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 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:

The Fly: Ink and Watercolor

The Fly has always been one of my favorite horror movies since I saw it on TV as a kid. That giant fly-head freaked me out then and it still freaks me out now.

So I illustrated the monster in ink wash and watercolor, and played around a little with masking fluid too.

You can watch my process in the video below, and listen to Run Red Run and I gab about the movie.

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.

Sam Hain (from Trick ‘R Treat): Ink & Watercolor

One of my favorite kinds of horror movie is the anthology. They used to do them all the time in the early 70s — Tales From The Crypt, From Beyond The Grave, The House The Dripped Blood, Asylum — honestly, I could go on and on because I’ve seen them all and I love ’em.

They don’t do them so often anymore. And if they do, they’re rarely as good as the classics. One exception, however, is Trick ‘R Treat. A Halloween-themed anthology horror flick that doesn’t disappoint, it’s an annual watch for me this time of year.

And since Halloween’s so close, we drew a bonus monster this week. Sam, the pint-sized ghoul from Trick ‘R Treat is as adorable as he is murderous. Run Red Run and I talk about the movie while I ink and color Sam. You can watch the video below. Happy Halloween!

Frankie Scarlatti (from Lady In White): Ink & Watercolor

Like Bradbury’s Halloween Tree, Frank LaLoggia’s Lady In White is one of those things that can reinvigorate my love for the Halloween season. So it’s an annual watch for me.

So I drew the movie’s protagonist, little Frankie Scarlatti, then inked him up and used watercolor to color him. It’s just part of my endless attempt to get better at inking and watercolor (and natural media in general).

Here’s my process video. Spoiler warning if you haven’t seen Lady In White. Run Red Run and I gab the whole time about how much we love this movie. Here’s the video:

Inking The Silver Shamrock Kids from Halloween 3

Remember how everybody hated Halloween 3 at first — except me?! History has proved it’s one of the best sequels in the Halloween franchise and most people slept on it because it didn’t star their precious Michael Myers.

Well, I finally got around to drawing and inking some of the tragic victims of the Silver Shamrock Corporation’s sinister reality-destroying marketing scheme.

And while I do that, Run Red Run and I talk about Halloween 3. We also insert another episode of Ink It or Stink It right in the middle of all that. Here’s the video, should you want to watch:

The Bride of Frankenstein : Ink and Watercolor

Another take on a classic Universal Monster…The Bride of Frankenstein! With a respectful nod to the design worn in the original film by Elsa Lanchester.

I use ink and watercolor to illustrate the bride, while Run Red Run and I discuss Elsa Lanchester, Mary Poppins, and bawdy cockney songs.

We’re having a ton of fun in the studio drawing these monsters during October. Especially now that the cool weather is here and the ground is covered in leaves. If you want to see all of our monsters as soon as they’re uploaded, subscribe to our YouTube channel. For now, here’s video of me bringing the bride to life: