Breakwater. Another idea for the cover graphic. More tomorrow.

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artisticnutcase asked:

Hope you don't mind an art-related question. When drawing traditionally, do you ever mess up with ink...? If so, do you just redo everything or is there a way to properly go about that and fix it?

Dude, I NEVER mind art-related questions!  Let’s see about answering this one…

Oh.  Oh, yes.  Constantly.  Literally every time.  Luckily I’ve had a decent amount of practice with it, so when I mess up it’s usually minor enough to correct or I’m able to work it into the drawing to some degree.  Honestly, that’s what I recommend for the most part, save for like if you dump ink on the whole thing.

Then, uh, then I suggest starting over.

But yes!  In fact, that speed-inking video I uploaded a while ago is a prime example of me messing up a WHOLE bunch and having to fix it as I go along.  I don’t know if you can tell with it all sped up, but there are several instances there where, if you pay close attention, you can see me going over places that have already been inked and either re-defining them or applying a white paint marker to them to fix places where I’d smudged my ink.

I tend to lay my ink pretty liberally on my drawings, just to make sure I get that nice, rich, dark black, but the main drawback to this is that, since I tend to lay my hand on the paper, I’ll inevitably wind up smudging the not-quite-dry-yet ink at some point.  This is why I always keep white ink or paint with me when doing an inked traditional work!

(Image on left: drawn with my new Photoshop brush, ‘The Kalvin.’) It has been a while since I released a ‘pay-what-you-want’ brush (translation: FREE, if you so desire!), so I am proud to present The Kalvin. This brush wsa designed to emulate the feeling of working with a classic variable width pen nib. I modeled it on the exact marks made by one of my heroes, Bill Watterson, creator of ‘Calvin & Hobbes.’ I will be releasing this brush next Tuesday, August 18th in my shop at Photoshop CS5 or higher are required for this brush, and it will work best with a drawing tablet that recognizes pen tilt.