Inktober 2017 – 31

So, this year’s inktober didn’t really turn out like I hoped to – I was hoping to make more computer inked stuff, but I had so little time that inking on my way to work was more convenient. Also, I got sick for a week and some other stuff made me skip for quite a lot of days. But hey, I did a few pieces and it helped me come back to drawing after my summer/fall pause, so I’m pretty happy anyways :)

So, since it’s halloween today, I decided to draw the SPEJS crew as spooky monsters ;)

And as a bonus, here’s a colored version of spooky team SPEJS:

Inktober 2017 – 24 & 25

I’ve been sick for a week and had to prepare for a thing I’ll table at this weekend (more about that on Friday), so I’ve been missing out on a lot of days! And I’ll probably miss a few more, but yeah, I’ll do what I can :) Here are two Inktober pieces I’ve made during the past days:

Day 24’s Queertober prompt was “boday hair” and since I drew the non-men of SPEJS in undies a few days back, I thought this was an excellent opportunity to also draw Gav in his undies and expose his hairyness :B Done as a “cool down” piece when I visited my studio the other day :) Drawn with a brush pen and some pigment liners.

This one, I just drew without a prompt. Today’s been VERY rainy, and I was heading to the gym at 6.30 am this morning, feeling very tired, so I drew my current mood while commuting :) Drawn with a pigment liner.

 

Inktober 2017 – 16

I’ve been missing out on a few prompts, as expected. Sometimes you have other priorities and the day only have that many hours. Oh well, it’ll be interesting to see how many prompts I manage to finish during this month :)

Today’s queertober prompt is “self care” and I decided to draw Ragna just chilling and recarging after a mission…by hiding somewhere far from everyone, read a book, drink some whisky and eat some snacks. What they’re readong? That’s a secret XD

Again, drawn while commuting since that seems to be the only time of day when I have the time for these XD Pigment Liner, size 0.3.

Inktober 2017 – 11

I started to draw this yesterday, but didn’t have time to finish until today, so this is also a late inktober! Yesterday’s queertober prompt was “body positive”, meaning a good reason to draw my characters in underwear apparantly ;) I really enjoying each and every one of my characters and their looks and body types <3

I didn’t add Gav to the image because of bad planning, but I think I’ll get more reasons to draw his bare chest during this challenge ;)

Inktober 2017 – 10

I finalized this a little late yesterday so I’m posting it today instead :) Yesterday’s queertober prompt was “fabolous”, and since the pangee men of the SPEJS universe are supposed to be ultra mega fab, I drew one! This guy is probably a little modest and casual, but I think he’s a lot more fab than I could ever be :)

Made with Pigment Liner 0.1 and 0.5. I said I’d do a lot more digital inktober pieces this year, but apparantly it’s more convenient to do these on my way to work in my sketchbook ^^;

Inktober 2017 – 09

I decided to join in on the 24 hour comic day this weekend and thus, no inktobers from me! But today I’m back with a quick scribble!

Today’s queertober prompt was “pride”, and as I was a bit bummed out that I missed the dad prompt this weekend, I decided to make a proud dad instead! One of Gav’s dads are proud that their son’s learning how to Mulle Meck at a very young age while the other dad’s just hoping that his son won’t get eaten alive by that car XD I do have an idea for a comic with Gav’s dads, but I need to find time to script and storyboard it first before any magic can happen :)

Again, this is a quick scribble done with .1 Pigment Liners and some quick scribbles with a brush pen :3

Inktober 2017 – 06

Today’s Queertober prompt is “butch”, and while I have two character I consider more butch (Ragna and Seisa), I decided to chose Seisa since I’ll probably draw Ragna more than one time again during this month :D

Seisa is the antagonist of chapter 3 of SPEJS! If you’ve already read the physical chapter, congratulations (and I hope you liked her), for you who only follow the web comic, congratulations, you’ll be in for a treat ;) She’s angry, a bit violent and loves guns that are bigger than her (I guess it makes her feel more badass). She’s probably more for masculine fashion, and if you’re tough enough, she’d ask you out for a date ;)

Today was another quick doodle on my train ride to work, again with a 0.1 Pigment Liner.

