This was a quick sketch done after errands and before eating lunch. I used the ink tool in painter12. I used a couple layers and the preserve transparency option to colour it in.
The idea came to me yesterday… I think. I’m actually not sure if I imagined it yesterday or it was in a dream last night. But I remembered thinking about it and decided it would be fun to draw.
I sketched him in Painter12 with my 2B sketcher variant. I did the ink with the liquid ink tool. I coloured him in with the 2B. I did a little smudging on the body colour to get the nice transition from green to blue. Then I added highlights and the shadows.
When I doodle you can really see an influence from Bruce Blitz. I was a kid that liked art, and my supportive parents bought me a couple of books about drawing cartoons. There are a lot of books to ‘teach’ you how to draw stuff, but they always just give you a handful of characters and step by step instructions. The books by Bruce Blitz actually explained stuff and encouraged you to goof around with new characters. If not for an introduction to cartoons I would probably just have turned into a cowboy artist and would just be painting cows to this day…
Once again I just used the liquid ink tool in Painter12. I decided to play with the oil pastel tool for the colour.
This was a sketch I did several years ago. Done about the same time as this. Done on paper with a pencil. Most likely a mechanical pencil. Mechanical pencils are actually my preferred sketching tool in real life. I never really found I liked those animator pencils. Even when doing life drawing I prefer them. Give me my trusty old zebra 0.5 mm. They don’t make them the same anymore. The new ones are mostly plastic… “Back when I was your age…”
I decided to ink it in Painter12 today. I’m actually quite happy with the result. I am getting more of a feel for it. As always being able to undo and erase is great. You start taking it for granted… until you’re working with real media and make a mistake and realize you have no ctrl+z.
When I coloured him in I used a variant of the real2B pencil. When I use a larger version of it, it feels like working with chalk, except with softer edges.
Even if you’re the big cheese you will still have days like this. I’m doing a little practice with digital ink. I like how this turned out. I used a variant of ‘liquid ink’ in Painter12. I used a larger brush for the bigger lines, then filled in details and shading with a smaller version of the same brush.
I find it funny that the ink looks much better if it isn’t perfect. It’s the little bumps and imperfections that give it character. If you try for perfect lines you lose some of the personality. In the past I have ruined good sketches by trying to ink them. Now that I’m doing it on the computer I don’t run that risk. Not only do I have an undo button, I can even erase the ink.