Stepping back: comparing the ink project

I decided that it might not be a bad idea to take a step back and look at the inks I’ve been working on.

For those that haven’t been following (I know, I know, no one has been), I started doing ink cards and ink works late last year as a way to learn more from photos and film.

I wanted to learn more about lighting, about texture, and about things that I can’t just pull from my head. Most of the work over the years has been right from my head, either as an original piece or based on a story.… Read the rest

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A new ink card and a different idea: Fossil

While I’m working on these ink cards, I’m trying a few different ideas out. Of course, one idea is purely commerce driven, I’m unemployed and selling things keeps food on the table. But artistically, there are a few things at play here.

First, I’m trying to relearn what I knew about inks so many years ago. Ink art can be a challenge, using a few lines to create a reality. There are certain methods to approach creating texture, like the weight of the line, the directions of the crosshatching next to other lines, and so on.… Read the rest

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New Ink Card: Aknot

Now, I’m not sure how many will know who Aknot is, but let’s just say I enjoyed making the ink card (5″ x 7″, ink on 140 lb. Cold Press as usual) and leave it at that.

Ok, I guess I can let you know. Aknot is a warrior/creature that appears in the wildly underrated film The Fifth Element. I thought he would be a fun creature to try, and one that’s a bit more challenging.

I think there are two parts to that challenge. First, whenever I start these inks I always prefer to have a solid, sharp place to start at.… Read the rest

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New Ink Card: Nightmare

I’ll be a guest at VisionCon next week in Springfield, Missouri, and I’m trying to create more art to show (and sell there). I’m also having fun doing these ink cards, it gives me more confidence going into larger pieces.

I’m also getting good practice working from a photograph (or a series of them), which I haven’t done much in the past. Most of the time, I’ve just pulled things from my head. But I think if I base every image off of something in my head, I might lose a sense of what something really looks like in real life.… Read the rest

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Two New Ink Cards

Over the busy weekend, I’ve still managed to create two new ink cards, both based on ancient stone sculptures. They are also both ink on 5″ x 7″ 140 lb. Cold Press paper.

The first is a gargoyle, based on one that I have here in my office. I’m having fun toying with the close-up ideas on these, and this one is no exception. It’s based on the same gargoyle that I did previously (it’s on my “art for sale” page), but much closer and with a black background. I call it Gargoyle Dream.… Read the rest

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