Donald Sutherland Illustration

artwork Donald Sutherland in Animal House

So here's Donald Sutherland saying "Satan" like he does in the film.
  • Sutherland
  • Glover
  • Pleasance
  • Duck
  • Dunn
Those are my top five Donalds in order.

Donald Sutherland Portrait

Thom Yorke

Thom York Radiohead drawing

So, anyone who was following along with the 31 drawings I did for Inktober (which is an even more masochistic activity than drawing them in the first place) might have noticed that that I started playing with this smudgy inky style a bit. 

It's been creeping up for a little while now, a couple of smudges here and there in the sketchbook and one commissioned piece that fully embraced it. Having 31 drawings to experiment with I tried it out a few times during the month - some attempts were a bit off, but I like the way some of them turned out. I didn't know how they would look when I got the colour added on Photoshop but here's one above. It's Thom. Thom Yorke. Thom Yorke from Radiohead.

In many ways this is what I've been building up to all along, I'm a big fan of the contrast between tactile inky drawings and clean precise digital colouring, and I'm I've got a big thing for drawing head and shoulders portraits of people I dig (if 250 odd weekly drawings haven't clued you into that yet). And I'm getting close to the apotheosis of what I can do with that. With these I've been smudging the drawing with my hands, colouring the tips of my fingers with ink and then applying it directly to the paper and leaving all my light switches dirty. It's a bunch of fun. 

And then I get to spend a few hours and a huge amount of Photoshop layers diligently applying gradients and variously opaque blocks of colour clicked out with the marquee tool.

I'm having the most fun I've ever had drawing head and shoulders portraits of people I dig. And now I think it's time I try something new.

Inktober 2017 Part 8

Twin Peaks The Return Dale Cooper Illustration

sketch Lamy Safari

Black Mirror illustration San Junipero

Drawing There Will Be Blood Daniel Day Lewis
So that's it. I have successfully managed to spread my Inktober drawings out to the tail end of November.

For this final batch I drew Kyle Machlachlan as Special Agent Dale Cooper from Twin Peaks - The Return. Which is the best thing that's been on TV in 26 years. And I know the image I chose is kind of at odds with the whole ethos of what that show was about, but it was pretty special nonetheless. 

Then there's a random doodle I did with my Lamy Safari followed by Mackenzie Davis as Yorkie from the San Junipero episode of Charlie Brooker's (excellent) Black Mirror.

Ended the month with Daniel Day Lewis emerging from an oil well in Paul Thomas Anderson's There Will Be Blood. Which summed up pretty accurately where I was by the end of it - half crazed and covered in ink.

At some point during this month I got myself a discounted set of Rotring Isograph pens. I already waxed lyrical about them interminably on Instagram but Holy Hell - those things are the best.

Intober 2017 Part 7

Christopher Walken drawing
Lenny Bruce drawing
Moonlight Movie illustration
Louis Theroux Drawing

So here are days 16, 17, 18 and 19 of this year's Inktober slugfest.

This time we have Christopher Walken hitting us with a concentrated blast of that Walken energy; Lenny Bruce from one of his (many) mugshots; Alex Hibbert as "Little" in (the fantastic) Moonlight and Louis Theroux doing a judgey stare.

Still a whole lot more to come.

Inktober 2017 Part 6

Egon Schiele Ink Illustration

Harry Dean Stanton Portrait Illustration

Tilda Swinton Portrait Illustration

Rose McGowan drawing

So here's another batch of Inktober sketches. Because I pretty much killed myself again this year churning out a new thing every day for 31 days and I'm getting all the mileage out of it that I can.

Here are are days 12, 13, 14 and 15: Egon Schiele, Harry Dean Stanton in Repo Man, Tilda Swinton sucking an ice lolly made from frozen blood in Only Lovers Left Alive and Rose McGowan.

I was trying to experiment and mix things up slightly this year (very slightly, they're all still headshots of famous people) so I've been trying out this smudgy inky style, the Egon Schiele has a half-hearted attempt at mimicking his way of drawing, Tilda Swinton was drawn with a Pentel brush pen while absolutely out of my mind on vodka at 3am, I was trying some sort of cross-hatching thing with the Harry Dean Stanton, and Rose McGowan was done on the day I smashed my leg up on a canal barge and couldn't stand up. So the quality is a bit all over the place, but it was all kinds of fun.

Inktober 2017 Part 5

baby Driver artwork on set

Jean Seberg Illustration

Life Aquatic Willem Dafoe Drawing

Mr Robot Elliot drawing

Days 8, 9, 10 and 11 of this year's Inktober.

Just finished drawing the final picture of my 31 day marathon (which'll be going up here in due time) and I've just got barely enough left in me to put these pictures up. But writing anything about them - nah.

Inktober 2017 Part 4

beautiful girl drawing

Patti Smith illustration

Angela Davis Portrait illustration

Dan Harmon portrait illustration
So here are days 12, 13, 14, and 15 of Inktober 2017.

We have Deviant Art user Cathleen Tara Whiti with a picture from her series "Tangerine", Patti Smith, Angela Davis and Dan Harmon.

What normally happens with Inktober is I spend the rest of the year after it finishes adding colour to all the portraits I do, so I will talk about all these people when the inevitable repost happens. But to get through this month I have had to stop eating and sleeping, and I smashed my leg up after helping my friend move a narrow boat yesterday.

Inktober 2017 Part 3

Jarvis Cocker Drawing

Sammy Davis Jr drawing

Nick Cave drawing

Edward Norton Fight Club drawing

So here's another batch of Inktober drawings.

I really wanted to try and get some variety in there this year and not just go for the head and upper torso portraits. I really did mean to.

Inktober 2017 Part 2

So here are days 4, 5, 6 and 7 of this year's Inktober: Elvis Costello, Toby Jones, Elliot Gould and Annie Clark.

Personally, I don't think my standard of quality is as consistent as it has been for Inktobers past. But I'm digging this new smudgy inky style, and it's early days yet. There are still bugs to be worked out. And isn't that the true meaning of Inktober?

Inktober 2017 Part 1

drawing Jack Lemmon The Apartment Billy Wilder

Drawing Sergio Leone Charles Bronson Once Upon a Time in the West

Drawing Thom Yorke Radiohead

So it's Inktober 2017. Here's Days 1, 2 and 3.

I have a lot to say about all three of these but haven't slept in two days for various non-Inktober related reasons. So that's all your getting right now.