Posted on October 13, 2016 by vincedorse
Every October people all over the world people celebrate “Inktober” by getting out their ink pens, brushes, and markers and attempting to do a new, ink drawing every day of the month.
Sometimes it’s random subject matter, sometimes people try to follow a theme. This year, I picked “The Haunted Mansion” as my theme and I’m trying to draw a different Disney ghost every day. Not sure if I’ll get one done every single day, but if you want to follow along (and see other Inktober drawings that other illustrators and cartoonists are doing) check out the #Inktober2016 hashtag on Twitter and Instagram.
As I make my way through Inktober, I’ll try to keep updating this post. Each happy haunt is done the same way: pencil sketch light-boxed onto Bristol board, then inked with Sakura brush pens and Pitt artist pens. Oh! And I’m trying to draw the ghosts in the order you encounter them in the Haunted Mansion. I’ll also try to caption them with the names they’ve been given, if any (though, there seem to be conflicting views on what certain ghosts are named, depending on what source you go to). Click to embiggen. Happy Halloween! -v
Daisy De La Cruz / Sally Slater
Quicksand Trio / The Hobbs’
Abigale Pateclever / Constance Hatchaway
The Sea Captain / Capt. Culpepper Clyne
The Hanging Man
Jack the Ripper
Passenger in Hearse
Lady Opera Singer
Opera Singer Guy
The Headless Knight
Gus (Hitchhiking Ghohst)
Ezra (Hitchhiking Ghost)
Phineas (Hitchhiking Ghost)
The Hatbox Ghost
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Posted on April 10, 2016 by vincedorse
This is a quick sneak-peek of a project I’m working on with some comic-creator friends. Just an informal art-jam kind of thing. We’re supposed to wrap up by the end of the month, maybe a little while after that. But when we do, I’ll be sure to post my process on this monstrous page. I just wanted to give you a little preview because I’ve been having a lot of fun working on it and I wanted to share. -v
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Posted on January 30, 2016 by vincedorse
Hey! Since this blog is all about process – and since I just got back from Disneyworld and I still have “Small World” running through my brain – I thought I’d share this fun process post my needle-felting friend RunRedRun put up. It’s a step-by-step process on how she put together her Haunted Mansion/Hatbox Ghost felted sculpture and diorama. If you like Disney, ghosts, or needle-felting, you’ll enjoy looking at her process.
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Posted on August 5, 2015 by vincedorse
About a year ago I did a four-page horror comic called Gobbled for an anthology that vanished into thin air. I finally decided to post the whole comic at my comics blog, but if you stick around here I’ll show you how I put it together. It’s a pretty simple process, nothing tricky.Step One: Pencils. I sketch out my ideas in sketchbooks or computer paper, scan them in and organize them into a page layout. My pencils are usually a little looser, and not this polished, but I wanted to get the shadows right and the pencils stage was a good place to practice.
Step Two: Inks. The figures and backgrounds were inked in MangaStudio. I love the inking brushes in that program, but I can’t stand the text tools. So this was actually lettered in Adobe Illustrator. You can see I took out the bedroom mirror (didn’t want to deal with reflections and bouncing light sources) and chose (wisely) to plaster more posters on the wall instead. You can also see I was experimenting with different kinds of hatching for the shadow areas.
Step Three: Flat Color. I colored this in Adobe Photoshop. You know the drill — just fill in the shapes with flat color. It might be the most mindless step in the process but it takes…so….long….
Step Four: Full Color. Again, Photoshop and, again, experimenting a bit with different brush textures. I wanted a real pulpy look, like an old newsprint comic book. Someday I’ll get brave enough to ink, letter and color all in one app. Until then, I guess I’ll keep leapfrogging from one program to another. If you missed the link at the top, you can read the whole four-page comic on my comics blog. -v
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Posted on January 31, 2015 by vincedorse
There he sits in an old Dutch churchyard, the Headless Hessian atop his horse. The Legend of Sleepy Hollow is one of my favorite stories of all time. This isn’t my first run at the horseman and it won’t be my last, but this is the first one I created almost entirely in MangaStudio, so I’m posting the process steps below.
Pencils: I sketched this in MangaStudio with a blue pencil tool. It started out much rougher, but I just kept adding layers, drawing over my sketches and refining the forms until I got to a stage I thought was good enough to ink. I should mention I use a Wacom stylus/tablet, but you could also use a Cintiq or Yiynova tablet monitor. And if you’re some kind of superhuman ninja, I suppose you could use a mouse, but I wouldn’t recommend it.
Inks: With the blueline sketch on one layer, I opened another layer on top and used some inking tools to lay down the blacks. The G-Pen is a good, dynamic tool that puts down a nice, variable width line. But if you want to experiment beyond the standard tools, there are MS users who create/sell their own brushes online. I’m always experimenting and trying new brushes.
Toning: I used a handful of brush tools to give the drawing some grey tones. Rough-edged brushes for the grass and headstones to give the texture some bite, and softer tools like airbrush and blenders for the gentle variegation in the trees and sky. For the figures I used a smooth, hard-edged brush to get bold, solid forms.
Colors: Once the grey tones were finished, I opened another layer or two on top for the color. I experimented with Overlay and Multiply layer modes so the colors interacted with the grey tones underneath without obscuring them. The finished version’s at the top of this post. But you can see in this two-shot that I did one version of the Horseman in blue tones with a fiery orange jack-o-lantern in his hand, and another version in sepia tones that references a passage in the story where the Horseman carries a severed head on the pommel of his saddle. I haven’t decided which version I like better, but they’re both fun. Grisly, but fun. -v
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