For whatever reason, I have been very interested in drawing prize machines of late. I wonder if I have that degenerative brain disorder that Maurice Ravel had? Whatever the reason, prize machines are composed of very basic shapes and aid in my practice.

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BoardSock Empire

In my last semester of grad school, I learned how to make GIFs! The timing on this is perfect because I am working on a series of short, sock-puppet-themed movies called BoardSockEmpire. As cross promotion, I am creating these GIFs. Eventually, I will incorporate these into a scrolling cityscape, not unlike XZCD’s infinite scroll comic, though significantly smaller. In the meantime, I share with you now these GIFs.

sock barber

sock butcher

sock puppet

vomit sock puppetferris wheel sock puppetgodfather sock puppet

Cuirassier’s Lion Helmet

Long time followers of this blog will know that I am a fan of fancy military helmets, particularly the Prussian Pickelhaube. I just happened upon this image, and it struck me as an opportunity to ink wash! I applied the color in photoshop.

(PS: if anyone finds a type-o in this post, my cat walked over the keyboard)

Cuirassier helmet

Water Tower, Rosie, and a Robot

I had the great pleasure to reunite with Rosie the labrador. She’s a very sweet pooch: whenever you hold her leash, she takes her end gently in her teeth to lead you to where she wants you to go. Rosie is also an avid water pooch.

man and dog

I also finally got around to sketching and washing this water tower. My girlfriend and I pass this on the freeway fairly often, and it’s a very cool subject, with a lot of direct and indirect light sources. I wanted to make some trees, too, but I really didn’t want to put a lot of effort into them. My solution: blow some ink around.

water tower

And I thought I’d get back to my comfort zone and draw a Robot. It’s destroying a city for good measure.

robot

Toilet Light

At my local coffee house I noticed that the light his the toilet in a most dramatic manner. This seemed like a perfect opportunity for some inkwashin’!

toilet

As I said  on my last ink wash post, I like to get a good photo reference for these ink wash studies. A good reference photo can have great light and shadow, interesting subject matter, great texture, etc. But I think my favorite thing to render in wash is light and shadow.