After days of anticipating the end of Inktober, I celebrated this morning at work by… starting a new drawing.
This is different though because I started it in my big sketchbook, which is not ideal for inking, so I’ll be sticking to just pencils on this one. Also, it’s not X-Men related, so that’s a relief. It is still fanart for a comic series though, because I do have a brand to maintain. I’m thinking about trying to color this one when it’s done. I have a pretty limited color pencil palette to work with, but I think I just need to get used to working with color regardless of how well my available tools match what I’d like to do. The big relief is that the time pressure is gone. I spent a good twenty minutes on this new drawing today, and it’s nowhere near finished, and I don’t have to go back to it until I feel like it.
The picture for today is kind of underwhelming after all the other stuff I’ve experimented with this month. It’s a pretty standard front view of the figure with some surrounding environmental details. I’m not super pleased with the overall composition, but being okay and done is better than excellent and unfinished. I am very relieved to finally be able to take a break from inks. After doing it for a month straight, I feel a lot more comfortable with inking, but it’s still not my favorite thing. Mostly it’s because inking reveals a lot of my flaws as an artist that aren’t so apparent in rough pencils. I will return to it sometime, but for now it’s going to be nice to rest in my comfort zone.
When I think about my set of drawings for this year overall, the thing that stands out most to me is just how rapidly I branched out from static character portraits. I didn’t always opt to add backgrounds, but by the last ten days, it was definitely something that I was actively thinking about as part of the drawing as a whole instead of an add-on if the figures ended up being particularly simple. There was also a shift towards playing around with angles and perspective, mostly because it can get boring to always draw an upright figure from the front. There are certain drawings that I did this month that I was especially proud of too. At some point in the near future I think I’ll do a roundup post with links to the entire month’s worth of work and highlight the ones that I like best.
The final prompt of the month is “Ripe,” which put me in mind of the recent developments in the X-Books that mutants don’t stay dead anymore because they have a resurrection protocol fueled by the powers of five specific mutants, one of which is Fabio Medina who just announced in this week’s Excalibur #1 that he’s going by Egg now. Egg’s power is oddly specific; his body produces gold balls that were recently discovered to actually be unfertilized, nonviable eggs. With a little reality warping, these eggs are now used to grow replacement bodies for mutants who have died. Egg’s kind of a big deal these days.