Robot in Spot Black

In my continuing journey through heavy shadow, I have drawn some brawny bots.
I had two goals in drawing these bots: first, the robot on the left has a level of detail that I usually illustrate with line work, but I wanted to try to delineate details with light and shadow rather than line. And second, the robot on the right has a simple enough design that I could get a little playful with my highlights.

robots

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I’m still experimenting with using white ink highlights on robots and cityscapes. I also love to combine a wash with the stark black and white.

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Octopus for the New Year

Happy New Year, everyone!

Hard to believe that another year has gone by. And in honor of the 18th year of this century, I have here and octopus. I realize that octopi have eight arms and not 18, but let’s ┬ánot worry about that.

I started with a pencil sketch that started out very loose, then I gradually tightened up a bit.

octopus sketch

I then inked it.

octopus

I was originally planning on leaving it black and white, but I eventually decided to apply a wash and some ink splatter.

octopus

The original piece is fairly large, and even with my large format printer, I had to stitch this together.

Self Portraits

When my mom sent me a Panettone, I did not realize that it would make me look so regal. You see, this Panettone came in a wooden crown type of  container, and my fiancee took a fine picture of me wearing my new headgear.

As you might expect, I used this opportunity to draw myself in many different styles. I used ink wash, digital colors in Photoshop and Illustrator, and just plain brush strokes.

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