Inktober 2017 – 05

Okay, so today’s prompt was “rainbow”, and I was a little out of ideas (especially since I don’t want to add much color to my inktobers), so I went with something silly. Swagata and Morwen, witnessing a double rainbow ;)

Today’s brush was Frenden’s “Consistent Carl”, a brush that very much is it’s name, you don’t get a lot of variation with it, and thus works a lot like a pigment liner rather than a brush or steel nib. I think I like brushes with more variety, but if it’s important to have a consistent width in lines, this kind of brush will be a better choice :)

Inktober 2017 – 04

Today’s Inktober is a quickie I drew on my way to work. Today’s prompt was “glitter”, so I drew a dancing seri with a lot of bling ;) The seri on their home planet are probably pretty non-binary and it’s more of a rule that they use a neutral pronoun rather than “he” or “she”. Whether a seri does the same on Aeros is more a matter of what upbringing they got. Gav consider himself male and probably defaults to he or she when he talk about someone while Ragna default to they (and secretly prefers that pronoun).

I used a 0.1 Pigment Liner for this quick inktober,and in the end it was a good choice – drawing small faces on a moving train is a challenge itself ;)

Inktober 2017 – 03

Today’s queertober prompt was “date”, so I decided to draw a Gav, ready for a date!

Gav’s pansexual, but probably have been more lucky with guys. Never the less, he’d pick you up on time, give you some flowers (as long as you’re not allergic, then I guess there’d be something else) and then get going to whatever date you two had planned. He’s a pretty gentle soul and prio one would be for his date to have a good time :)

Today’s inktober was done digitally with Frenden’s “Hairpin Sable (triangle tip)”! Lines got pretty thick on a bigger size (83), so if you wanted to add fine details, you really had to turn down the size to at least 30. For thick and bold lines, I guess this would be a pretty good inking brush.

As an added bonus, I’d like to also show the rough doodle I did, because it turned out kinda cute :)

Inktober 2017 – 02

So, it’s day 2 of  inktober/queertober, and today’s word is “diversity”.

I really enjoy drawing and seeing different body types, and my contribution to add more diversity to comics is probably to showcase different body types amongst the characters in my comics :) There are so many ways you can be diverse, but I think different body types is the thing that is the most true to me, together with not just having men as my main cast or just displaying heterosexual couples :3

Today I went analogue and used some fine liners, a brush pen and two ProMarkers :)

Inktober 2017 – 01

Hey, it’s October and many artists are gathering to do Inktober! I’m joining in whenever I can, and I decided to follow these queer promts this year and make them SPEJS themed :) There has been a debate wheter or not digital inking is allowed or not, and I’ll probably do a majority of my Inktober drawings digitally this year to experiment and try out more of my inking brushes from Frenden that I bought years ago, but only used a handful of :)

So, with further ado, let’s kick this of with number 1 – femme:

I decided to just draw the most feminine member of team SPEJS, Morwen! She both likes ladies and to dress really femininely, and is probably the only one in the team that has had the patience to master walking in stilettos ;)

Brush used for this was the Frenden Finker (Brush) – one of those brushes you can set up to size 90 and get a lot of variety with by just using the pen pressure on your Wacom :) For the tinier details I set down the size to about 20 though ;)

A grumpy druid dude (with some WIP shots)

So I got some inspiration to draw this guy! I don’t know much about him yet more than that he’s probably a druid with a grumpy personality :3 He might be my new role playing character for a D&D game, and I look forward to fleshing him out a bit more :)

It was a while since I painted something digitally and I guess it shows. But it was good practise, and I’m starting to not hate it anymore, so yay? I actually saved some WIP shots of this piece, so let’s have a look at that:

These are the initial sketch and a more cleaned-up sketch. I wasn’t 100% sure if I was going for line art or painting at first, but I though “hey, I could do with a challenge”, so painting it was!

I guess I should have used two layers – one for the chair and one for the character, but I was a bit afraid I’d end up painting on the wrong layers anyways, so I went for everything on one layer. I thought it’d be nice to try and figure out the colors I wanted to use at first, so yeah! The chair got really colorful, I guess 8D

Here I’ve added some shadows and highlights, and a background. I should’ve probably chosen some background colors from the beginning, because I had a hard time finding anything that looked good. I kind of left it like this and let it rest for a week, hoping to find more stuff to adjust later on.

And again, the final result. I added a darker shade to the character and the chair here and there, which I believe made the character pop a bit more. Also did some more work on the backgrud, added some grunge maps and added a vague overlay color. I’ll probably leave this piece like this and continue my quest to paint with some other piece. I’d love to get better and hope I get the opportunity to practise a bit more with this technique :3

SPEJS #3 progress

Hey people, long time no bloggin’! I’ve spent most of my free time getting the next chapter of my comic SPEJS ready, and I still have a little way to go before I’m all done, but I’m trudging on, and I’m starting to believe that I’ll probably be able to get this chapter printed and ready for SIS 8D

While working on big projects like these (because believe me, making 50+ pages of colored comics in 4 months is a big project when you have a full-time dayjob), it’s easy to feel like you’re getting nowhere, doubt yourself etc. So I started to look at my older SPEJS chapters, especially the coloring since I’m trying to up my game a little when it comes to colors.

