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 Muppets! Kermit the Frog and Fozzie Bear.

I know we usually ink monsters or villains (because they’re fun) but we’re lightening things up a touch today and inking Muppets!

Kermit the Frog and Fozzie Bear, up on stage, thrilling the crowd on open mic night at Chet’s Beef and Brew. Everybody’s gotta start somewhere! But you know with the talent these two have, they’re going places!

And while I ink Muppets, RunRedRun and I discuss inking, kazoos, and that one time we met a Muppeteer! I also spend most of the video trying to convince her to sing.

Plus, if you stick around ’til the end, I tossed some digital color on my inks. Here the video:

Inking Prince John (from Disney’s Robin Hood)

There’s this middle-era of Disney animation that I just love. One of the movies from that era is Disney’s Robin Hood.

The villain of that movie is the scheming Prince John, a lion (and lyin’) king that’s a pretender to his brother’s throne. But, as conniving as he is, he’s actually a pretty funny Disney villain.

So I inked him with a brush pen and finished with some ink washes, while RunRedRun and I discussed Disney movies and what we liked so much about the art style in Robin Hood. Here’s the video:

Inking The Green Goblin

Norman Osborn is a wealthy businessman, a doting father, and an evil super villain. Eh. Gotta take the good with the bad.

I inked a sketch of Green Goblin this week, and you can follow my process in the video below.

While I ink, I talk with my friend Run Red Run about cherished friendships, deadly enemies, inking, and Dave Wachter. Enjoy the video.

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.

Making a Maze in Clip Studio Paint (for the National Cartoonists Society Activity Book))

I’m no mazologist (is that a word?), but I was asked to create a puzzle page for the National Cartoonists Society Activity Book. If I had to do it on paper, I might still be working on it. But Clip Studio Paint made it easy and quick. Oh, and I’ve added a link at the bottom letting you know where to download your own copy of the activity book!

Inking

This maze is packed with illustrations of my Untold Tales of Bigfoot characters. And since I know how to draw those guys, that’s where I started. I sketched in their shapes roughly in digital pencil, then used the Layer Color function to turn that sketch a light blue.

Then, on another layer, I inked with a brush tool. Doing it this way is low pressure since I can fix errors on the fly and get the work done much faster than I’d be able to with ink on paper.

Halftone Greys

Since this activity book will be a black-and-white publication and not color, I use Clip Studio Paint’s halftone dot patterns to add screen tones. The first step is to create a selection of where you want your dot pattern.

Then, from the pop-up menu, select the second-to-last option, New Tone. This brings up another pop-up that gives you options on the density and type of dot pattern you’d like to drop into the selection.

Once you pick one, click OK and the pattern appears on another layer, in a MASK that you can add to or subtract from— giving you the option to paint in (or remove) the dot pattern with ease.

Curve Rulers

Again, I’m not a maze-maker. So it took me a few (dozen) tries to digitally pencil out a path for Scout to take through the woods in his quest for Bigfoot. Doing it digitally made it easier to start over when I screwed up. But once the paths of the maze were set, I clicked the Layer Color option so I could turn the pencils blue and ink over them on another layer.

The lines of the maze aren’t ramrod straight or particularly smooth curves, but I used the Curve Rulers anyway because, besides helping you follow a designated path, they also help you keep a consistent line weight.

Drawing these lines freehand would’ve resulted — for me, at least — in inconsistent, bumpy lines that wouldn’t look very good. The Curve Ruler helped make the lines smooth and evenly weighted, but with a natural, hand-done feel.

Text Tool

For very simple typesetting like adding a title to this page, the Text Tool in Clip Studio Paint is a breeze. Just grab the text tool, plant the cursor where you want your text, and type it out. You can resize with the point size dropdown, or just grab a corner of the bounding box and stretch it to fit.

Eventually I used the font dropdown to change the font into something I thought fit better.

Finally, I used the Rounded Balloon tool in conjunction with the Text Tool to give Bigfoot and Scout something to say.

So that’s about it. Nothing too difficult. Just some very simple tools in Clip Studio Paint that make a relatively basic job a little easier and a bit quicker.

Now, the NCS Activity Book is packed with all kinds of puzzle pages from some of the most well-known cartoonists in the world: Sergio Aragones (MAD Magazine), Mo Willems (Don’t Let The Pigeon Drive The Bus), Jeff Keane (Family Circus), Jerry Scott and Jim Borgman (Zits), and many more. The pdf download is a pay-what-you-can deal of a lifetime and the proceeds go toward the NCS Foundation. You can find out more about that in this video as well as watch me put this Untold Tales of Bigfoot Maze together in Clip Studio Paint.

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

Illustrating a Coloring Book Page for Pittsburgh City Paper

Look at this mess right here.

This is a coloring page I illustrated for the Pittsburgh City Paper Coloring Book. It’s a fund-raising effort to keep the lights on at one of our local alt-weekly newspapers after the financial havoc the pandemic has wrought. I did the whole piece digitally, in Clip Studio Paint, from blue pencil to final inks.

In the video below, you can watch me put the page together, and learn a little bit about some Pittsburgh traditions (like Picklesburgh) as I discuss it all with Run Red Run. You can also learn where to pick up one of these coloring books if you’re so inclined.

It’s loaded with art from 34 Pittsburgh illustrators and cartoonists, and each page is dedicated to some Pittsburgh-related lore or tradition. And even if you’re not in the market for a coloring book, you can still take 7 minutes out of your busy day to goof off and watch a doodle video. Have fun, stay safe.