Ink-Only Sketchbook… Excelsior!
I find myself at the end of my first year at the Center for Cartoon Studies. One of my goals this summer is to keep an Ink-Only Sketchbook, and to keep you, dear reader, in the loop as I do it. I’m having fun — some stuff from my head; some stuff from pictures. No pencil; no white out; no prep. I’m doing these with my pentel pocket brush and my new (eBay) rapidographs, but I’ve been using so many new tools I should really do a post about that in itself. Click any image to big-a-fy. Here’s a collage of stuff I like from the first few pages:
And for fun, here are some drawings side by side with the reference I was copying from. First is from street fasion photog The Sartorialist. I probably wouldn’t seek out this blog on my own, but I get such guilty pleasure from it when my friends share it on Google Reader. I just love the gesture in this one.
I don’t know if this is interesting or if it makes my drawing feel flat by comparison. Let me know in the comments if you want. But it’s also a way to let you know what I’ve been looking at. Here’s one from another photography site, The Big Picture. It’s a great reminder of the powerful and artistic work done by photographers for wire services, the bulk of which is usually only seen by photo editors. I loved this composition.
The final image is a reminder that I’m still just a boy who loves comics. I saw the new Iron Man movie, and I’m glad I didn’t read any criticism beforehand. I loved it, and I wish I was 12 so I could love it even more. I went back and reread the very similar current comics series Invincible Iron Man, and liked reading it more than before. No surprise really: it’s written by Matt Fraction. Anyway, here’s War Machine in issue 11, being a badass.