Inktober 2020 #5 – Blade

Today we have sabre drill. A girl practicing fencing with her coach. The prompt was blade. I took the time to do comic book style shading and highlights this time.

I did my best to get the lunge position and the clothing correct. My husband fences, so I got a bit of advice from him on that. The coach is based very roughly on his coach and this drill is very common for beginning sabre fencers.

Sabre is the hack and slash style of fencing. Foil and epee are the pokey styles. My daughter is deeply disappointed I drew sabre instead of epee. She thinks epee is the best. But sabre just doesn’t have as nice a sound effect. SMACK!

A girl practicing sabre drills with her fencing coach.  She is performing a strike-to-head which makes a "SMACK!" sound and her coach says, "Good!"

Safety Book – Interior Image – Page 10

Here’s an image for page 10 of a safety-themed coloring book commissioned by Positive Promotions.  This one covers the subject of stranger danger.  While there may very well be nothing nefarious at all about this friendly man in his unmarked panel van, it’s suspicious and he could be dangerous.  Better for the kids to stay away and not risk it.

Safety Book - Interior Page 10

Kissing Story Sample

Here’s a new sample.  This is page 1 of a comic book I’ve written that my art rep will be sending out later this summer.  Hopefully we’ll get someone interested in it.  There was some interest in this character from a previous sample featuring her, so we’re hoping it will sell.

This sample reuses the first four panels from that previous sample.  (I reformatted it for rectangular panels and changed the shading style.)  The last two panels are new.

The working title is Kissing Story, but I don’t really care for that.  Hopefully we’ll come up with a better one.  It’s an age-appropriate story about sexual harassment and consent.

I may actually need to change the panel with mom and dad kissing to have them not also hugging because my rep says that may be too much physical contact for the age range.  So, I may post a revision  with that changed.  We’ll see.

Kissing Story Sample Page 1

Moving Day – Image 1

Another commission for Learning A-Z.  This one is a family packing up their living room and kitchen, getting ready to move.

One problem with this scene was that they wanted both rooms to show, but in a portrait-oriented image.  So, I decided to make this house a front-to-back split with a short stairway between the two levels. That let me put the two rooms one in front of the other, but with the kitchen a half-story higher so as to increase the height of the image and keep the living room from blocking it.

It’s done entirely in one-point perspective.  Everything except the people and a few curves was drawn with virtual rulers.

It’s probably a small mid-eighties tract home, judging by the layout.  One that’s been updated with wood floors and new appliances.  But the kitchen is still too small and it doesn’t have a dishwasher.  I’d move too, if I were them.

Page 1 - Final v3