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

Sunday, 14 October 2018

Soggy Sunday


Inktober 2018 Day 14

Up, Up and Away!


Inktober 2018 Day 13

Friday, 12 October 2018

Inking Warm Up


Inktober 2018 Day 12

I'm working on a an illustration job at the moment so need an inking and colouring warm up (and can use it for inktober today too). 

Thursday, 11 October 2018

Cat Patrol


Inktober 2018 Day 11

Wednesday, 10 October 2018

Turning Up To The Page


Inktober 2018 Day 10

I reread the Inktober rules today, concerned that I wasn't obeying club rules. I think I am. This page is perhaps my third or fourth attempt. Ink smudged, lettering was off, panel order was not right and I'm still not happy with the way that rat looks. This page took far longer than it should.

My interpretation of Inktober is about turning up to the page, club rules mention being consistent, I think that means turning up regularly, not recreating drawings that feel the same. Although I may be wrong on that as Inktober does seem to be aimed at comic book artists. American comic book artists.


You can only redraw something before you lose the line to boredom. The fourth page was the one I was happy with, the lettering as well as the smudge free drawing. I do feel like anyone who wants to get better at what they do can use the inktober model to fulfil the contact and turn up to the page.

Tuesday, 9 October 2018

Monday, 8 October 2018

Everyday Distractions


Inktober 2018 Day 8

Got up. Cycled to work. Worked. Cycled home. Did illustration work and cooked. And that was the official day done.

It was a warm night. Between the house and the garden shed where I do my inky splattering, the cat wanted my attention and wanted to play. The shed light illuminated a patch of garden grass big enough for me to spin around with a stick and for him to chase the stick. He would disappear into the shadows and to my surprise pop up behind me. Hunter style.

Sunday, 7 October 2018

Sunday Extremes


Inktober 2018 Day 7

A particularly gruesome abattoir greeted me this morning on my back doorstep. The cat who lives with me usually devours rats head to tail, leaving just a tidy kidney behind. This morning however there was a lot of blood and a good three quarters of rodent corpse left from his nocturnal  mastications. It took a couple of watering cans and a stiff brushing with a broom to get rid of the evidence. Glad to get away from the scene to be honest and have a stroll around Sandal Castle.

Saturday, 6 October 2018

Friday, 5 October 2018

Old Man Stuff, Plus Cut Outs


Inktober 2018 Day 5

Thursday, 4 October 2018

Feral Cat on a Coal Hopper

Inktober2018 Day 4

Wednesday, 3 October 2018

Coffee and Biscuits at Work



Inktober 2018 Day 3. Feel all better now.



Tuesday, 2 October 2018

(I Don't) Like the Wind


Inktober 2018 Day 2

After almost a year using exclusively using Parallel Pens as my favourite pen for drawing, I'm now falling back in love with dip pens again. And using ink too. These past few pages have had a bit of ink splatter going on. sometimes it works beautifully and sometimes it can overpower the line work. The top panel of this page had a bit of toothbrush splatter and it didn't need it. Experience is the greatest teacher.

I don't like the wind. It destroys more of my garden than any heatwaves or floods have.

Monday, 1 October 2018

Contains ink and other liquids. Mostly ink.


Inktober 2018 Day 1

This encounter happened about a month a go and I took a blurry photo on my phone for future reference. I was doing pull ups on the monkey bars at Thornes Park trim trail and became aware of the tiny fellow nibbling a blackberry, staring intently at me. A healthy looking specimen and Manuel's line from Fawlty Towers came straight to mind. 'Is not rat - is Siberian Hamster' from the Basil the Rat episode.

This page contains more than ink and yet I am putting it under the Inktober banner. Technically I feel it could be disqualified yet inktober does seem to incorporate more than just india ink straight from an ink pot. I'm using my sketchbook to refine my drawing style. I have been planning a fairly large project for a client and I want to draw it in this pen and ink style. It takes practice, so I'm using Inktober and my sketchbook to get confident with drawing looser. I will also be doing a separate, storytelling comic workshop in November and my storytelling comics skills need a bit of a brush up.