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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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