The first chapter was originally just in greyscales. When it went to web, I decided to add some colors, but I had no idea what I was doing and some results were rather garish. When I did a re-print in color, I decided to re-color the pages again, and while I’m not super excited over the colors, it looks a lot better than previously (Left is old colors, right is new colors).

As for chapter 2, I tried to have a theme color (purple), and while I liked the idea, the colors still felt a little stiff (colors a bit too saturated at times, not sure if I like the colors I paired up with the purple), but it felt like I was heading in the right direction.

As for this chapter, I have tried to stick to two colors, green and pink, and done my outmost to make the colors harmonize. I have also played a bit more with lineart colors and tried to get a more wholesome feeling. I’ll probably find a thousand errors within a year, but right now I’m happy how it looks and looking back at previous chapters I can definitely see an improvement!

For most of my artist life, I have really struggled with colors, it’s really hit or miss for me. When I started to adress this on twitter, I got a lot of helpful tips from people about tutorials etc, and why not share some links?

Videos:

Blenderguru’s Understanding Color – this is a pretty long video, but it was a pretty good eye opener for me. It talks about saturation, values and color harmonies!

Sycra’s How to choose colors that work

The free Ctrl+Paint library has some short and sweet painting tutorials with examples and exercises. Really nice if you don’t know what to study, just look at a video and try to imitate. He mostly works in Photoshop, but I can tag along just fine in Clip Studio as well :)

Books:

Color and Light by James Gurney (who also has a blog here) – I really like the examples and well written explanations in this book, well worth my money!

The art of Kung Fu Panda 3 – man I can’t get over how beautiful the colors were in this movie! I have this book as inspiration for colors!

Web utilities:

Paletton – make your own color harmonies

Adobe color CC – more color harmonies

While I still have A LOT to learn regarding colors and color harmonies, it feels like I’m starting to get it a bit better now. For me, that’s a huge relief since it has been my arch nemesis for years :D

What is your relationship with colors and do you have any good sources if one’d like to learn more about colors?

Ship trade: Re:set

I decided to join in and do a ship trade with the creator of the comic Re:Set on Tapastic and decided to make a fluffy pic of the main characters. I was working from home, meaning I had no Cintiq at hand, so I decided to go analogue and use my watercolours instead :)

Also, I want to show the image I got in return, it’s an adorable piece of Gav and Ragna, I love it! <3

Geralt and the godlings

During the Christmas break, I did play a LOT of Witcher 3, and this weekend, I finally finished the main story! It was a good game, I enjoyed it a lot more than I thought I would! Quite unexpectedly, I really enjoyed the godlings, they were fun and cute with their creepy faces, and they seemed so nice! I also really really enjoyed the trolls, what a delight it was to interact with them :D Anyways, here’s a small doodle I did with Geralt babysitting the godlings ;) And yes, my Geralt has the friendly mutton chops. Whenever my male character can have sideburns, I will give them sideburns ;)

SPEJS doodles

Hey there, long time no see! I have been busy getting back in the rut, playing Witcher 3 and inking pages for the next SPEJS chapter (I’m pretty much on schedule, even though it’s a bit sweaty). I’ve also been reading a lot while commuting, hence the lack of metro doodles. But I decided to treat myself to some new markers (specifically the Winsor & Newton ProMarkers) and decided to start doodling a bit with them in my new sketchbook. This book I bought looks very fancy, but I’m not sure if the paper is good for anything really. Markers look pretty okay though, so I might continue filling it with marker doodles :)

Let’s start this year with a doodle dump of some SPEJS related stuff!

some people on Tapastic are starting to doubt that male pangee exist. Well, they do, and look fabulous! But they haven’t really been introduced properly in the comic yet. I’m musing a bit about the next chapter where this dashing lad might show up though :)

Speaking about pangee, it’s very uncommon that pangee and seri are getting along, even less common that they are romantically involved. These two fellows are getting along quite well though, and I can’t wait to tell you more about them. I’d love to make a short spin-off comic with these guys, if I have the time I’ll try to make it before the end of march :)

A fancy Swagata, just because I missed drawing her <3 Also experimenting with the looks of Seri women. I’m sort-of musing with the fact that it might be more common with them having a bit more body hair, and not feeling forced to shave it off or whatever, especially not on their home planet. We’ll see, I’ve yet to show some seri women in the comic too, so I have time to experiment for a bit ;) Also a random cat as an extra ;)

Art summary of 2016!

