Inktober 2018, Day 25: Prickly

I missed day 24!

Day 25:

A nude faerie with a porcupine hat is prickly.
A nude faerie with a porcupine hat is prickly.

What I wrote about this at the time:

The faerie Sash normally wears squirrel hats that are literally the skin of a whole squirrel converted to millinery. However, the porcupine hat she saves for special occasions needed to be cut down to size to fit her head. It’s still a pretty dashing piece of headgear and protects against goblins.
I was going to be away for two days, but I realized that I had this lying around and it fit the prompt. A ten-years-old sketch that I had scanned just a few weeks ago while scanning the first batch of Inktober works, and then inked on my iPad for fun, so all the inks were even done during the month. Digital, Autodesk Sketchbook on iPad Pro.

This is how I kept a webcomic going on a grueling schedule in the early 2000s: by repurposing existing, half-finished work whenever the need arose. And as part of my Inktober efforts, I scanned a whole bunch of art from 2008-2012 that I may end up using in some form or another.

Inktober 2018, Day 23: Muddy

Day 23:

A woman taking a mud bah in nature. In the background, some of her belongings suggest that she is a witch.
A woman taking a mud bath in nature. In the background, some of her belongings suggest that she is a witch.

What I wrote about this at the time:

Publically, the witch credited her youthful looks to weekly mud baths in a secret, secluded spot. It was an easier explanation for people to deal with than the true one, and it’s not as if she didn’t have the weekly mud baths, so she might as well roll with it.
All-digital ink because I’m still low on time (and also coming down with something nasty) and don’t want to have to deal with drying times and having to fix smears and smudges. I think my artistic peak as far as this Inktober event is concerned may be behind me already.

Actually, this turned out fine.

Inktober 2017, Day 22: Expensive

Day 22:

The musician from Day 20 goes behind the scenes to discover a roady about to hand her her prop guitar to smash. The roady is hung-over and late, so he was late switching the prop for the real thing.
The musician from Day 20 goes behind the scenes to discover a roady about to hand her her prop guitar to smash. The roady is hung-over and late, so he was late switching the prop for the real thing.

What I wrote about this at the time:

Letting your roadies get drunk while touring is a mistake that can lead to other, expensive mistakes.
I have plans for tonight, so I knocked this one out super-quick. I haven’t even had my morning coffee yet! Fineliners on sketchbook paper, cleaned up minimally and caption added in Autodesk Sketchbook.

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.
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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.