So it’s finally the last day of Inktober in my home, and now I had drew two sketches for the entry. One featuring my robot OCs, and another one featuring my favourite BrOT3 of the TFA series.
For the original one, I drew my Robot Hitman being with his “child”. They had previously starred in my final individual animation assignment, and I thought of drawing them being friendly as a subject matter. Unfortunately, I had made a mistake in the kneeling position, and so the sketch is scrapped.
Because of this, I did another sketch, featuring TFA Bumblebee, Bulkhead and Sari Sumdac. I did had the idea of drawing three of them as an entry, but I once declined due to my unfamiliarity with Bulkhead’s design. Now, however, I decide to give it a go.
Both sketches required 0.5 pen and a brush pen, although I also used the 0.1 pen in the second sketch, so I could draw the lines with more nuance.
And so I’m glad I had finished the Inktober marathon. It is a really valuable experience, and I hope to finish my schoolwork and advance my art skills in the future.
So while I was figuring out how to draw the new storyboard for the new animatic before the end of this week, I improvised the “sequel” to the Satellite-Bot sketch: a tiny astronaut robot discovered her during a mission. Friendship possibly ensues.
Anyhow I had previously figuring of Satellite’s bot character to be more than a weapon. Inspired by an episode of Cowboy Behop, Jamming With Edward, I thought that being lonely in space, she listens to radio transmissions of music and news. And then inspired by Jake Parker’s design of the Little Bot, I created a little astronaut robot to contrast Satellite-Bot’s gigantic and impersonal design.
I use pens to highlight the outline, while using the marker for the black background. Due to the lack of ink, the black marker did not work as well as before.
Since I plan to finish the storyboard / concept art within today, I shall only make a simple sketch of my most recent robot OC, a Knight Centaur.
Since I’m not familiar with horse anatomy or any knight armour design, I could only conjure one of the design and had her stand around in a neutral stance, instead of acting with a certain personality. The one I drew is not her final design. I will continue to research for horse anatomy or armour design later.
All I know about the character is that she is brash and principled. I’m still figuring out if she would be a genuinely heroic character, or an incredibly flawed character waiting for character development. I will continue to develop her character and design later.
Seeing how the prompt today is “Burn”, I thought it would be time for me to draw one of my recent robot OC, a skeletal robot who spews fire and lava uncontrollably and is seen as a boogeyman.
The robot design is partially inspired by Ghost Rider (for the skeletal design and the fire aspect), while the posture is partially inspired by an OC from a TFA Fanfic, TFA Kaleidoscope. I doodled him in a whim, and later I tried to explore his character. Maybe he’s a remorseless agent of destruction. Maybe he want a normal life despite of his destructive nature, who knows.
For the entry, I sketch the pencil draft yesterday, then drew the outline in 0.5 pen and the black brush pen (the one with shorter tip). I drew the front fire with the brush, and realize the thick lines would look too awkward. perhaps I should start everything with thin lines before moving on to the thicker ones.
Compared to before, I only shaded the background with 0.5 pen rather than markers, because I feel lazy today, and I thought of experimenting with shading BG with lines.
I used references for fire. I still have difficulty in capturing them in paper.
Tomorrow I would draw another of my recent robot OC. Afterwards, perhaps I would draw something simple, a simple art or a TFA fanart, I dunno.
So today, I drew the sketch of my robot OCs having fuel in break time without eating breakfast first. As a result, the line work is pretty rushed. Also, I had experimented in adding colour as lighting., along with using the new brush pen for thicker lines. Result: it looked rush, but not as bad as I thought.
So while I haven’t establish their backstories well, I thought that Bruiser-Bot would be well-acquainted with one of the delivery bots, and they would have fuel in a bar during their break time.
I use the (worn down) 0.1 pen as first inking, then 0.5 pen and the brush pen I bought yesterday. Form my experience, while the brush pen’s softness allows more flexibility, it also made the lines thicker than I intended, especially due to my habit of putting too much strength in pen grip.
Afterwards, I experimented on the colouring by adding pink light on the counter behind them, and the lighting on their frames. While it is not planned, it looks pretty good, better than I thought. Maybe I should draw the colour guide for my robot OCs later.
Today I decide to draw a gang of Canadian geese as the subject matter of Inktober. Coincidently, I also bought two brush pen with longer brush length. The softness and the length of the brush allows more flexibility in lining, and I decide to try it out.
Inspired by a conversation with a Tumblr mutual / follower, tomato-bird, I thought up of a rival gang for the Swan Mob: a Canadian Geese Gang. In my mind, they are loud, territorial, and numerous in group, in contrast to the Swan Mob (who at least knows how to maintain a graceful image in spite of their ruthless record)
After I drew the pencil sketch, I drew the lines with the brush pen. I thought of shading the clothing in a similar style of American comic books. Needless to say, both the shading technique and fabric folds are beyond my comfort zone. More practice would be better.
After that, I shaded the geese’s heads with a 0.5 pen. That way the shading won’t overwhelm the expressions.
Overall, It’s pretty fun. I am looking forward to draw more with the brush pen soon.
Continuing the previous sketch, I drew the second sketch with more coloured markers, starring TFA Prowl meditating with two birds on his hands. The coloured markers I used this time is Pale Lime and Super Black, the former chosen to show a sense of tranquility.
In contrast of the TFA Bumblebee sketch, I drew the coloured halo first before moving on the black parts. That way I could pinpoint the coloured area well.
All in all, it look more finished than the previous one. Perhaps it has to do with the organization of the coloured area. I will consider using more coloured markers in the future Inktober entries.
Since I had woke up early this morning, I decide to start the day by finishing the sketch of TFA Bumblebee enjoying the music by playing air guitar.
It’s the first time I used coloured markers in this month, and my lack of expertise pretty shows. I did not intend to draw Bumblebee in colour until I finished the BG, in which the colouring is improvised, hence some haphazard shading.
Also, the pencil sketches are too pervasive and deep to be completely erased, so there are still some pencil stains left. Perhaps I will consider putting more effort in erasing pencil drafts in my next Inktober entry from now on.