Inking (& Needle Felting) The Penguin

Another process video. This time Run Red Run and I talk about Danny DeVito movies while I ink a comic book style Oswald Cobblepot.

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Here’s the video for that.

And if you just can’t get enough of Cobblepot — and who really can — Run Red Run and I posted a video a while ago where she needle-felted The Penguin and we discussed ’60s TV Penguin, Burgess Meredith.

Inking The Phantom of the Opera

I forgot Run Red Run and I made this video! I use the very-new-to-me ink wash technique to ink up this sketch of Lon Chaney as The Phantom of the Opera.

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But, like I said, this video was made months ago — before the pandemic, before social distancing and quarantine. And before I had a chance to practice a lot of ink wash. So at one point in the video I almost blow the whole thing by spattering ink all over the place and panicking (as seen below).

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I think, in the end, I pulled it all together and got a decent result. But you can judge for yourself. In the video, Run Red Run and I discuss ink wash and Lon Chaney. -v

Happy Star Wars Day! Here’s a video of me inking a Baby Yoda.

Yes, I finally caved. Inked a Baby Yoda at a client’s request. My first one. I have nothing against the little guy. I was just kind of seeing how long I could keep the streak going.

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I also thought it’d be a nice opportunity to hone my ink wash skills. I’m told the Baby Yoda commission was a gift and the gift recipient liked it, so I guess I didn’t screw it up too terribly.

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And, side benefit, the gig got me to finally pull the trigger on that Disney Plus free trial (so I could watch the Mandalorian and see what this baby was all about). And I watched a few other fun things on there too. But I cancelled the trial before I had to start paying for it. What? I’m not made of money. Anyway, here’s the video. Happy Star Wars Day and May the 4th Be With You! -v

 

Inking Spider-Man

Some people think comic books are mindless fun. But I actually learned a lot of vocabulary words reading comic books back when I was just a kid. I talk about that this week with RunRedRun while I ink this Spider-Man.

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Full disclosure: I may have embellished the story a bit, but the point still stands. Comic books can be valuable learning tools. Hope you have a nice stack of comics to keep you busy during the quarantine. -v

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Inking Br’er Fox (ink wash)

Continuing with villains this week, I inked Br’er Fox, the villain of all those Br’er Rabbit stories. And since this illustration was based on the Disney version of the character, RunRedRun and I do a lot of gabbing about the Splash Mountain ride at the Disney parks.

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Oh, and if you stick around long enough, I do a quick, simple inking of another crafty critter from Chickapin Hill. The video is embedded down below. Stay safe! -v

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Haunted Mansion Bride (and Hatbox Ghost Bonus) Process Video

Yikes, what a weird week. I’m quarantined in my home studio, my friend RunRedRun is quarantined elsewhere, so we haven’t been able to work on any new videos. Here’s one of the handful we got in the can before the quarantine: The Haunted Mansion’s Black Widow Bride, with a bonus backup of her pal, the Hatbox Ghost. Hope everyone’s staying safe and healthy.

Scooby Doo’s Space Kook : Trying Out Ink Wash

Hey, if you’ve been following these short process videos I’ve been putting up with my friend RunRedRun, maybe you saw us ink a werewolf earlier this week.

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But this past Thursday, we had fun trying out ink wash technique for the very first time with a quick illustration of Scooby Doo’s creepiest monster, The Spooky Space Kook!

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How did it all turn out? You can watch the video below and decide for yourself. In just six or seven minutes RunRedRun and I manage to squeeze in quick conversations about inking, Scooby Doo, and Star Trek while I work.