Thursday, October 16, 2008

What has come before...

Here are the things that I've scanned in already from the first few sketch nights. Figured they should be posted here, as well as the Three Trees blog...

This first one came out of a new drawing challenge that Dusty and I came up with. Basically, one guy draws the basic form and layout of a creature, and then we pass it back and forth, taking turns drawing limbs, heads, and details. Then one guy inks it to sort of tie it all together. We call it a Monster Jam (or Monster Jelly, as Dusty prefers). It's amazingly fun, and the creatures look a lot more cohesive than I thought they would. This dragon was initially roughed-out by Dusty. I drew the head, an arm, and the tail; Dusty drew an arm, leg, and lots of body details. I had a blast inking it... I'm a big fan of drawing wrinkles and cracks, so I really savored this one. We both agree it's the best dragon either one of us have ever made.

The other creature we made is a little more original... the Aqua Yeti. I did the rough plan, the claw, and legs, while Dusty did the head, tentacle arm, and body. He inked it and really went nuts on the details, as usual.

This Phoenix drawing is by Randy Rustin, who is a drawing MACHINE... cranks 'em out like no one's business. This was one he did for my wife, Laura (Phoenix is her favorite character):

This one is a portrait of our dog, Zoe, by the super-talented Amber Stone:

This is one of the guys from Evil Ain't Easy, pencilled by me and inked by Matt:

And the Rebuker, of course, pencilled by me and inked by Brad Shipp (check out his deviantART page here... amazing!)

This one was penciled by Randy and painted/inked by Amber, I believe:

This one was penciled by Matt and inked by me. It is the main character from Matt's upcoming book. This was fun to ink, because Matt and I share a love of bold lines.

The zombie was penciled by me and painted/inked by Randy. It turned out like a zombified Rebuker (accidentally, I think).

The rest of these were penciled by Randy and inked by me. Randy puts us all to shame on these sketch nights. While the rest of us finish a half-dozen drawings or so, Randy ends up with a inch-thick PILE of drawings by the end of the night! His pencils are extremely loose and fun to ink over with brush pens.

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