All of my Inktober pieces up until now have been done with ink and brush. I decided to switch it up for a bit and show some pieces done with my copic ink pens. These two pieces are actually from a while back, quick doodles from one of my moleskine sketchbooks. I like how loose and fun these sketches are.
Two more pieces for Inktober. These are both based on sketchbook sketches. I'm not so sure about the bear and racoon piece. It turned out a little rougher than I wanted. One thing I do need to do is get some new brushes. My current ones are getting a bit ragged and hard to use.
I've been really busy with some freelance work the last month or so, so I haven't been able to do much of my own artwork, but here's a piece I did for Lilla Roger's Global Talent Search. I didn't make it past the first round, but this is my entry for the first assignment. I ended up going off in a direction I didn't intend, but I learned an awful lot in the process. This was done mostly in Photoshop. The experiments continue!
Here are a couple of pieces I've done recently based on moments from the book "The Wolves of Willoughby Chase". The first one is of the maid Pattern dressing Sylvia, who's thinking about her poor old aunt who she used to live with. The second shows the caretaker Miss Slighcarp speaking to the carriage driver while taking Sylvia and her cousin Bonnie to a boarding school. Two of my favorite books when I was younger were "Blackhearts in Battersea" and "Nightbirds on Nantucket" by Joan Aiken. "The Wolves of Willoughby Chase" was the first in the series, which I somehow missed back then, but have recently caught up with. Joan Aiken wrote these wonderful Dickensian stories that take place in an alternative early 19th century world, and I just love them. I've been wanting to do some black and white pieces geared towards middle grade novels for my portfolio, and these stories were the perfect inspiration. Enjoy!
I was going to save this post for the holiday season, but I've decided to share it with you now after all. It's another double page spread from the book "Busy Trucks On The Go" which I illustrated recently. And look who's there! Dan, the Taxi Man and his pup! I loved that Eric Ode, the author of these books, wanted Dan to make a cameo in "Busy Trucks" and this is one of my favorite pieces from the new book.