Zombies and Witches. Halloween is Coming.

Hey, we are back from hiatus on our YouTube channel and celebrating fall, the upcoming Halloween season, and monsters of every stripe. So here’s the latest process videos we dropped.

First, Inking The Tarman Zombie from Return of the Living Dead. A favorite zombie movie of mine, and a great opportunity to practice my inking.

But we also work in 3D at the studio. We wanted to experiment with foam clay, so I made this witch’s mask. Didn’t turn out too bad, and now I wanna make more.

Hope you enjoy the videos. We have lots more fall/Halloween/monster related projects we’re trying to squeeze in before the end of the year. If you’re into that stuff, come on over and subscribe to our YouTube channel, Long Lost Friend Studio. It’s spooky fun. -v

Inking Batman’s Scaliest Villain, Killer Croc

A few weeks ago, Run Red Run and I descended into the Gotham City sewer system to ink Batman villain, Killer Croc. And like some of the other things I’ve inked on our YouTube channel, Croc is currently (as of me typing this) available in my shop.

I used a brush for some of it, but I really relied on my tech pens for texturing his arm wraps, scaly skin, even the hatching on the slimy stones in the dank tunnel.

And for fun, Run Red Run played a round of Ink It or Stink It and inked another batman villain favorite, The Scarecrow.

How did we each do with our inking? You can watch the video and see -v

Toned Paper Drawing of the Kanamit from The Twilight Zone

I don’t work with toned paper very much (I did that Jekyll & Hyde sketch back in February)so I thought I’d get some practice in.

For my subject, I picked the Kanamit from the classic Twilight Zone episode “To Serve Man” It’s always been a favorite episode and I had a Kanamit action figure on my shelf to use for reference.

I used the same tan-toned paper as last time, and a range of regular graphite pencils (4H to 6B) as well as a white charcoal pencil.

I think I made just a little progress with this one. And I had fun talking with Run Red Run about The Twilight Zone and my Kanamit action figure. All that stuff’s in the video, if you wanna watch. -v

Two Hellboys for the Price of One!

And since nobody’s charging an admission fee, that price is free. Free to watch me ink this Hellboy.

I used traditional, brushed ink on watercolor paper, something I’ve been trying to get better at.

But that’s not all — I said two Hellboys and I meant it. In an episode of Ink It or Stink It, Run Red Run also took a shot at inking a Li’l Hellboy drawing I did!

How did she do? You’ll have to watch the video to find out. Hope you like it! -v

Inking The Addams Family: Traditional vs Digital

If you watch my YouTube channel at all, you know I’ve been working on improving my traditional inking skills. This week I tried a little test with my favorite family of kooks, The Addams Family.

I did a sketch of the Addams clan and tried inking it traditionally — with pens, brush pens, and brushes. I thought the results weren’t too bad. Definitely better than they would’ve been had I not been practicing inking for the last year or so.

But I also wanted to pull the sketch into the computer and ink it digitally. I’m more comfortable with that process, and I figured I could compare and contrast afterward, to see what I needed to work on.

Both the traditional and digital versions are in this video. As well as some pics from a LIFE Magazine photospread featuring actors who DIDN’T get roles in the Addams Family after auditioning for them.

Inking Daredevil

Did a quick video where I practiced my spot blacks with a Daredevil piece. (First image digitally colored)

Most of the time, when I’m doing comic-style work, I go light on the inks, leaving the image open for color.

But I know that even a heavily-inked piece with big patches of black in the right places looks great once the color is added….and has the further benefit of looking amazing as a black-and-white illustration.

So, in this video, I’m practicing dropping more ink into an image than I’m used to. And I’m having fun talking with Run Red Run about inking, commissions, and Daredevil:

Inking Grogu (Baby Yoda) Plus: Ink It or Stink It!

I know. I inked a Baby Yoda last year. But this one’s better. And it’s all done with brush, no pens (not even brush pens)!

The primary reason I drew this little cutie again is because Run Red Run and I both got Disney Plus (finally) and we’re really enjoying The Mandalorian.

In this week’s video I ink Grogu but, as a special bonus, Run Red Run also plays a round of “Ink It or Stink It” and inks her own Grogu. How’d she do? Gotta watch the video.

This is the way:

Fairy Commission (inspired by my Morels Game Art)

A few years ago I did the card/box art for a card game called Morels. It’s a 2-player game wherein you ‘forage’ for mushrooms and your score depends on the type of mushrooms you find in the forest. A fan of the game contacted me about doing a commission inspired by my game art. It a little bit “Shiitake Night Card” and “Fairy Ring Night Card” and it was a lot of fun to work on.

This was an actual ink-on-paper commission and the face of the fairy was small and delicate, so I pulled out the ol’ magnifying glass while I was inking so I wouldn’t muck it up too much.

I also used a masking fluid to mask off the full moon behind the fairy while I ink washed the night sky. I go over my whole process with my friend  RunRedRun in this week’s YouTube process video.

The link to the video is down below. And, honestly, if you’re into two-player card games of strategy that don’t take all night to play, look into Morels. It’s got a pretty strong following of supporters.

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde Toned Paper Drawing

I haven’t attempted a toned paper drawing since it was forced upon me in tenth grade. The teacher was trying to teach us about the three values (dark, midtone, light) but I used it as an excuse to goof off and phone in the assignment. I regret nothing.

But I did think it was about time I revisited the toned paper. So I picked up a pad of Strathmore tan toned paper, grabbed some soft lead pencils and a white charcoal pencil and tried to figure out what my high school art teacher had been patiently trying to convey to me all those years ago.

For my subject matter, I picked characters from one of my favorite horror books, The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde (the fact that I just bought a Mr Hyde action figure might have also figured into my decision). And I talked to my friend  RunRedRun about Jekyll and Hyde, toned paper drawing, and my awful tenth grade art.

All in all, for only my second time with this medium, it didn’t turn out too bad. Here’s the video. No rest for the wicked.

Inking the General Mills Monster Cereal Mascots (Franken Berry, Count Chocula, Boo Berry)

Last week we had another Halloween Leftover. The General Mills Monster Cereal Mascots!

I wanted to have a little fun with them, so I made them just slightly creepier than they appear on the cereal boxes.

We’ve done a few videos since then (subscribe to our YouTube channel to stay up to date) but here’s Franken Berry, Count Chocula, and Boo Berry getting the ink wash treatment: