Where do ideas come from? Everywhere for me. Sometimes I hear people say things, I read a story, I see something beautiful; all of these things and more will make ideas pop into my head. A lot of times it something plus an idea in my idea. This 2 minute sketch of the first appearance of Michonne on The Walking Dead show was actually a real scene. But then I heard Laurie Holden (Andrea in the show) say that this new character was Andrea’s new BFF. So all that combines in my brain in a Chibi anime style. And I did this sketch on the dry erase board on the fridge while waiting for the tea to heat up. Also dry erase markers and board are hard to work with! They are very slick. Still it’s fun to have the board cause it’s like sand drawings on the beach. Not perfect and not permanent.
For me, over the last about two years, my style has really solidified. It’s been in short bursts and has been greatly aided by doing ATCs. I think signing up, having a deadline, picking topics that are both easy and not so easy have pressed my style far ahead of where it has been stuck. There are a couple of big factors that have also contributed to my current art state, but more on those later.
I think I can track the changes to this little Halloween piece I did. I have been sketching with Sharpies for many years; they are easy to carry, waterproof, they look good color-wise and they show a nice range on many papers. This Halloween piece was the first time I did an illustration in Sharpie instead of acrylic inks. I like acrylic inks and I still use them, but they are messy and not portable. Still, I had a lot to learn in terms of Sharpie use and line weight, which is easier with acrylic ink.
Well I’m back to the beginning Vizzini! Actually with the new updated WordPress, I think the gallery pages are better. I’m rewarding myself with a day of board gaming at a friends house. I’m sure over the next few days I’ll make some other tweaks like adding alternate text and more SEO stuff, but now at least I’m not on edge about my site not being available!