Just like last year, I’m participating in Inktober again this year… trying to draw at least one new hand-drawn illustration each day. Last year I didn’t quite make it to the end, but I hope to actually complete 31 illustrations this year. Time will tell. Be sure to checkout the Inktober Web site if you want to find out more of what this is all about. I have been posting daily to Facebook and will be posting weekend summaries on the blog like I did last year every Sunday to collect all of the week’s creations.
For now, though, I would like to call your attention to the Troy Library Mini-Con, which takes place on October 14th (one week from today) in Troy, NC. The convention is being held at the Montgomery County Library, located on 215 W Main St in Troy and runs from noon until 5:00pm. There will be lots of free comics, cosplay, trivia, dealers, guest artists, and pretty much everything you expect from a comic convention! Also, there will be a raffle as part of a fundraising effort to raise money for Rod Haase and his battle with cancer. Rod is an actor who has been in many things, but comic fans of the 1970s might remember him from the Legends of the Superheroes on TV where he was the first live-action Flash!
Please checkout the Troy Library Mini-Con page on Facebook for further information and updates about the convention. Also, please visit Rod Haase’s GoFundMe page if you aren’t going to be able to attend this convention but still would like to contribute to helping him with his expenses. For my part, I am unable to attend this convention in person but I did donate my first two days of Inktober sketches to the cause, so if you want to own the original art for either of these pieces shown below you will need to attend the show next Saturday!
The first illustration is on 9×12-in. Canson 98-lb paper and is a portrait of the Flash inspired by Rod Haase’s original portrayal on TV from 1979. The second illustration is a 2.5×3.5-in. personal sketch card of the Flash in motion. I have signed both sketches on the reverse side and included a link to my blog in hopes that whomever wins these at the convention will visit here and say hello. I hope everyone who attends the convention has a good time next weekend!
Inktober is a thing, in October, started by Jake Parker back in 2009. It has grown over the years but the core concept is to complete and share one ink drawing per day for the entire month. I’ll skip the detailed history and origins and leave it to you to visit the Inktober Web site for yourself as he covers it pretty well there on his site.
So, I decided to participate this year… and I have been dutifully completing at least one new drawing per day since the beginning of the month. With the exception of that week where I was without Internet access, I have been sharing my creations every day, as I complete them, on Facebook so please check me out there to see what I’m drawing new each day!
My original plan was to make a weekly post here on the blog, and collect the previous week’s worth of dailies so that I didn’t interrupt my comic strip during the week. My Internet outage killed that plan as it spanned more than a week’s duration and killed what would have been my first two weekly update segments… but finally, I’m going to start catching up today.
I decided to go small, and every drawing for Week One is a 2.5 x 3.5 inch personal sketch card sized illustration.
Inktober 2016 Week One:
It’s easy to pick my personal favorite from the first week… Spongebob Squarepants! After that I probably like my Spider-Man card second best. Oh, and if you think that black cat looks super creepy, it might be because I gave it intentionally incorrect human-looking eyes just to be weird. 🙂
Please let me know what you think and remember, if you’d like an original commission by me or would like to hire me as an Illustrator, please use the Contact page and let me know as much as you can about your request.
So… there are a lot of comic book TV shows on right now. It’s something of a renaissance of comic book heroes on TV. I’m watching most of them, at least the ones on traditional TV and not the ones exclusive to streaming services to which I don’t subscribe. I hadn’t drawn a new picture in a little while, so over the weekend I tackled this one.
This is, of course, Supergirl… and I had a promotional still of Melissa Benoist from the CBS TV show to use as reference. She does a really good job in the role, and the show itself is generally entertaining. She’s the second person to be grabbed from the Glee TV show (Grant Gustin plays the Flash on the CW) to play a DC hero. I wonder who might be next?
I tinkered with this one for quite a while. I tried something a little different with the nose than I was doing last year. Basically, less line-work and more shading. I like how that turned out. The more I look at it the more I’m happy with it, though initially I wasn’t sure I had captured the actress in the likeness as much as intended. I was sure I had successfully drawn a pretty woman, but wasn’t sure I had drawn the one I meant to be drawing!
Please do let me know what you think, and remember, if you’d like an original commission by me or would like to hire me as an Illustrator, please use the Contact page and let me know as much as you can about your request.
*Longtime followers will recognize this as a retelling of one of my earliest stories. If you want to see what happened in the non-orange universe, please go back and read stories starting with https://iesjv.wordpress.com/2014/12/01/sects-monday-12012014/.
People like my comic strips… and people have really liked my recent Technical Illustration posts… but one of the most consistently searched areas of my blog continues to be my logo and insignia work; in particular, my Spider-Man head and my Flash and Reverse Flash insignias. Check out my Comic Book Company Logos and Insignias post from last year to see what I’m talking about.
I attribute at least some of this popularity to the recent success the CW has had with shows like Flash and Arrow. So, never let it be said I don’t try and give people more of what they want! Here’s my rendition of a bust-style illustration of the Reverse Flash costume from the Flash TV show.
Your eyes are not deceiving you, by the way, there is no person inside the costume! I’m actually thinking of doing a series of bust illustrations in this style with various costume-only renditions. If you have a favorite character, please let me know and I’ll see if I can add it to my queue.
Remember, if you are interested in requesting my services as an Illustrator, please use the Contact page and let me know as much as you can about your request.
More playing around with my own logo designs… I’m actually surprised to have not seen something like this one before. I’m a fan of DC Comics’ Captain Marvel (Shazam!) character from way back before they owned him.
I cheated a little, because I already had a pretty good lightning bolt for this design from my Flash insignias… and I thought it would look good to use that as the Z in Shazam! Below are a 2D version and a 3D version. The 3D version is closer to what I would consider a final logo design that could just about be considered complete as presented here.
For anyone wondering… I also tried variations with the lightning bolt as an S instead of the Z… and even a design with both letters replaced with lightning bolts. Replacing both letters made the design way too busy, and use of the S instead of the Z really throws off the balance of the design, which works far better with the lightning bolt smack dab in the middle.