Head shapes

Some inking practice in clip studio paint using the real g-pen (one of the default brushes supplied with the app). The aim of the exercise was essentially to improve my digital drawing by limiting myself to using only one brush. I love the default brushes in CSP and the real g-pen is one of my favourites. This page was completed over a couple of weeks by adding a few heads at a time usually for about 20 to 40 mins.

I had the urge to colour some of these and tried out a few palettes and added some rendering.

May 2020

I’m pretty pleased for the most part with my work from the last few weeks, I tried some new working methods and I gotta say I’m really enjoying inking at the moment.

Started off the month with a #MonsterMayhem art challenge prompt. I began inking without really figuring out the structure of the horns but the colouring was a lot of fun and I even added a little noise to the background for some texture.

Kermit turned 65! YAAAAAAAAY!!! The perfect opportunity to try out Matty B’s big wet set in procreate.

I LOVE this set! there’s sooo much variety and the included overlay layers are just amazing, a real quick and easy way to apply subtle textures.

I’ve also been using this inking brush set by Juan Albarran available now on gumroad for clip studio paint, favourites so far include the main brush, dry brush and rake brush.

Here’s some quick tests using the set:

Big F@#k off Worms fan art sketches…

Fan art sketches of X-365 created by Neill Cameron.

Legacy of Kain sketches.

Current lockdown mood…

Drink coffee and draw

Totti (J Francis Totti) & Forpe (Darrell Thorpe) have been streaming their work daily on Twitch:

If you’ve never seen it they chat about all things comics while working on their latest projects Big F@#k off Worms & Baron and the Kat.

Here’s some fan art of the guys drawn in clip studio paint.

April 2020

#AlienDay sketches drawn in CSP using mostly default inking tools to get those nice chunky inks and colours.. that xenomorph blood sure is acidic!

April sketchdump… swamp guy, mister deaaathhh, dental dude.

Finally watched Primal!

sixfanarts 2020

Jared of OK Comics list for the #SixFanArts challenge was too good to pass up, I mean c’mon… Marv and an extinct shark together on one page! Pretty awesome!

I roughed out the basic layouts in procreate before going straight to inks in clip studio paint. I initially added some screentone but later found that greyscale shading just seemed to work better.

I really enjoyed this, a much needed distraction during the last few days.

March 2020

Been a hell of a month… hope you’re all keeping well, looking after yourselves and each other.

Drawing is my refuge in times like these so I decided to do something for #NationalPencilDay to take a breather, relax a little and get lost in some hatching.

I also drew a quick Buzz Chickson for a #drawthisinyourstyle challenge by Tim McCourt.

and some rough sketches…

December 2019

Hi Ho! Hope you’re all keeping well, not much happening in the sketchbook atm but here’s a few things from the iPad.

Glass Hood fan art sketches drawn in CSP.

Prey fan art sketches drawn in procreate, tried a few variations of the alien designed by J Francis Totti using different references and approaches.

Tutorials

I followed some clip studio paint tutorials by PJ Holden earlier today:

I picked this up on a weekend break to Cork in 2015 for the Cork Comic Expo (still has the Eason price tag). The tutorials by PJ provide a fundamental breakdown of the techniques required to get started with comics in MS5 and there’s also a longer article later in the mag on How to create your own comic.

Here’s my notes from pages 20-23:

Despite my terrible lettering this has been a really useful exercise, I’ve got a much better understanding of how to colour in clip studio and I just love the simplicity of using less layers and following naming conventions.

If you’re not aware, PJ also has a plethora of fantastic advice and tips on his blog and twitter and I have every intention of trying each one.

In the meantime, I’m gonna go re-read Dept of Monsterology and then drool over PJ’s bits and bobs… er… I mean PJ’s Cork Expo sketchbook.

Enjoy the rest of your Sunday!

November 2019

Carnage

Quick sketches drawn in CSP using the rough pencil.

I finished this head sketch on a bus ride to Dublin, ridiculously pleased with the lil Venom speech bubble.

I spent WAY too long on this before I realised it wasn’t working.