Inktober Wrap-up!

And here comes the end of Inktober 2015!  This is composed of three parts because I was somewhat slow to upload them here, so let’s jump right in to the first set.

The first set, 21 to 24 is all related to Natural Selection 2.  I totally have had a lot of fun playing it over the past year or two, so had to draw it as well.  Initially I was going to do all 5 of the alien lifeforms but I was hindered by the fact that the sketchbook I was working in was going to run out of pages before the last image!  I didn’t want to break up the set over two sketchbooks so I decided to pick the ones that I generally played — and then add in the MAC to represent the marines.  Thus, here’s the skulk, gorge, and lerk that I ended up doing.  I really like how the MAC came out especially though.  Definitely one of my favorites from all of my Inktober images.

Next up, parrots!  I went through and picked a whole flock of them.  In order, a budgie, Meyer’s parrot, Hahn’s macaw, blue & gold macaw, red rump parakeet, and alexandrine parakeet.  By now, everyone should know I like birds, gee.

My final image for Inktober, however, didn’t exactly have the greatest start.  It took me a while to decide what to do since I decided I was going to do a full page spread (versus the half page per image I was using for all the previous ones).  I ended up going with one of my dragons from Flight Rising.

Inktober 2015 #31 - Ganymede

Looks nice, right?  Well, let me note that all the fixes I did on it were done traditionally with acrylic paint.  So it’s not 100% ink like previous ones.. But why would I need fixes in the first place?  Because I spilled black ink over a reasonable sized chunk of it courtesy of a not-quite-closed container.  I think I cleaned it up pretty nice!  I will probably do a minor digital cleanup pass at some point too, but at this point, I’d rather just leave it at the minimally edited version.

Anyway, that brings Inktober to an end.  I’ll hopefully have some new projects posted soon!

Small Projects

I’ve also done some small, one-off images recently.  I’ve been trying to work with the methods discussed in the Magic Box, just so I get some more experience with it.  It had some pretty mixed results but I think at this point I’ve finally figured it out.  None of these are particularly interesting compositionally, however, as I was focusing more on the actual technique.  Hopefully in whatever my next set of smallish projects end up being, that’ll be more of a factor.

Golden Lerk Avatar

 

The first thing I did  was to do a a quick avatar of a lerk, one of the aliens from Natural Selection 2.  I did this for one of the competitive players I like pestering, Golden, who plays lerk for Titus Gaming.

At this stage, things were probably a bit too sharp.  I wasn’t using the lasso/gradients effectively and at a certain point just ended up just painting like I normally did.  Probably too much too fast, or something.

Asimov Doodle

 

I also of course had to draw more budgies because budgies are awesome.  I wanted to update an avatar or two of my own, so I made this, but I didn’t end up using it as much as I’d been thinking.  One of the things I noted about it was though I liked the style, but probably should have left it as a sketch and redrawn something more interesting for a better actual avatar.  I learned a bit more on how to effectively draw the little wing markings for budgies, though.

Risk - James Voulge

This might have actually been done before the drawing of Asimov, but it was within a couple of days of it, at the very least, hence similar styling.  Anyway.  Needed (yet another) avatar for a character I’m playing in a friend’s game.

Either way, these two middle drawings were probably too much the other direction — too soft, too flat.  The colors, also, are pretty weak.

Bryndel Badge - 2014

One of my long time friends from the great realm of the internet goes to one convention each year and so I try to make her a badge for it of her character.  It’s a bit large for a badge but it definitely allowed me to put in some more detail there.  Maybe I should have made the whole thing a bit smaller but oh well, too late now — I sent it off in the mail today.

This one, however, I’m much happier with.  I feel like it’s not hideously soft and not super sharp.  Sure, it could do with a bit more refinement, I’m sure, but it was a small item with a due date so I couldn’t do much more than that!