Creature From The Black Lagoon : Ink Wash and Watercolor

Fall is here, finally. And Halloween cannot be far behind. So it’s the perfect time to work on some monster art. We’re starting off this season with a classic — The Creature from the Black Lagoon.

I tried out watercolor over ink wash, to see how I’d like it. I’m no watercolor expert, but I had fun.

And while I inked and colored the creature, RunRedRun and I discussed Milicent Patrick, the creature’s designer, who didn’t get the proper credit for her work early on. Here’s the vid:

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 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 and Coloring Scooby Doo’s Captain Cutler and Trying Out Neon Markers

Had a little fun with another Scooby Doo villain. This time it’s Captain Cutler, the creep in the glowing diving suit that chases the gang around Rocky Point Beach.

I inked him with Sakura PIGMA Brush Pens, and colored him with some Copic Markers and Winsor and Newton Neon Markers that I ordered just for this little project.

And while I do all that, Run Red Run and I talk about markers, old-time diving suits, and that one time I went fishing. Here’s the video.

Inking (and coloring) Sesame Street Monsters

Can you tell me how to get to Sesame Street? Great. Now tell me how to get away from these creepy alien muppets.

I kid. I love these guys. But they did give me the creeps when I was five.

In this video, I ink these monsters (and maybe a surprise monster, too) and Run Red Run and I talk about Muppets and Frank Oz.

Inking The Thing

When I inked The Hulk last week, I did it knowing that I’d be inking another bruiser this week that the green-skinned goliath has gone toe-to-toe with many times, the ever-lovin’, blue-eyed THING!

In this week’s video, I ink Ben Grimm, while Run Red Run and I talk about the inking process, and try to decide who would win in an all-out slugfest between these two Marvel monsters.

I also drag out my old ToyBiz Fantastic Four toys just for fun. Do you remember these? Did you own these? We ended up playing with them for an hour after shooting the video.

I’ll tell you right now, I’m not sure we figured out who’d win a fight between The Hulk and The Thing. But we had fun. If you have fun watching the video, consider subscribing to our YouTube channel. Run Red Run and I are always posting videos where we make art and talk about pop culture. -v

Inking The Hulk

What life-threatening, rage-inducing incident would cause you to turn from logic-driven scientist into a giant, fury-fueled, green monster? Could it be something as harrowing as a traffic citation?

Run Red Run and I discuss that and some of the other reasons Bill Bixby turned into Lou Ferrigno in the old Incredible Hulk series. We also discuss some of our favorite Hulk toys.

And while we babble about the Hulk, I ink a sketch of the green goliath. Here’s the video. -v

Inking King Kong

If you thought I was picking a favorite in the Godzilla vs Kong debate when I inked Godzilla last week, you were — well, you were right, actually. I picked Godzilla. But Run Red Run insists King Kong’s gonna win.

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So, instead of agreeing to disagree, we dredge up the subject one more time while I ink Kong. Let them fight. -v

Inking Godzilla

I’ve always preferred human-sized monsters to giant, building-sized monsters, but…whatever. To each his own. I still had fun inking this Godzilla.

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Michelle (Run Red Run) and I talked about Godzilla movies, the old Godzilla cartoon, and some other Godzilla-adjacent subjects during this very short process video.

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It’s a quick illustration done with the Pilot Shinpitsu Pocket Brush Pen and inkwash. Nothing too elaborate, and it kind of explains itself but, basically, I inked in the basic linework with the Pilot Shinpitsu, then slopped on an ink/water mix with a brush.

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If you feel like killing five minutes, here’s the video:

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