Tomorrow is the first day on Inktober and it looks like a great opportunity to work on a new daily exercise. I spent 2 months at the end of the summer drawing mazes every day and it turned out to be very rewarding. I was able to explore a variety of different ways to make mazes and developed some new techniques for drawing, digitizing and coloring that will prove valuable in all my drawings.
Inktober is an annual exercise in daily discipline during the month of October. Created as an informal challenge by illustrator Jake Parker in 2009, artists around the world will make an ink drawing every day for 31 days and post it with the hashtag #inktober on Tumblr, Instagram, Twitter, or wherever. I have an upcoming magazine commission to create illustrations of beer, wine and restaurants so for Inktober I’ll be drawing whatever food and drink I can find around my apartment. My plan is to use a brush pen and sumi ink wash and I’ll be posting work-in-progress on my Instagram and finished drawings on my Tumblr. Let the inking begin!
UPDATE: I’m posting the full set on my Flickr account.
Animator Tom Law drew 15 minute self portraits over the course of almost 3 years and put them together in an animation titled “I Always Look Angry: 1000 Self Portraits”. It’s cool seeing the evolution of his drawings over time.
In an attempt to keep from gluing my face to my iPhone on public transit I’ve started drawing little mazes in my sketch book. After realizing I’ve made one every day for the past week I figured I’d make it official with a Tumblr. Check out amazeaday.tumblr.com.
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I visited Mount Vernon a few weeks ago with my family and was immersed in the world of George Washington. Located near Alexandria, Virginia, Mount Vernon was the plantation home of the Washington family from as early as 1674 and was handed down through successive generations, including that of the first president of the United States of America. The estate is maintained well and includes the president’s home and gardens, as well as the tomb of George and Martha Washington. There is a museum on the grounds which includes a historical survey of the president’s life and artifacts from the estate.
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I drew this bread basket while having a coffee at Choc-O-Pain cafe in Hoboken. It’s a simple picture but I’m really excited about it because I was able to really nail a technique I’ve been working on the past few months. The picture incorporates a combination of ink line and sumi brush work with color in Photoshop. Below are some of the steps I went through.
This week our class laid out board games. Based on a Halloween theme of a pumpkin patch, each student created a meandering path across a poster board, divided it into sections and filled it with four colors. We then decorated the board with pumpkins, gravestones and haunted houses. One child even made a pumpkin lake, a huge oval filled with pumpkins, which he thought was hilarious. Next week we’ll make four-sided dice to roll and create a set of playing pieces from Crayola model magic.
Last week I went to a panel about careers in digital gaming hosted by the Center for Communication. It was a great chance to hear about the career trajectories of a number of professionals in the industry. Of course I was compelled to sketch all of the panelists while they were speaking and later I applied ink wash to refine the pictures and add depth. Click for a larger image.
I’ve been watching episodes of Adventure Time with my daughters all week and it inspired me to draw a crystal pear. I created an array of radiating lines in pen, then created this Vine animation as I colored in the resulting triangles.
This post documents the creation of a watercolor painting based on a double trailer I saw wheeling naked Ford Escape taxis through Hoboken. This will be the largest painting to date in my Trucks series. Updates are in reverse chronological order.
June 14, 2013
I’ve got most of the vector art in place, including the taxis.
I’ve drawn Carlo’s Bakery in Hoboken a couple of times. The “Cake Boss” is right across from City Hall and there are benches facing into the street. Usually my pictures will include the crowd of people waiting to get into the little bake shop, but on this day I found an old Impala much more interesting.