Each month Boneshaker Press will bring you a list of 5 things we love. Some entries will be obvious, some obscure, but everything that appears on the Boneshaker High Five will be something that at least one of our members recommends.
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Created by Jake Parker way back in 2009, Inktober is a month long art challenge that tasks participants with producing one ink drawing a day, for 31 days. The goal is to push yourself to develop positive art making habits over the course of the month. Check out his video to learn more about his views on 30 day challenges, and keep an eye out for a post in the next couple days that will link to all the Boneshaker Press members who are taking part!
I. Love. This. Scanner.
Though, to be honest I haven’t noticed a big difference between the different brands of scanners that I’ve used over the years. What’s important to me is the size (this one is large enough to scan 11×17 images) and resolution, (tops out at 2400). Those two things combined mean that I can take pretty much any drawing I do, from tiny inch high sketches in my sketchbook to big polished pieces of original art, and digitize them. I paid a little under $400 CAN for this in 2011, and it’s been worth every cent. Take a look around, I’ve heard that Epson has some good options, and I’d guess the same holds true for Canon. Whatever you get, make sure it’s large enough to save you from ever again having to stitch together multiple scans.
I’ve found that this pairs incredibly well with a large flatbed scanner (mentioned above). I followed the advice in this post and have been very happy with the results. Be sure to get a continuous ink system to go along with this, otherwise you’ll find that printing is exorbitantly expensive. Having a large format printer in my studio gives me a variety of options that I think are well worth the cost. First up, I can make my own prints for conventions. They’re less expensive than the local printer that I dealt with before making this purchase, and of a much higher quality. That said I’ve since heard of sources that offer even better prices, so note that it isn’t the most economical option available. But as I said, there are multiple upsides. The other big one is being able to experiment with your process. Having a printer means that I can do my penciling digitally, print that out on bristol, and then ink it traditionally. Or if I’m feeling nervous, I can scan in my pencils, then print them and ink that, preserving the original pencils. I’ve also taken to inking digitally, then printing that out and adding a layer of tone using pencil. This isn’t something I would be able to test, let alone offer to my clients, without having immediate access to a printer.
I bet a lot of us have nice words to say about SenshiStock. It’s a very well organised source of references for character poses of all sorts. While the pictures allow to fully grasp the anatomy of the bodies they remain free of adult content. They also offer a site with their reference images on a timer, as well as a page on deviantart.
All over the internet—from the murky depths of image boards, to the slightly-less-murky halls of various art forums and blogs—one word is often whispered: “Loomis.” This titan of a book is a classic for good reason, and the amount of information crammed into this book is incredible. The book has few photographs; instead it’s filled with drawings and diagrams by Loomis. Some of these diagrams are a bit complex-looking and may take a little time to decipher initially (mostly with respect to perspective). A few artists might find Loomis’s approach to be too stiff or formulaic, and this is a valid consideration. Loomis’s approach is extremely structured and is centered around analyzing and breaking down the figure to achieve “correct” proportions and likenesses. However, this could be a great thing to lean on for someone who is looking for a method to follow as they improve and find their own style. Though targeted at beginners, this book may be a bit dense for someone with zero art training.
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