Some more prehistoric skulls from the Natural History Museum. The big one is some ancient fish, the little one was a mammal. I don’t think I’d want to mess with either of these animals.
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The real challenge in switching from brush pen to rapidograph pen has been that the lineweight I can lay down doesn’t vary at all anymore. I had no idea just how much I used to rely on that to make slight adjustments on the fly. Now there’s almost no margin for error. It’s forcing me to strive for a level of perfection that I didn’t really think about before. With the brush, I liked to leave the figure and the proportions a little gooey. Now precision has become the name of the game.
Some time last year I started making a comic for the expressed reason that I hadn’t made a comic in a while. I was pretty happy with what I got out of it. I started with no idea where it was going to go. I just sort of had this image in my mind of a female Silver Surfer seated in the lotus position in an asteroid belt, so I made that panel 1, and went from there. It was just supposed to be a one-off, and I was never going to use the character again, but lately I’ve caught myself developing a backstory for her.
Three of her limbs are cybernetic. She uses T-1000-style liquid metal armor, which creates her prosthetic arms and legs. It also filters her blood, to make up for extensive internal damage. This results in her rather grim, no-nonsense sensibilities.
wow - your life drawings are incredible! so full of energy and fun. :) i can't believe you have not got more attention here. *followed*
Thank you! I’m glad you like them, it’s really nice of you to say so. Your work is quite nice too :)
It’s my own fault, I’m really dumb about promoting myself.
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I’ve forced myself to switch it up a little. I’ve been using a brush to lay down linework for more than a year, and it’s my general policy to change what I’m doing once I feel comfortable. I recently started experimenting with different kinds of pens, and I’ve come to respect, if not fear, the rapidograph. It creates a line with absolutely zero variation, and shifting lineweight is usually my bread and butter. This feels very limiting for me. I can’t wait to use it some more.