Finishing the “finished” art has been delayed because it turns out I had to replace two of the possums. This is a thing that happens. Sometimes you just have to replace your possums.
Here are the replacement possums, ready to paste onto the already overloaded collage pages of this very strange little “story”. Or storylike comic. Whatever this is. One has a bit of a background, the other does not.
The good thing about this is that I think I have finally learned how to draw a cute little cartoon possum with enough real-life based detail cues to be instantly recognizable.
Today in the studio: bright lights, small comics. This project *will* be finished today! The art, anyway.
(Lenka black and white from the new iPod touch.)
Pen Week returns after a brief delay. The scritchy scratchy pen is the collective term for a succession of fountain pens with extra fine (EF) steel nibs that do the most of the small linework around here. Many people use a dip pen with a crowquill nib for this job, but I have always favored the self loaders. For many years my scritchy scratchy pen of choice was the Rotring Art Pen EF sketch, but recently I have been hanging around with the TWSBI Eco EF and liking it better. The nib is similar, but quality control is more consistent (my Rotrings varied enough in size that I had to color code them to keep them straight) and of course, being piston filled with the whole body as a reservoir, they hold what seems like gallons of ink. So both these drawings were made with the current TWSBI scritchy scratchy. No underdrawing in either, though some whiteout entered the story at some point. Never did settle on a title for the second one!
The drawing of the day project is well into its tenth year, so let’s celebrate with a Pen Week, a week of drawings from the most recent drawing of the day sketchbook that feature automatic drawings, with no pencil underdrawing, made with particular pens. Different nibs make different lines. Let’s get a head start with a new favorite, the stub pen. This particular nib is a 1.1 steel stub, on a TWSBI Eco fountain pen. A very nice little nib. Have a set of sketchbook characters dressed in the height of sketchbook fashion, and the famous Meatball Mammoth.
(Note that I have kept up my post Inktober promise to continue dating and intitialling my drawings every single day. So well organized. Also, the solid blacks in the first drawing were filled in with a brush.)
Cue up “Love Cats” by the Cure, and join me in celebrating the return of the elusive and much anticipated Red Velvet flavored KitKats. For some reason, these are a Valentine’s Day seasonal offering, available only in the miniature size. Look for the pink and white bag with the not-too-excessively heteronormative cartoon romantic couple on it. (I got mine at WalMart, but they should be available anywhere midpriced consumer grade bagged candy is sold.)
If you like KitKat bars, you can guess what these are like: sweet, crunchy inside smooth, the cocoa flavored wafers buried under a thick layer of “white chocolate” aggressively (artificially) flavored to taste like cream cheese frosting. Hardly subtle, but so, so delicious. If you like that kind of thing.
And hey, the kitties are pretty cute.
The Buddha waits on red bricks/ his companion: a brave dandelion.
These are the base drawings for my experimental story for the Oh, Comics! anthology this year. Any guesses as to what is going to be going on in Kekionga this week? And why are there two different versions of whatever this thing is?
A tour of the photo archives takes us once again through the fringes of Antelopia, my ongoing project where I photograph every antelope I can find. Due to the fact that Northwest Indiana is not prime antelope habitat (not recently, anyway), this results in a lot of taxidermy “head shots”. I found these Antelopia denizens, among many others, at Cabela’s. I have tentatively identified them in my new antelope handbook, Bovids of the World: Antelopes, Gazelles, Cattle, Goats, Sheep and Relatives by Jose R. Castillo, which is apparently the cornerstone of any antelope-related library.
One of them is a giveaway: the familiar American Pronghorn. The others are (I think), a Black Wildebeest, an East African Eland, and an Angolan Gemsbok. Can you match the antelope with its (probable) identity?
Answers throughout the week on my Instagram, @kekiongacomics, and here next week!
Sorry this isn’t a more positive greeting to 2018, but it’s the best I could manage. But at least this little brushwork guy looks vaguely hopeful. The suggestion of background represents snow and deep cold, the round face could be the returning sun (come back soon!) and his deerlike aspect recalls the reindeer of the rapidly passing holiday season.
If you, like me, are very glad to see the back of 2017, my most sincere good wishes for the new year. And stay warm.
(Lenka (new version) black and white from the new iPod.)