Hi there, hope you had a great weekend! As promised, here’s my art summary of 2016!

January: drew a lot on brown paper. Made a few drawings while commuting. Gooblin Week was going on and I made a few little goblins :) Also drew some comic pages for Home Made Comics. Finally, I started to attend a digital painting course which would take place during spring. I was a bit scared but also happy I was doing that!
February: worked a lot on SPEJS #2 and the digital painting course. Doodled some on my commuting to work, and a Valentine’s Special image. Started to hang out a bit with Dotterbolaget.
March: Still worked on SPEJS #2 and also juggled a digital painting course where I did so many color studies (environments and still life) during this month…I remember it being a little stressful while also having some personal drama in my life.
April: SPEJS #2 was printed and done early in April and I could work on school assignments and prepare for Stockholm International Comics Festival. I also did a fan art of this year’s mascot, Astrid, together with my characters. I still kinda like the outcome. Made a pitch for the Beyond anthology and got refused.
May: Survived the comics festival, started to experiment a bit with water colors and color pencils. I tried to join in on Mermay, but just did a few. Felt a bit bad about my art, or rather me posting/spamming so much art.
June: worked to finish a comic for an anthology. Decided to do this at the studio after work and work a lot with steel nibs and ink. It was fun, and I learned some stuff!
July: Decided to try and finish another small comic for another anthology before August and vacation hit me. More steel nibs and ink. The comic was refused though, but I want to tweak it a bit before I send it somewhere else :) I also finalized the re-print of SPEJS #1 and sent it to the printers.
August: Vacation times! Did some watercolor stuff, but I mostly traveled, hung out with friends and read books :)
September: Went to Helsinki, came back more determined to make good-looking stuff. Spent some evenings at the studio working out the looks for the characters in the next SPEJS chapter and how the environments will look like.
October: I was extremely productive and did like 21 inktober pieces and a few illustrations in-between. Went to Stockholm Comic Con, which I think went so-so, but I had great company next to me <3
November: I made a guest comic for Immortal Nerd and went to Örebro Comics Festival! Had a great time at the festival thanks to a very dedicated crew and good friends <3
December: I have spent a lot of December after work at the studio, drawing thumbs for the next SPEJS chapter! I also did the christmas card which was long overdue.

I wasn’t sure if I had been productive or not, but when I’m counting my amount of pages done, I feel pretty content.

For SPEJS, I did 50 finished pages, and about 67 rough thumbs. I have a lot to do 2017 in terms of SPEJS pages ;)

On top of that, I did 26 pages of comics for various fanzines and web comics. So in total 76 finished pages and 67 pages of thumbs! Last year, I had finished 65 pages and made 57 pages with rough thumbs, so in retrospect, I’m pretty happy! :)

So last year, my art resolutions for 2016 were:

  • Get SPEJS #2 done
    • Wohoo, it was done! :)
  • Finish off Shit Spider, once and for all
    • Well, I more or less swiped it from the internet, so I sure finished it off ;P To be honest, I wasn’t feeling the comic any more. The characters didn’t speak to me, there was too much stuff that didn’t feel right, and I had finished the story already a few years ago, I didn’t feel like re-drawing a comic I didn’t enjoy anyways…
  • Get published in one or two anthologies would be nice too :)
    • I was published in Home Made Comics and tried to get published in a few more, so at least I tried! I also had a guest comic at Immortal Nerd :)
  • Sell stuff on at least three conventions.
    • I tabled at five conventions!
  • Have fun!
    • I had fun most of the time! An ex told me there was no crying in comics, but they were wrong. Sometimes you feel crappy, and it’s okay to do so! Jeez, contrary to popular belief, I’m not a robot, and sometimes tabling is hard work and drawing all the panels can feel a bit overwhelming. But to be honest, I met so many awesome people and I am glad I got myself out on those conventions and socialized and learned if the conventions were for me or not! <3

So yeah, I think this was my art retrospective! What do I want to do next year?

  • Finish off SPEJS #3 – it’s a monster, but I want to release the beast!
  • Table at least 3 conventions (I have one set already, Confuzzled!)
  • Go to Thought Bubble!
  • Feel more confident with my colors
  • Feel more confident with backgrounds
  • Have fun!

How was your art year, and what would you like to do next year regarding art?