So I was scrolling through tumblr today and I came across a post linking to this tweet. It’s a video of a truly adorable little umbrella octopus with little ear-like flaps on top of it’s head. I think it’s called a Dumbo Octopus. Anyway, I was inspired to draw it.
I think this is going to be my holiday card image this year.
The folklore around will ‘o the wisps is that they lure nighttime travelers out into the swamp where they get lost, sometimes forever. So, here’s a naughty little will ‘o the wisp luring a boy into trouble.
So, I thought I’d see if I can get through an entire Inktober series again this year. Last time I did it was in 2016, but I ignored the official prompts in favor of whatever Halloween ideas came to mind. This time I’m following the official prompts, which means today is: Fish.
I’m not entirely following the official rules because Inktober is really supposed to be ink drawings. But I only draw digital. So… no ink in the house. Instead I’m going to approximate ink drawings by limiting myself to black and white and trying to do mostly ink-style drawings at least. This one isn’t very ink-style, though.
Hey, it’s the best I can do. 🙂
Here’s a bit more of the piece I’m working on. I think the scene is more-or-less complete, but no characters yet. It already looks exciting, doesn’t it?
Friday I took pictures of the “Hey, Kansas City” art show at Paper Birch Landing. I think I got the whole exhibit here, but please forgive me if I missed one or two. Cell phone camera shots, so sorry for the quality. The show runs until the end of the month. Go to my previous post for more information on that. Of course, all these images are copyrighted by the artists who created them. I think just about everything here’s for sale. So, contact the gallery if you’re interested in purchasing.
Here’s a spot illustration I did for the August issue of 435 Magazine. It goes with an article about an art fair at the Country Club Plaza in Kansas City. The image in the frame is one of the iconic plaza buildings.
Actually, I made two versions of this image. The one that they ran (above) was a version of this larger image (below).
Here’s the tear sheet:
Okay, I like this, but it has some logic problems. No, I’m not talking about the logic problems inherent in an anthropomorphic flower. This is a children’s illustration. Anything can have a face and do humanish things.
What I mean is how, really, he (she?) shouldn’t be holding the canvas. It should be on an easel. And that thick brush is too thick to produce the detail shown on the canvas. And where is his paint palette?
Also, the poor thing’s pot is way too small.
So, my question is, does it matter? Am I being nitpicky, or does that actually make a difference?
Actually, it’s irrelevant. I can feel my perfectionism kicking in. I’m going to fix this, regardless of if it really needs it or not. 🙂