Tuesday, 30 October 2018

Emotional Siren Song


Inktober 2018 Day 30

The thing with doing these pages for Inktober is there are little edits I would make if I had the time. Today I would change the 'sniff' wording to a 'sob', it would get over the fact that a piece of music can bring me to my knees. Pages in my sketchbook are usually made around doing other things and probably catch the spontaneity of the scene more than being 'accurate'. 

Monday, 29 October 2018

Watching Small Hedge Hoggery


Inktober 2018 Day 29

Sunday, 28 October 2018

The Season For Vivid Red Ivy


Inktober 2018 Day 28

Saturday, 27 October 2018

The Forgetful Thing I Am


Inktober 2018 Day 27

So this Pressario C700 laptop is old. I bought it in 2009 for £400. 2GB of RAM, 1280 x 800 screen resolution 1.83GHz Processor, Windows Vista pre installed. PC World saw me coming. The battery now holds about 20 minutes of charge. Vista was always slow and after a few years the machine was soon unusable, unable to run a basic browser without hassle, I don't like throwing things away so it lived in the 'Council Dump Recycling Box' in my cellar for a few more years, waiting for its inevitable crunchy end at a recycling plant.

That is until last year when I managed to get Ubuntu 16.04LTS installed and working on it. It didn't solve everything but it did get the computer up and running enough when plugged in so that I could store and play music, stream Youtube videos and play DVD's without problems. The sort of stuff that's useful in the kitchen when I'm cooking, and I've been very happy doing that.

An update message told me Ubuntu 18.04LTS is now available and would I like to install it. I like to keep my systems up to date if I can so went ahead. Long story short, it slowed the machine right down to Vista levels of performance, the most irksome thing was the boot time went up to around five minutes. I'm not that much into computers, I know enough to be dangerous and the idea of trouble shooting the problem (which was probably processor related anyway) filled me with dread. OS rollback time.

Before I got into all this I had started running a bath upstairs thinking, it'll only take me a minute to get the downloads started, I could go back upstairs, do my thing and  come down ahead of the update game. As soon as I sat in front of the computer I forgot all about what was happening upstairs. The bath didn't over flow... much. I caught it in time, the jolt of remembering there's a bath running was refreshing to my heart.


Friday, 26 October 2018

The Simple Things in My World



Inktober 2018 Day 26

Thursday, 25 October 2018

Achievement Of The Happy Days


Inktober 2018 Day 25

Wednesday, 24 October 2018

Tuesday, 23 October 2018

Windy West Yorkshire


Inktober 2018 Day 23

Another windy walk into work. I got grit in my eyeI drew this page really quickly trying to catch the wind and the colouring isn't that great but you get the general idea.


Monday, 22 October 2018

Feeding the Night


Inktober 2018 Day 22

Feed the cat, stoke the boiler. So easy to get it the wrong way round.

Sunday, 21 October 2018

Night Terrors


Inktober 2018 Day 21

I redrew the last panel because the original was
deemed too scary by my internal editor.



Saturday, 20 October 2018

Friday, 19 October 2018

Repetition Repetition Repe...


Inktober 2018 Day 19

Thursday, 18 October 2018

Comic Page Construction Notes


Inktober 2018 Day 18


I nipped out to the Off License to buy chocolate. The sun was low and sickeningly blinding. I walked passed a cat on a wall, which was wide eyed and exotic looking. That was the reality of the day and I turned that into today's three panel strip for inktober, using experience to fuel imagination.

This page started out following a three panel frame work.

Panel 1 - Do Something or observe something
Panel 2 - Thing goes wrong or becomes irritating
Panel 3 - Reaction/Resolution to the first and second panels

The frame work is just a guide to start the page off and can be discarded at any point, it's there to get the idea going. I lightly pencilled the page and made the words up as I went. The words should compliment the image, they don't have to repeat what's happening in the image exactly, words and pictures working together and not competing. For me the panel becomes poetry when our hero from the past is nipping out not for adventure but for a bar of chocolate.

A mundane modern day fable of going to the Off Licence for a chocolate fix. I really didn't have the time to draw streets today so trees became my preferred background quick draw, A slightly more interesting character than me squinted into the Sun and the wide eyed cat that was sitting on a wall gained the ability to talk, adding a mystical twist to the trip.

I painted out redrew the figure in the first panel when I started the inking. The figure was the same proportion as the one in the second panel. This zoom out in the first panel sets the scene, a figure in a landscape and makes the arrival of the cat in the third panel feel more impactful. The cat really did have large hypnotic eyes that filled my field of vision, perhaps not as sinister as I've drawn.


(New favourite nib! I have a box of vintage nibs which I thought were all Perry & Co No. 227 EF but the box turned out to also contain 22 Henry EF Nibs, which have that fine and broad flexibility I crave in a dip pen nib).

Wednesday, 17 October 2018

Fake Bees


Inktober 2018 Day 17


A messy page today. I struggled with the pen nibs I've been using for the past 16 days (Leonardt 801's) which are capable of very fine and flexible broad lines and complement the A5 size of my sketchbook. I dropped them or they rolled off the desk bending the nib tines when they hit the floorboards and just wouldn't draw smoothly. I've gone through three in as many days which has severely dented my 'good nib' supply. I switched to Penny & Co No. 227 (EF) and Zebra G-Nibs which I have enough off. Might be a good thing, going bold.

Tuesday, 16 October 2018

More Vampires


Inktober 2018 Day 16

Monday, 15 October 2018

Some Vampires


Inktober 2018 Day 15