My Game Nite crew and I have gone full dive into Dungeons and Dragons thanks to the popular series Critical Role. The characters are fantastic and the narrative impossible to not be drawn into. I decided to do a small character series in just pen and sharpie with no guiding pencils or a plan. I added some red ink smudges in specific areas for dramatic and thematic effects. Enjoy the Mighty Nein!
This one is an old charcoal drawing I did about 6+ years ago of a woman I was seeing at the time. She was exciting and reckless, and noticeably very beautiful. Unfortunately for me, she was as unreliable as a cat, so I came to nickname her “my stray”–only coming around when she felt like it and only as a means of escape. We had some great times, but obviously it would have never worked out. I’m happy that I captured this moment, though. This was maybe an hour session, if that.
Well, I managed to keep up with Inktober! It’s sad that I don’t draw as often as I used to, but it’s nice to see that I haven’t fallen off as far as I thought I did. For anyone interested, I do all of these free-hand in pen with no pencils or setups just BOOM from the brain. I have a bit of an advantage for Inktober in that I used to regularly draw in pen only as a way to keep myself from making mistakes and to teach myself how to correct/hide them as well. Hope you enjoy!
It’s October and for Illustrators around the globe that means it’s time for the #Inktober challenge! Every day you draw something with inks and post it up on social media. Normally I don’t do these kinds of things, but as someone who loves to work with ink I can’t pass it up. I taught myself years ago to just sketch with pen in order to reduce the amount of mistakes I made with pencil and to also learn to clean them up if I ever did mess up. This challenge is fun and it promotes daily drawing which is something I sincerely need to get back to. So, without further ado, here’s my current line-up of Inktober sketches with more to come as the month goes on!
For Father’s Day this year, I decided to take it back to the old days when I was younger and couldn’t afford to get my old man anything as a gift. Both because I couldn’t afford to get him anything as a gift and because I wanted to make it something a little more personal. I was able to snag movie posters for Wonder Woman and Justice League from my local theater to give him as a regular gift, but I also added in a sketch of his favorite characters to add some flavor.
Man-Thing and Thanos. I’d love to write that team-up. Thanos, pondering nihilistic existentialism while Man-Thing silently teleports him around the multiverse in a bizarre showcase of life and death.
I just finished Persona 5 and it is without a doubt my GOTY for 2017. That said, it is only mid year and so many amazing things have come out already. The latter half of the year is looking fantastic too. P5 just gave me something that I’ve wanted for a while now with JRPGs and it’s that total package feeling. From start to finish this game is polished in terms of visuals, menu mechanics, battle flow, storytelling, crafting, and everything else, top to bottom. And in conjunction with its previous entries, it’s a billion lightyears ahead of its predecessors. Persona 3 and 4 were in no way bad games, and are still in my top lineup for solid JRPGs, but Persona 5 just took every aspect of them to a new heightened level.
In honor of my completion of the game and just before I spend another 120 hours on my New Game + playthrough, I’ve sketched my OTP (One True Pairing) favorite couple for Persona. Futaba and Akira. It may seem odd, since she is considerably younger than the fans of the series, but in terms of both she and Akira, the age gap is very small. Her bond is unique compared to all the others because it’s one of perfect trust on a very vulnerable level. Futaba has to overcome both her trauma regarding the death of her mother and her own fear of socializing after years of seclusion. Akira brings out the best in her and supports her in a way that nobody else could. Combined with Sojoiro’s moving story about her, the story makes perfect sense for Akira to take care of her heart as someone that both she and Sojiro trust.
Also, she’s awesome and takes no shit. Strong-willed and super smart with a kind heart and a cruel sense of humor. This girl deserves the world.