a nice young man who had some Heated Gamer moments.

I am personally still undecided on whether PewDiePie can be blamed directly for stochastic terrorism, though I think he contributed to a climate where white supremacist ideology is normalized and has become part of the right wing ideological infrastructure. However, it is much clearer that the Australian far right is to blame for stochastic terrorism:

Jason Wilson on Twitter (thread) details which Australian right-wing nationalist piece of shit said what, when, that might have encouraged the attacker:

been writing. i see this “alleged” p.o.s. is australian. tell me again how the far right in australia isn’t important or worth worrying about

The case for quarantining extremist ideas (The Guardian)

Back in June, a writer by the name of Deo wrote a guide to The Rhetoric Tricks, Traps, and Tactics of White Nationalism. It is very extensive and goes into great detail, though it does highlight one major theme: most of the tactics Nazis use when propagandizing focus on deniability. Please note that it has some disturbing illustrations in it, including, at the end, a complete reproduction in screenshot forms of a specific strategy for recruiting new nazis. The fact that this is the last thing you see is a major flaw from an information hygiene point of view. I’m also not very enamored with the ‘this is for centrists and normies’ framing, because it’s not like people not in these groups aren’t also vulnerable. On the plus side, it also contains a full screenshot of Carson Fire’s rules of engagement, so after a decade and a half I can finally see what they are, even if they’re attributed to Karl Rove. OK, so this is only interesting for people who read this blog in the mid-2000s, but you never know when that motherfucker waddles into my life again (Fire, not Rove).

This would be a good time to highlight the Patreon of Daniel Harper, who has spent an unhealthy amount of time wading in the sewers of the online far right and is now making a podcast that informs the public about who the neo-nazis are and what they are up to:
Podcast
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Inktober 2018, Day 13: Guarded

Hey, look at these guys!

Day 13

Lance-Constable Llewellyn, Sheriff Hogsworth, Lance-Constable Owen and Bertie Hogsworth from the Rogues of Clwyd-Rhan storyline Feral guarding outside the Rogues' homestead.  Llewellyn is poised for attack; the others are not.
Lance-Constable Llewellyn, Sheriff Hogsworth, Lance-Constable Owen and Bertie Hogsworth from the Rogues of Clwyd-Rhan storyline Feral guarding outside the Rogues’ homestead. Llewellyn is poised for attack; the others are not.

What I wrote about this at the time:

The King’s Militia of Dungil Fens and Environs is in the middle of a siege. Lance-Constable Llewellyn wants to attack, but Sheriff Hogsworth is more guarded. Lance-Constable Owen is not entirely with it due to last night’s ale, to the consternation of his friend Bertie, who is not a guard at all but hangs out with them a lot because he is the Sheriff’s son.

I had way too much fun with these Rogues of Clwyd-Rhan characters for too long today. Not too sure about the end result. Indian ink on illustration board, with extra inks and digital colors slapped on in Autodesk Sketchbook. Counting it as digital art because that is most of what you end up seeing.

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