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Reed pen cartoon, part 7

24 Jul

This cartoon started innocently enough, but when things went wrong while inking, my imagination kicked in and made me draw all kinds of things I hadn’t dreamed of before. It’s like telling a story you never heard of before. It’s like magic.

Reed pen cartoon, part 7

So it’s crude and perhaps not very pretty, but it is imaginative. I also like the alternative word balloon of the elf, which emphasizes she is some kind of parasite. When she speaks, she sucks all creativity out of you. Instead of making you find ways to get something, she just gives you what you want. Thusly you’ll get lazy at inspiring other people so they’ll do things for you.

That is all.

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Reed pen cartoon, part 6

24 Jul

Drawing small is good for exploring possibilities, because you’re not too attached to the sketch, which only took a few seconds, two minutes tops. However, when you think you have something, you need to blow up that thumbnail. You can add more detail, give it more zing for its zang, so to speak.

Reed pen cartoon, part 6

As you might have noticed, I’ve added some finer details to this ink sketch. It seems that if you use the reed pen upside down, it gives a very fine point. I wonder if this also applies to other kinds of dip pens. It makes sense, though, because the bottom of the pen blade has a more gentler slope towards the tip (in the direction of the pen’s axis) than the top of the blade, which typically has a straight angle. It means if you turn the inking utensil 180 degrees around its axis from the normal position, you are in effect writing with the sharp edge between the top and front of the pen blade (or the nib in case of a pen with replaceable nibs).

That is all.

Reed pen cartoons, part 4 and 5

24 Jul

I decided to see if I can reproduce the same drawing and examine what the influence of a clear underdrawing is.

To check the reproducibility, I used a character I’ve drawn before, the tweetbird. I drew him in an easy to draw pose. As you can see, I either can’t draw reproducibly, or the character hasn’t yet been properly designed and still has to evolve into a more iconic form.

Reed pen cartoon, part 4

It was hard to draw using the underdrawing, because it wasn’t very clear what lines were the right lines. Furthermore, I need reading glasses and a good lamp to help me see my lines better. I guess a bit of midlife-crisisy procrastination is at work here as well. We all want are eyes to be as perfect as the day we were born, while we know eyes age just as well as the rest of the body.

All of that aside, in the next attempt, I first sketched the underdrawing, partially erased the lines and redid the lines I thought were the best ones. After that, I inked the characters with a reed pen and ink, and only used my trusty magnifying glass for the details (and for closing the lines that were supposed to be closed.

Reed pen cartoon, part 5

I think that the ink lines are much better, although it is a new character. Restating your scribbles into clearly defined lines surely helps to make clearer ink drawings, even though your design might not be as well done.

There is a catch, though. I assumed a clear outline and fill for my characters. However, there is a more artily way to draw cartoons, which uses less well defined designs and more spontaneous lines, splatters and even inkblots. I’m not sure yet what technique is used, but I’m quite sure a well defined underdrawing is not part of that particular technique of rendering a cartoon drawing.

I wished I was more experienced and could offer better advice for those of you who want to try different techniques and styles. I haven’t found much guidance either, other than to develop your own style. I am, on the other hand, of the opinion that your style should be dependent on the subject matter. An artist should have a range of styles, from which he or she can pick the one that is most appropriate for the project at hand. And if the artist hasn’t mastered that style yet, there is an opportunity to learn, which is always a lot of fun.

That is all.

Drawing Leo Laporte, part 21

24 Jul

It has been more than a month that I drew Leo Laporte, so I decided to draw Leo from a screenshot I took from the live feed on live.twit.tv. I used color pencil for the underdrawing and inked with both a Micron pen and a reed pen, using Indian ink.

Drawing Leo Laporte, part 21

I decided to add some lettering as well, and a TWiT critter on Leo’s shoulder.

That is all.