And a Merry Christmas it is--our little Wraith just got her wings.
Again the throat armor took inspiration from Algenpfleger's Solider token, but other than that, just hardcore riffin', especially on the bg. I chose to make the armor designs vaguely based on the letter M, for Markov.
I couldn't have this token fully colored for the SOI prerelease since I needed to pull this peculiarly rare token from one of my packs in the first place. Once I ripped one, I kept it BW for the event since I didn't want to present a half-colored, not-yet-ready-for-prime-time token, especially when the others were allfullycoloredup or BW themselves.
I decided to color our little experimental letter sketch, from when I randomly bought ice cream for everybody in the share house, all of whom I didn't know.
I used to do stuff like that in college all the time, just randomly leave people snacks and stuff because I'd often win contests in my residential college for free food at the student dive or I'd have spare grub stored up from Commons or the Law School.
I don't like talking to people, so I express my humanity and affection in nonverbal ways, typically through art but also frequently through gifts.
I found a draft of an old letter I wrote to my neighbors at my old place when I randomly decided to buy everyone ice cream.
I thought it would look funny to draw right over it because I used to be so precious with paper and stuff--never draw on lined paper, keep everything nice and neat, etc.--but meh, just cut to the chase!
Another ad thingie I made, with the JP swapped out for some neato lyrics by TV on the Radio. Originally it was about a little viewing station you could watch old Pro Tours and stuff at.
And no, I'm not a Breaking Bad fan, I just like this song, and later found out it had some kind of BrBa tie-in.
I tried watching it, and it was so boring! I was like, this is what all the hype is about? It was like Hal sitting in a living room while a lady was talking incessantly or something and he was miserable having to listen to her(?)...I remember he had a briefcase or something that he was preoccupied with.
It was a while ago. Man, was it back in the US? I can't imagine I've had any opportunity to watch Western shows in JP...don't even have a TV.
And since I wouldn't feel right just stopping at Eric Canete's inks, I thought I'd try some monochromatic Copic tones on top of the lines.
This is the kind of piece you just get lost in, it was like 3 or 4 or in the morning, and I'm listening to old MTG Potpourri episodes and thinking about life and everything, working on this quasi-abstract design. What even is?
Anyway, another reason I admire him is because he's also a Copic artist. Inks and Copics with a resistance to digital. How about that.
He actually inspired this site, you know. My gosh, we just hit the 9th anniversary of this site a few days ago, and a large part of it starting up in earnest was this guy posting such inspirational ink stuff that I'd study to get amped before doing an ink illustration for the Penny Dreadful.
I actually called this site Removal because he called his Discard! Haha. In Magic, removal is my favorite thing you can do, so it fit for multiple reasons--obviously there's more to the name than just that but it was a great jumping-off point.
I remember being so nervous when I finally met him...I got him to review my stuff at Comic-Con once. I was expecting him to shred me apart, but he was actually quite positive...somewhat vexingly, since I didn't really know how to improve from there. But I don't think he was pulling punches, he's certainly not afraid of letting you know what he thinks.
And the thrilling conclusion to our little study, adding in a rainy background because I love, love, love the rain, accented with the white gel pen for rainy bounces.
I find that when the gel pen isn't particularly crucial it seems to perform satisfactorily, but when we really need it to land, like on a rim, it doesn't quite get the job done. So the hunt continues for a reliable white ink, but fortunately, I have some white Deleter ink on deck I'm looking to try out.
Continuing the lil study, super reduced colors, just two tones per color.
I always overdo it, so this was a nice little exercise in restraint.
However, I had to kinda squeak in some extra color for the grayish blue since I don't have anything quite that dull, so I had to mix in some flat gray over a light blue. And then obviously I went a little Eisakusaku on the scarf. Love scarves. Schoolgirl uniforms not so much.
But man, Japan loves those giant wooden-plug-buckle "sailor jackets" I call them, don't know what the technical term is. And I love them, too. So cool, yet classic-looking, and guys and girls can rock them.
Studying the a ref the great Pomodorosa pointed out. I actually saw her artbook in the store one night and thought I owed her a buy, and it's quite an inspiration.
I'm trying to loosen up and not focus on matching exactly...I dunno how off this theory is, but I feel like worrying about being exact is not long-term what I should be after. I want to capture the essence, the spirit of the piece. Also helpful, I'm using pen a lot recently, so it's forcing me to make decisions, and stop worrying.
Studying in ballpoint from Jake Wyatt's post lately.
Environments aren't toorribly interesting to me, but it's not like I hate them. Backgrounds have actually been my bag, but I enjoy drawing them more as an OCD sort of pursuit of perfection, not so much for the sheer fun of drawing settings themselves. It's just a service to make the characters look better, and I love characters first and foremoist.
Found a photo of an old watercolor painting I did in '14, Fourth of July-themed.
I remember painting this in a Sukiya. I used to camp out there while eating the Mega Cheese Curry (thing is yuuuge), and after missing the last train home one night, I eventually discovered I could use that place as a sub-1000-yen hotel! Just buy whatever you want and you can literally spend the night there since it's open 24 hours! I later would use this sick tech during prerelease marathons rather than make the commute each day.
In fact, here's how you hack prerelease marathons in Tokyo: just hit the FNM leading right into the midnight prerelease (there's usually about an hour after FNM to eat at the local 7-11 or Family Mart before the midnight event), then jam the midnight until morning, then ride around and sleep on the train for a couple hours before the morning's Day 1 (I recommend getting onto the Tozai Line and riding that full circuit up and down since it will lap right back to Takadanobaba just in time), hit up the Saturday prerelease by no later than 30 min before doors, then when the day ends you pop over to Sukiya for a bite and a sleepover, get your boot back to the Sunday prerelease in the morning again by 30 prior, and then by the end of day 2 you're back on the train headed home like you just pulled off a heist. A reeking, stinky, sweaty heist. Don't forget to pack your infinitely futile Japanese deodorant. But it will do you no good, naive child.
Japanese deodorant burns and burns and burns, but it, like goggles, does nothing.
One of my favorite words is "Bosnia-Herzegovina," just based on of how Christina Ricci pronounced it in that one SNL skit forever ago. I had no idea what that skit's context was back then, I just remember how funny the word sounded to me as a kid. Now that I'm older, I'm pretty sure it was about some awful human-rights crimes or war or something...don't want to look it up.
Anyway, long story short, this is a fudepen study from neat photo I saw one time.
Fairly foolhardy, but I packed all my Copics into my backpack for the SOI prerelease weekend so I could color during down time. Ever since I've been able to read cards in Japanese, it's become less crucial for me to hardcore-memorize the set before the weekend, since I can just read the set over a couple times and then look over cards on the spot to refresh my memory.
Well, I got to the midnight prerelease too late for the FNM beforehand, so I had a couple hours to kill before the Midnight, so I got to work on coolering this joomby, coolored live at the midnight shoop.
This was a G-Pen live-ink for Inktober '15, vaguely horror/spooky-themed.
I like the noose tie, but it's probably played-out at this point, if we're being totally honest.
Anyway, I figure her name is Ichabod Fae, a descendant of Ichabod Crane. The first born always gets that name, but she's a girl, so she prefers to be called Fae. She handles odd jobs that invariably have some horrific, fantastical culprit behind them, but she manages to bring the best out in them.