Inking The Mummy

Time for another 6-minute video where I ink a monster and RunRedRun and I talk about stuff. This time, it’s mummies. Are they scary? What are their monster powers? Spoiler alert: We have no idea. But here’s me inking one anyway (with PIGMA Brush Pens and PITT Artist Pens).

Inking Khan

I’ve been uploading some quick, short inking/making videos on YouTube lately that show my process. Here’s the latest. Six-and-a-half minutes of inking Khan while my needle-felting friend Michelle and I talk about Star Trek. You can subscribe to the YouTube channel to see stuff like this every Monday and Thursday (time willing).

Inking The Headless Horseman

I’ve been trying to upload some quick inking/making videos on YouTube lately that show my process (albeit, at breakneck speeds). So here’s the latest. Seven-and-a-half minutes of inking the Headless Horseman while gabbing about our favorite versions of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.

Happy Halloween (ten months early). -v

Collaboration: Needle Felt & Paper Clay Snowman

Hey, here’s something different. My friend Michelle (Run Red Run) was at my studio this past holiday season and we thought it might be fun to collaborate on a little project — just to see how it’d turn out. So I designed this good-natured snowman.Michelle’s been needle-felting wool for a number of years, so she sculpted the body of the snowman, while I tried my hand at sculpting and painting the paper clay accessories.This was only my second paper clay project, but I had a blast trying to figure it all out and I hope to do more.The whole thing — our first practical collaboration — was lots of fun and we recorded the whole process too. Sometimes it’s just nice to try different mediums or a different workflow to help spark more creative ideas. Here’s the 8 minute video from YouTube:

You can see other process videos I’ve started uploading to The Long Lost Friend Studio YouTube Channel. And if you want to follow Michelle or me on any of our various social media feeds, here’s all the info you need. Thanks for stopping by.

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After-School Project: Making a Werewolf Paper Doll with Clip Studio Paint

I have a friend who is a grade school teacher and is always looking for creative activities for the kids in her after-school program. So every once in a while I make her a paper doll the kids can color, cut-out, and assemble. Since I did this near Halloween, I decided on a kid-friendly werewolf. And to make it, I used Clip Studio Paint.

Since this craft was intended for kids that could range from Kindergarten through Eighth Grade, I didn’t want to make the monster too scary for the little ones. I started the project by sketching out my friendly werewolf in Clip Studio Paint using a Layout Blue Pencil.

RULERS

Yes, I could freehand this sketch, but I used some of Clip Studio’s ruler tools to help me work more efficiently. I placed a Symmetry Ruler down the center of the page to quickly outline the monster using the standard G-Pen. Inking the left side automatically inks the right side. So you can draw things twice as fast.

In addition to the Symmetry Ruler, I used the Curve Ruler to trace the outline of the individual body parts. I use the Curve Ruler as a guide so my ink line is smooth and uniform, and doesn’t take long to draw. You just zip around that ruler like a car around a race track, and the brush settings takes care of the line weight.

The bonus benefit of using the Symmetry Ruler along with the Curve Ruler is that I only have to draw one of everything, and it’s duplicated (in reverse) on the opposite side of the page. Again, I’m getting a lot of this job done in half the time.

For the detail work, I turn off the rulers and just ink freehand. I prefer asymmetry for the details because it helps the illustration look more natural and hand-done.

Once all the details (and joint markings) are drawn in, the only thing left to do is print the illustration out and deliver it to my teacher friend for her to distribute to the kids.

And here are some of the paper dolls in progress during the after-school program.

I’ve been posting some process videos on YouTube, so if you’d like to see me work on this project at super-fast speed, here’s the video:

New York Comic Con This Weekend! Come Say Hi!

Come see me at the New York Comic Con this weekend. I’ll be sitting in for a few hours at the National Cartoonists Society Booth #1162 (near the Marvel pavilion). I’ll have my Bigfoot books (of course), my new Haunted Mansion poster, and I’ll be signing and sketching. Stop by and say hi (Friday 4-7/ Saturday 1-4).

Swinging With Those Happy Haunts Poster (With Video)

Inking The Ghosts

Here’s something fun I just finished. I doodled a ghost a day, ink on paper, hoping to end up with a stylized cross-section of a haunted mansion; an illustration you could ‘ride through’ with your eyes. Just an experiment; to see if I could do it.

The Tricky Part

The mansion is a kooky collection of spooky rooms, linked together through a series of twists, turns, ramps, and drops. It’s kind of difficult to reconcile the interior experience with the exterior facade. The toughest part was figuring out how to link all those rooms together in the same sequence as the ride in an easy-to-follow 2-D cutaway that made sense. It was a fun challenge to puzzle out.

Fiddling Around With Color

The more I completed the ink drawing, the more I wanted to see it in color. Muted colors, maybe, and a limited palette; something that evoked an early ‘70s feel to me.

When my friends saw what I was working on, they wanted a poster for their walls. I told them to quit creeping around behind me while I was working, and that I wasn’t planning on printing it. The inked illustration was the final stage.

Digital Color

But once the inks were finished and some high-res photos were taken, I started to think my friends had a half-decent idea. So I re-inked the illustration digitally, fixed some goofs, and added items I’d missed. It doesn’t have ALL the ghosts, but lots of my favorites. Then I did a color pass over the whole thing, keeping it light and fun, like a children’s book illustration or a kids’ comic.

Printing A Poster

When I was done, I kinda’ liked it. I liked it enough to print up a small run of 18×24-inch posters. Now my nosy friends who creep around my studio are happy. They can hang this on their walls. So now I have this small stack of spooky posters. If you know anybody who might wanna hang one on their wall, email me for details on purchasing a signed copy. Check out the video for a ‘ride-through’: