new illustration and sketchbook entries

Kiddig: Ready
Kiddig: Ready

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.

But wait, there’s more! While I was drawing Watterson environments I also doodled some of my own characters. Find them in my sketchbook.

watterson sketchbook: week 4 (final)

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!

it’s a start

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.

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