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Posted By Scott Hallett at 5/02/2016 11:59 AM

I had originally done this for a friend as a birthday present. He's a bid birder and this was one of his favourite birds. He got the original but not before I'd scanned it in. I've never really had much luck prior to this scanning markers but I found a great tutorial on how to clean up marker work for scanning.

I really need to do more to get artwork back up on the site more frequently. I have been having a killer creative block lately, and what work I have done can't be shared publicly at the moment. It's been a long time since I've drawn just for myself. I will be uploading some other marker work I've done shortly though, so there's that. Baby steps I suppose.

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Still Breathing
Posted By Scott Hallett at 2/22/2016 4:51 PM

Just a quick note to let everyone know life's thrown a few ringers my way over the past year, and while things are coming around and returning to normal my art output has not. I really hope to fix that soon, but I can't really promise anything at the moment. I hate the idea of this website sitting dormant for so long but that's been my reality. I have a few pieces I've completed, but haven't really even had the spare time to get them scanned and uploaded. I need to find a way to make all that a priority again, and hope to have more information soon.

Messing Around With Markers
Posted By Scott Hallett at 9/22/2015 2:56 PM

I picked up a set of Copic markers on sale, after some failed attempts at other brands. I have to say the hype around these markers is very justified. I didn't worry too much about fantastic, finished pieces. I just wanted something I could lay down some marker practice on. Life has been incredibly hectic with two awesome girls at home, and increased duties at work. Creating art has been difficult. I hope to change that soon, and will do my best to participate once again in Inktober this year, if anything on a weekly basis.

Here's my marker practice so far. My apologies for not having nice scanned pieces; pictures from my phone will have to do for now.

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Ghost King
Posted By Scott Hallett at 5/06/2015 5:17 PM

Dusting off the tablet and colouring up some of my Inktober drawings from Inktober 2014. My original plan had been to colour all the pieces I created for Inktober, but some of them just don't hold up after looking at them again. I'll probably colour a select few, and hopefully get back on track to producing new art soon. The beginning of 2015 has both both heart-breaking and amazing, but none of it conducive to art or free time.

The colour scheme was not what I thought I was starting out to use. I am trying to stay away from the 'safe' scheme I end up defaulting too. This has a bit of that, but I think I pushed myself out of my comfort zone at least a little bit. Just need to keep pushing it further.

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Koru (Future)
Posted By Scott Hallett at 12/05/2014 7:33 PM

Moving on with adding colours to the Inktober pieces. This was the second one I did I believe. It's a more realistic/futuristic/cybernetic take on my character Koru from my short comics story, "The Spirits & The Woods". I tried a new to me inking approach and was generally pleased with the way it turned out.

In terms of colours, I kept up trying more saturated colours, along with some coloured line work and more detailed lighting effects. Since this is all stuff I don't normally do, it took more noodling and I may have overworked things a bit. I normally try to stay conscious of that in order to keep things moving along at a decent clip, but since I experimented more during Inktober, I think the colours could use some experimentation too. Since new things are also scary, I probably did more second guessing than was needed, but I really need to shake up some routines and try to learn new ways of doing things.

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Posted By Scott Hallett at 11/27/2014 12:51 PM

I had every intention once Inktober had wrapped, to select the best pieces (in my mind) and colour them; to keep the momentum going. You know what they say about intentions, right? At any rate, here we are now approaching the end of November, but I haven't given up!

This was actually one of the pieces from Inktober I was disappointed in. If I recall correctly, I was in a rush that day so I chose to draw a character of mine from way back. He was part of a pitch idea I had for a failed kids anthology that never got off the ground. I've been a part of quite a few projects that could never find their footing. At any rate, I loved the character at the time but I feel like the anatomy's off in this picture. I've been thinking a lot about the character's story, some of the pitfalls of the idea, and what would be needed to shape it up a bit. So I suppose I chose this one to give more attention to because it's been on my mind, rather than because I felt it was a particularly strong Inktober contender.

I purposely chose colours I didn't normally use, worked in a more saturated palette (at least in the foreground), and tried to limit the amount of 'extras' I typically default to. This was done all in an effort to push myself a bit out of my comfort zone. I find I stick to patterns if I'm not provoked to do otherwise.

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Inktober 2014 Wrap-Up
Posted By Scott Hallett at 11/13/2014 11:47 AM

Just like that, the first two weeks of November escape me!

I wanted to write up a brief wrap up of my Inktober 2014 experience. I would say for myself, overall it was a big success. All in all, I'd call 23 out of 31 a success. Probably the most art output I've had in a single month in quite sometime. Sure, there were a few failed experiments and a few duds, but I stuck with it the best I could given all other prior commitments and I got some new art to show off in the process.

Not only did I learn what I think works and doesn't work for me in terms of style, I also gained some new technical knowledge that I hope will help me going forward. From a bit better execution with a brush pen, to scanning markers, it's been a whirlwind for sure. I think ultimately, the thing that held me back was not having a focus, and really just making things up as I went along. I also get very leery of simply drawing other characters from the Big Three or pop culture. I'm not knocking those that do, but for myself it's a bit boring. I love the thrill of designing something new.

Next year, I'd like to try and output a cohesive story or set of images. A few of the artists that I follow did that, and it was great watching that play out over the month.

Up next for me is perhaps some more paid illustration work (which I can't show you) and adding some colours to the Inktober pieces I really enjoyed!

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