Once again, this year I am participating in Inktober, where the goal is to do a drawing everyday for the month of October. So far I have been able to keep up with doing one drawing every day in real-time. Here are this first week’s drawings.
To start off, I decided to do a drawing of the Rebirth version of Batman. Originally, I had decided to do a depiction of this version for Batman Day. However, as I discussed here
I changed my mind after Adam West passed earlier this year. Instead I chose to draw this version for Inktober and get it out of my system.
I’m not thrilled with the way this turned out. It feels stiff and poorly planned out to me now. Looking ahead, the theme for the final day is “mask”, so I may revisit this on the last day of the challenge. Time will tell.
This was a sketch I did last Monday night. I couldn’t really think of anything and just started drawing this. It evolved as I went and turned into this. I decided to call this character Hothead.
For this one I wanted to do a more traditional Clayface drawing. I’ve always like the flowing, runny look of the character and tried to emulate this here. This also lead me to using an inkwash on this piece. I loved the results it gave me and am now using it on other drawings this month. Watered down ink is something I have used before, mostly influenced by Tim Sale’s work, but I didn’t think I would have time for it due to the speed of which I have to crank these out to meet the daily deadline. The results I got with this convinced me that it is worth the extra time.
The theme of this day was “Underwater.” I don’t feel the need to be tied down to the prompts, but I decided to go with this one to do an Aquaman piece. Here I went all in on the inkwash to try to give it a murkier feel. Also, while I have used white out in drawings before, I have never used it to this extent. I am really happy with the effect it gave me here and am continuing to use it.
For this day, I elected to do a drawing of henchman superstar, Jaws. That day was also Global James Bond Day as it was the anniversary of the premier of Dr. No, the first James Bond movie in 1962. I considered doing several James Bond themed pieces, but finally decided to do Jaws. For most of the day, I assumed I would draw Oddjob, and worked out several compositions in my head. Later on though, I chose Jaws due to my love of Richard Kiel and his signature grill.
“Sword” was the theme for this day, so I decided to do my favorite sword-wielding character, He-Man. Having him stare down a battlefield with Skeletor reflected in his power sword was an idea I had awhile back but struggled to get the composition right. I couldn’t think of a better time to do this one though, so I worked it out. Online, this is the one that has had the best response from people, so I feel like I accomplished what I set out to do.
The final installment for the first week I drew a scene from the movie Duel. This is a movie I hadn’t seen before but had been interested in. Last Saturday night, Svengoolie on his show, broadcast this movie. If you follow me on Twitter, you know that I tweet during the show and am a big fan. I had thought to do a drawing centered around the Svengoolie show that day. Since they showed a movie I had been wanting to see, I picked this as the subject of that day’s piece.
Well, that’s it for the first week of Inktober 2017. Check back later as I post other drawings I do for the month. Fingers crossed that I can keep up and not miss a day. You can also check out my drawings as I post them daily on my Twitter @detective651.
Thanks for reading.