And now for something completely different. I found this castle drawing recently from a pen-and-ink course I took about this time last year. It needed some tweaking and has finally received it. View it in illustration.
Goodnight Calvin and Hobbes.
With this week’s sketchbook additions comes the end of my Watterson studies, at least for now. It has been a wonderful experience, and I’ve come to appreciate its daily presence. I forgot how much I missed seeing Watterson’s work every morning – just like I did after he originally ended the strip.
Hopefully the next artist whose comics I work from can fill the void. As sad as it is to put away Calvin & Hobbes, I’m excited to explore new work!
Check out my updated Watterson sketchbook page for a third week of entries.
Check out my second week’s worth of Watterson environmental studies.
The first week’s worth of Watterson-style environmental ink drawings is now posted on its own sketchbook page.
I’m trying something on my dudeldopp tumblr.
By now I’ve come to recognize that drawing environments and inking intimidate me. I generally avoid doing “backgrounds” because I find I’m not very good at them. I’ll only ink drawings I’ve already done, in great detail, with pencil – again, because I’m not very good with ink. Both of these things really inhibit my work, limiting my storytelling abilities and lengthening the time it takes me to create comics. I certainly can’t get better with environments and ink by avoiding them!
I recently got a great piece of advice: learn how to navigate the obstacles in your creative work by looking to the artists to whom you most aspire.
Check out two new drawings on my sketchbook page.