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:

Inking The Sanderson Sisters (from Hocus Pocus)

Would you believe I’d never seen Hocus Pocus until this past Halloween? The movie’s 27 years old and I guess it just slipped under my radar somehow.

But this year, Run Red Run made me watch it because it’s one of her favorite Halloween movies. And you know what? I liked it. Liked it so much I inked this illustration of the Sanderson Sisters while we discussed the movie.

Here’s the process video of this Halloween Leftover.

And if you enjoyed the witches of Hocus Pocus, you might enjoy this creepy old witch house that Run Red Run and I built a few weeks ago. It’s our very first build like this, and we had a lot of fun. We’ll probably be doing more of these.

Inking Uncle Deadly (The Phantom of the Muppet Show)

This was a fun video to make. And not just because I got to draw one of my favorite scary muppets, Uncle Deadly.

And not just because Run Red Run and I got to talk about Muppets (which is always fun).

But this time, we’re also debuting a brand new experimental segment where SOMEONE ELSE does the inking. Have I got your curiosity piqued? Good. Watch the video and find out what I’m talking about:

Inking Muppets! Kermit the Frog and Fozzie Bear.

I know we usually ink monsters or villains (because they’re fun) but we’re lightening things up a touch today and inking Muppets!

Kermit the Frog and Fozzie Bear, up on stage, thrilling the crowd on open mic night at Chet’s Beef and Brew. Everybody’s gotta start somewhere! But you know with the talent these two have, they’re going places!

And while I ink Muppets, RunRedRun and I discuss inking, kazoos, and that one time we met a Muppeteer! I also spend most of the video trying to convince her to sing.

Plus, if you stick around ’til the end, I tossed some digital color on my inks. Here the video:

Inking Prince John (from Disney’s Robin Hood)

There’s this middle-era of Disney animation that I just love. One of the movies from that era is Disney’s Robin Hood.

The villain of that movie is the scheming Prince John, a lion (and lyin’) king that’s a pretender to his brother’s throne. But, as conniving as he is, he’s actually a pretty funny Disney villain.

So I inked him with a brush pen and finished with some ink washes, while RunRedRun and I discussed Disney movies and what we liked so much about the art style in Robin Hood. Here’s the video:

Inking A Skeleton Pirate (From the Pirates of the Caribbean Ride)

My friends and I love going to Disneyworld. But, honestly, I’ll wait until after the whole mask thing has passed…if it does.

Until then, I’ll have to settle for drawing skeleton pirates and talking about the Pirates of the Caribbean ride with Run Red Run.

If you miss riding the rides at Disney, or if you want to see me ink this skeleton pirate…or even if you just have 9 minutes to kill while your pizza cooks, here’s the link to the video.

Inking the Monster Cereal Mascots (Yummy Mummy and Fruit Brute) and trying out a Copic Gasenfude Brush Pen

When fall hits, you can always find Frankenberry, Count Chocula, and Boo Berry on the grocery store shelves.

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But their forgotten counterparts, Yummy Mummy and Fruit Brute, have been unemployed for decades.

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In this video, I ink up the monsters that lost their breakfast cereal endorsement deal, and talk about it with Run Red Run.

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And I try out a brush pen I’ve wanted to try for a while; the Copic Gasenfude Brush Pen. Did I like the pen? Sure. Did it cover my hands in ink smudges that led me to smudge ink all over my paper? You bet.

Inking Raphael (for a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Commission)

I like turtles. Do you like turtles? Everyone likes turtles.

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Despite that, I’d never really drawn a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle until a client commissioned one as part of a group project where 4 different cartoonists contributed a different turtle. I got Raphael.

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I had fun with it. And I had fun talking with RunRedRun about ninja turtles, inking, and the renaissance. Here’s the video if you’d like to listen in:

Inking The Green Goblin

Norman Osborn is a wealthy businessman, a doting father, and an evil super villain. Eh. Gotta take the good with the bad.

I inked a sketch of Green Goblin this week, and you can follow my process in the video below.

While I ink, I talk with my friend Run Red Run about cherished friendships, deadly enemies, inking, and Dave Wachter. Enjoy the video.