Micron 08 fine-point pen and Sharpie marker
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Micron 08 fine-point pen and Sharpie marker
While looking for a poem in our archives this week, we recalled a scan of a bee that we never got around to using as a photo reference. The poem received an edit and the bee enjoyed an evening in the spotlight after all this time.
This black and white drawing, created with fine-point pen and Sharpie marker, presents a dancer admiring her freshly drawn body paints.
Ellie on the Wall
Micron 08 fine-point pen and fine tip Sharpie marker
For last week’s sketchbook sunday, we explored rendering shapes, colors, and high-contrast areas with nothing but a black marker. But, something was missing. This week, we relented and allowed one more tool to achieve mid-tones: the Pigma Micron 05 fine-point pen. These drawings combine it a twin-tip Sharpie (fine tip on one end, chisel on the other) and liberal use of white space.
After practicing portraits and rendering for what seems like a year and a half now, on top of countless studies of comic book art for twice as long, we’re putting together some concept art and bios for a cast of characters. The main character will have her own blog to lay the conceptual groundwork. After that, we can move into producing some comic strips and full pages. And, who knows, maybe even an animated short. Wouldn’t that be fun?
More than once this year we have been thankful for the practice of sketchbook sundays. Sometimes, we need the reminder to set aside life’s little stresses and just draw. When you become absorbed in drawing, everything else just kind of fades into the background.
We undertook the quick marker sketch above to work out how we might render a heavily shadowed but full color portrait in nothing but black and white. We’ve rendered several color reference photos using different thicknesses of fine point pen, but here we took a stab at using nothing but a big chisel-tip Sharpie. What do you do when large areas of both positive and negative space are dark colors or black? Can you differentiate them still? Do they need to be differentiated for the subject to come through? Or can they be tackled comic book style with nothing but large areas of black ink?
We discovered the original comic book source panel for the image above in the “Made It!” Pinterest board from Longbox Graveyard. It comes from Daredevil #32, which means original art credits belong to Gene Colan, with inks by John Tartaglione. Something about the rendering of the shadows on the hand with bold black lines stuck with us, so we thought it would be fun to study.
Jack Kirby, of course, remains a legend for his bold and inventive use of black shapes to render objects. We like to study his panels and try to get inside how he thought of shape and shadow. The original reference for the image below comes from the Marvel Treasury Edition: Mighty Thor, which we photographed the heck out of before selling. Original art credits belong to Jack Kirby with inks by Vince Coletta.
Below, our first attempt at a portrait of the original nut in a clock tower, Charles Whitman, based on his current Wikipedia picture. It totally looks nothing like him, but it was fun to render with a Sharpie anyway.
The business coach we’ve worked for the past seven years often reminds us to take time to celebrate our successes. This carries a special importance when you work independently. After all, a sole proprietor works without any sort of company hierarchy to hand out employee-of-the-month awards, bonuses, or other forms of recognition. Artists working independently face the same challenge.
Plus, you can easily focus on all the things that haven’t yet worked out the way you hoped. If you try ten different things and one succeeds wildly, you might be too caught up in your nine other failures to really appreciate it. It takes a certain mental fortitude to keep moving forward, and celebrating your successes plays an important role in that.
Last week, we had a wonderful chat with a local business owner referred to us to discuss some potential ways we could work together. We mentioned, somewhat dejectedly, that we had only sold about five pieces of artwork since we began seriously attempting it last fall. She said it was funny we viewed it negatively, since she found that number quite impressive.
That made us pause and remember to celebrate our successes. So, we hope you don’t mind if we take a moment to review what pieces have sold in the last nine months. On a side note, our little poetry book has been selling a couple of copies each month, mostly overseas. Though that isn’t a phenomenal sales figure, it certainly does make us happy that the collection is getting out there.
Let’s have a look at what we’ve sold so far.
Behold the Awesomizer sold in February 2014 through eBay to a buyer in the USA.