Octopus

I follow a very cool Instagram account by the name of OctoNation, and account that is all about octopi art and media. They posted a very cool sculpture of an octopus that really highlighted the eyes, and it inspired me to draw this.

I wanted to use the wash as a background element so the stark contrast would really foreground the octopus. The wash also makes an appropriate background for the octopus, who is able to squirt ink.

octopus

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Toned Paper Robots

   Apologies for the lack of posts, friends: I am weeks away from turning in my thesis, and I have been spending most of my time putting finishing touches on it.

   Those few moments that I’ve had to myself, however, I’ve been drawing robots on toned paper. I know that I’ve extolled the virtues of toned paper before, but I’d appreciate it if you’d indulge me again; you see, I have just found out about prismacolor pencils. I mean, I’ve know OF them, but I finally got acquainted with a white prisma pencil, and it is so sweet that I fear I may fall through the pencil marks into another dimension. It allows some really cool gradients of white, so you can be as light or heavy handed as you want. It’s perfect for roboting around, because of all of the shiny materials that one finds in a bot.

robot

robot

robot robot

robot robot

Stone Age Groove

Having just played Farcry: Primal, I’ve been much taken with cave-people culture.   It was a strange and beautiful time for humanity, living on the brink of extinction and at the mercy of the elements. I guess we’re always at the mercy of the elements, but that condition is heightened greatly in cave-folk time.

I do wonder a great deal about cave-denizen clothes: I see a lot of pelts in depictions of cave times, but I also see what one can only describe as pants or leggings. At what point were pants invented? How were these paleo-pants suspended? What materials did they use? I will probably not look into these questions, so they remain a mystery.

I drew these cave-friends with technical pens on toned paper, to simulate a cave-painting feel.  I also used a white pencil for highlights, and on the first, I even used a little charcoal, to give it a real, dirty cave feel.

caveman

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New Years Projects!

Happy New Years, Friends!
Oh, how I wish these gaps between posts would subside, but alas, delicate adventures has me busier than an egg with arms and legs. Speaking of which, I just attended Newcon in Portland, Oregon. I peddled my guides to jerks, nerds, and rasslin’. Why just look at all these volumes!

da books

What else have I been working on, you say? I’ve been making pretty good headway on my thesis for my MFA program. In doing so, I’ve been getting more acquainted with brush pens, which I’ve come to love. Here’s a panel from my thesis.

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And here’s a self portrait I did with a different brush pen and ink wash:

brush pen and ink wash

And as far as design projects go, I’ve made some pretty neat molds. A while ago, I made a ceramic devil head, and I just recently got around to casting it! The horns and the face are separate molds, and I paint the eyes. I want to put hardware in the back and make it into a belt buckle.

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