Behind Closed Doors – Illustration Friday

Prompt: Mischief
Materials: smooth Bristol 4×4 tile, marker, pigma micron pen

I watch small children for a living. All boys. So when I saw the “mischief” prompt, I immediately thought of them running off to a room and closing a door. Because, you know, that usually indicates mischief is going on behind there. The chaos around the door is supposed to be coming from behind it.


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Inktober Week 4 – Final Roundup

It’s the last day of October, and the last day of Inktober. Unintentionally, I have left the week 4 roundup until today. But it works out. Here is the final week and a half of Inktober 2016, and my final thoughts on this year’s project. Here are week 1, week 2, and week 3.

Day 22- “little” Following yesterday’s turning something little into something big, I turned something big into something little. Tiny solar system, totally not to scale. Those dots were a pain.

Day 23 – “slow” Tim’s training was paying off. He managed to run the one meter sprint in just under 13 hours, setting a personal record.

Day 24- “one dozen” I originally wanted to do monkeys, like the song, but one monkey was difficult enough. So how about balloons instead.

Day 25- “tired” This little guy has had a long night. Good night, little owl.

Day 26- “box” It’s the internet. Every box needs a cat.

Day 27- “creepy” Ooh, creepy spider

Day 28- “burn” A forest campfire.

Day 29- “surprise” A jack-in-the-box ready to spring.

Day 30- “wreck” A wrecked block tower.

Day 31- “friend” A friendly helpful hand.

After 31 days of drawing with a brush pen, I have determined that I have too heavy of a hand to use a brush pen. I went through four of them over the course of the month because they kept shredding. But now I know. I prefer my regular pens anyway.

Inktober 2016 Week 3

There is only a little more than a week to go for this year’s Inktober. Fairly confident I’m going to make it to the end this year. Here’s a look at week 3, and you can go back and see week 1 and week 2.

Day 15: “Relax” – A cozy little reading nook

Day 16: “Wet” – It’s a sink. With water. Not much imagination needed there.

Day 17: “Battle” – Squirrel-saber fight! I don’t know, but Jedi squirrels just seemed hilarious.

Day 18: “Escape” – As the frogs watched and the fish didn’t care, Bob made his great escape from the forest. That is, until he hit the rogue tree branch and tumbled back to the ground at the opposite edge of the pond.

Day 19: “Flight” – Frank bribed the hamsters with the best pieces of his birdseed to make them help him take flight

Day 20: “Squeeze” – Since they are black and white, it can be any citrus fruit you want it to be.

Day 21: “Big” – Got this idea when the tiny giant attacked “baby dump truck and mommy airplane and daddy firetruck” while we were playing before bedtime.

Ten days left! If you want to see them each day when I’m done, you can follow me on Twitter, Instagram, or Tumblr.

Inktober 2016 Week 1

In honor of Inktober, I’ve decided to gather each week’s drawings into a round-up post every Friday. Here is what I’ve done week one:

Day 1: The cover. I couldn’t come up with a way to incorporate the “fast” prompt into my cover, so I just decided to skip it. Kind of hard to see the title, though.

Day 2: “Noisy”. I decided I wanted to draw the noise tumbling out of a trumpet. Why a trumpet? Because that is what the 4-year-old had taken to school that week as a share that makes noise.

Day 3: “Collect”. Pokémon! I scrolled through some pictures on Google until one caught my eye. So this trainer just collects Rowletts.

Day 4: “Hungry”. I caught a biscuit with a spiderweb. I really need to make myself some biscuits.

Day 5: “Sad”. As I was feeling halfway through the background.

Day 6: “Hidden”. Cutie forest animals playing hide and seek.

Day 7: “Lost”. More zigzag grass, this time with small things hiding in it.

That’s the end of this week. I feel like I’m starting to get a grip of using this brush pen. Hopefully it will get even easier as the month goes on. If you want to see these as I make them, you can follow me on Instagram or Twitter where I post them every afternoon/evening as I finish drawing.

Experimenting

I got some sun printing paper for Christmas that I’ve been itching to get around to trying out. Having just finished a giant project I’ve been working on for over a year, I decided today would be a good day to try it.


I had the idea to do some Spirograph designs and some letters. I had more of the spirographs at the beginning, but quickly ditched them when I realized just how many tiny holes I would have to cut out. As you can see, I left quite a few of them uncut in the pieces I did keep.


Some of the things must’ve blown off the paper part of the way through (I found the whole thing upside down when I remembered about it thirty minutes later), but I like how there are the different colors. I think I might use that idea in my next one. I call this one “Alphabet Soup”.

From Concept to Entry

My email reminded me this morning that it was the last day of a t-shirt design contest from Wet Seal. So I decided that my Inktober drawing this morning would be a concept drawing for it.

Then, me being the lazy person I am, I decided it would also be my post for today. So here is my process of getting from preliminary drawing to finished file for submission.

Step 1

I start by scanning my original image. It usually comes out upside down because I am not good at remembering which way it goes and my printer is on a shelf above eye-level.

Step 2

Once I get it turned the right direction and cropped to just the image I want, I open illustrator and place is in a new artboard as layer 1. Then I immediately lock the layer so I don’t accidentally move it around while I am working. Then it’s time for digitizing the piece.

Step 3

Now is the time for outlining. I used my drawing tablet to trace the letters using the pencil tool, then traced the outlines of the animals with the pen tool. Even when I’m making outlines, I like to use “closed object” as much as possible. So I use the pathfinder tools to create the smaller areas.

Before After

Step 4

For this step, I copy the outlines to a new layer (each outline is already on its own layer) and create a main outline for each animal. Then, using the pathfinder divide function, I separate them for each color and place the pieces for each color in separate layers. Then its a simple change of the fill and outline colors to create the pattern.

Step 5

Now it’s time to put everything together like a puzzle and remove the original artwork from the back. You can export it straight from Illustrator into a jpeg, but I prefer to save the file and open it in Photoshop before creating the file. It makes it easier to just get the image that way, without a bunch of unnecessary white space.

Anyone have a different method they use for creating digital art files? Any tips for being able to use the drawing tablet more instead of reverting back to the mouse for most steps?