A new year has come and so will new deeds. Most recent I have illustrated the first issue of Grimoire, a fanzine made by the guys behind the Swedish OSR game Svärd & Svartkonst, containing game material for that very game and games alike. Please note that this fanzine is written in Swedish. The illustrations are in pencil and one or two of them will soon be seen in my portfolio which is to be updated in near future. Grimoire as available here at DriveThruRPG. If you are a Swedish role-playing gamer do not hesitate to get it!
Waiting in the pipeline are several illustrations for another swedish OSR game called Ockult Örtmästare (Occult Herb Master), by Ockult Örtmästare Games, vaguely mentioned before in this post. I have also illustrated a map, made digitally in Clip Studio, for another of their games, Ut mot skären (Out Towards the Islets) which is to be released pretty soon.
As mentioned in a previous post the art of Mike Mignola means a lot to me. His original style and characters has made him sort of a legend, especially to lads and gals thrilled by gothic horror and weird fiction. And many of them brood on how to draw like Mike.
Actually there are thousands of contributions on this subject out there on the net – forum posts, blog articles, video tutorials, and so on.
And now it is time for me to make you a Mignola tutorial, right?
But no, I will not – since you may attack Mike’s style from many directions depending on how you choose to decipher it. Though I will share one of my favourite grips on how to read Mike’s way to build a good sense of 3D by the principle that less is more.
… This, of course, is not just applicable on the art of Mike Mignola. As you will find in the inks mentioned below you may apply it to everything you would like to draw.
Yes, as you may have guessed, I am talking about The Bargue Method. Please read the following links to understand exactly what I am talking about; to get how it applies to Mike Mignola.
Yet some doodles made by bedtime though not in bed. Tonight I sat by the kitchen table by the soft under cabinet light. Such lighting is pretty bad for drawing, I know, but cosy.
I tend to like to doodle and sketch in bad but cosy lighting which sort of inspires me; it makes me relaxed and that gloom gives me mystical vibes. Since I often work in the genres of weird fantasy, science fiction and horror it fits me like a glove. Sure, it does not do for finished products but as I said, it is while sketching and fooling around.
And nowadays everything is more cosy then ever here in Sweden; it is late autumn and winter is approaching. The sun falls in the afternoon and by 6 pm it is dark as Indian ink. Sure it is also very depressing, but when you, like me, live in the countryside and dwell inside in the warmth that melancholy easily transform into coziness … Thick darkness, cold winds, whirling leaves and/or heavy rain or sprinkling snow. I mean, imagine what guys like Ray Bradbury or Stephen King could make of such things.
Yes, I definitely drew this sailor because of this. Old school sailors are awesome and thankful spin-offs; maybe I should try to make a finished drawing of a fishy sailor sometime.
Tonight I finished a very nice novel, Huset vid vägens slut (The House at the End of the Road), by the Swedish author Magnus Nordin. It is a crime and horror story about a bunch of teenage boys who discovers that this haunted house they think is only a ghost story is much more real than they imagined.
In this novel there is a character called Buddha; a bald, obese and demented fellow, dressed in nothing but a bathrobe and slippers. So, when I doodled this evening I ended up with some sort of sketch of this guy. … I guess I should have made him much fatter, but a doodle is a doodle.
As I might have mentioned before I am not a fultime illustrator; I have a fultime job as an after school recreation instructor. That means that I do a lot of developing spare time activities with the children, and not rarely we draw together.
Today I made a couple of tattoo inspired drawings and was suddenly struck by the realisation that I have never shared any of these drawings on my website. … Better late than never.
I did just finish another one; a quick doodle of dear old Tom Bombadill. A bit weird in some parts, but a doodles is a doodle and to keep the pencil going is more important then the specific result. As I have mentioned it is about drawing for the sake of drawing; you do not always have to be at your best but have future results in mind.
As I promised in my previous post I will now show you a few examples of my bedtime doodling. As I said, it only takes a relaxed mind, pencil and paper to get a few minutes of daily drawing for the sake of drawing. Excuse the bad lighting but it sure is work by bedtime.
Inktober; everyone becomes an artist sharing their masterpieces on social media; inked pieces are jetted on a daily basis. But not in my case, no, since I have a real struggle finding time to do so. The time I can spare for my art are fully dedicated to commissions, a shame really, since Inktober is a great chance to drill oneself. Yet I am not alone trying to find time; time is the poverty of our society, but I suggest doodling. I myself am trying to do some bedtime doodling, grabbing my sketchpad, pencil and eraser when I tuck in.
Actually I find it very effective since I both practice and relax while doing so. And I find this moment of quite, relaxing drawing as something extraordinary, since the mind and pencil then are allowed to travel in ways they wouldn’t when I sit down to make a specific piece for a specific creation. Sure, sometimes I just go for stereotypical practices like faces or hand and so on, but I don’t mind since it is practice and I aim for a relaxed mind; to let me draw for drawing itself, not to perform the best I can.
So, if you like me find inktober a bit … forced, or if you like me make art that is 90+% ink already, then doodle. Grab a piece of paper or whatever and something to draw with a take your time when there is time; on the bus, on the train, in the car, in the bed, in the bath, whatever.
Keep up and I will give you another post soon, showing my bedtime doodling.