Sunday, January 16, 2011

Micron Pen Drawings

Find a quiet room, relax, let go, enter a dreamlike state, nothing matters. Close your eyes and look inside your mind, see the demons and the sprites dancing with your muses. Let your drawing hand dance with them and follow them wherever they lead you. They travel paths that exist only in your subconscious, in directions that don’t yet exist in our universe. It doesn’t matter where you go, only that you travel. Then have your tale your told with little ink drawings. Here are some of mine.

Brian Bowes (check out his art), when I wrote 'inkings' in a previous post, he read it as ‘inklings.’ It’s a very nice name for this type of drawing, better than anything I thought of but other clever people thought of it too. Still ‘inklings’ describe them well because they’re done in ink and also the beginning of ideas. By the way, there is a company called Inkling Entertainment. It’s Bob Camp’s. Bob lives only 15 minutes south of me but I've never met him. I rarely leave my studio.

Painting and doodling help balance an artist out. Doodling reminds you to loosen up and keeps you from becoming stodgy and self-important about your work. It's also fun to see pictures appear that you didn't expect, as if someone else is in control.
At some point I started thinking I'll use a few of these as remarques in my two how-to art books OtherWorlds and How to Draw and Paint Dragons, hence the paint brushes and palettes appearing.
I started drawing dragons but other animals popped up here and there. Some are dragon-like but the line between dragon and non-dragon is a fuzzy one. A dragonfly is distinctly un-dragon-like. They're really cool animals though that can withstand amazing g-forces but, sadly, have no ability to breath fire.
  Some of my best ideas come from my doodles. They often end up somewhere else in a different form or become a greeting card of some kind. In the upper left of this one is Anna the Cavegirl and her friend Percival the Pachyderm painting hearts on each other. They love each other but I assure you that it's platonic. Inter-species affairs between sentient and consenting creatures don't offend me, this relationship will never be romantic so stop the speculating.
Here's a tiny remarque I did for a copy of Kiddography, my biographical art monograph. I usually draw bigger ones on the page previous to the title page but I never can stay with tradition.
My dragon book had several editions. This was drawn in the Barron's. I like including stuff around the page in my sketches. This drawing just gave me a neat idea.
This demon painter is based on one of my doodles. It's drawn in my OtherWorlds book. I typically initial my drawings and inscribe the book elsewhere. For all of the remarques I used a ballpoint pen. I like things that are easy to find to draw with. You can ask for a ballpoint pen anywhere and someone will lend it to you. Although people usually have pencils too, they smear (unless sprayed) when inside books and are rarely sharp or soft enough for me.
This was drawn in a Search Press edition of the dragon book. The book was published in many different languages as well. I like this dragon's puffed up hair. He's clearly a madman with a brush.
Another remarque for OtherWorlds: Which is mightier, the sword, the pen or the brush? Maybe it's the palette if it's big enough.
I've always thought that dragons and bats have a disadvantage to birds in that their wings are a bit stiffer when folded up. Bat wings don't seem like they'd be good insulators like feather covered bird wings are. I'll have to read up on this. Six-limbed (four legs, two wings) dragons can gallop and attack using their wing claws (thumbs) while standing sturdily on all fours. Birds can't do that!

This is the sort of thing that I think about as I draw my little pictures. Practical thought leads to many imaginative ideas. My new book: Unchain Your Brain with Drawing. The idea is an inkling.
This remarque fits the introduction to OtherWorlds well. In it I compare the importance of practice for warriors to practice for becoming an illustrator. This little guy is ready to paint anything that comes his way and kill anyone who tries to stop him from his artistic duties.


Blogger Unknown said...

Amazing drawings! Every last one. I keep coming back to the Micron. It's so reliable, you can just draw without dipping, refilling etc.

10:30 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

these are all gems....I love 'em!

11:38 PM  
Blogger A. Riabovitchev said...

What a lovely drawings!:o)

4:25 AM  
Blogger Tom Kidd said...

Thanks Eric, I need to find and scan some drawings I spilled a jar of Higgins India ink on one day. What kind of idiot would set an open container of ink on a stack of drawings? The kind that now uses Micron pens.

Actually, I still use a W&N series 7 brush and a crow quill pen to ink with but I tape my ink jars to a 3X3 in piece of cardboard so it's hard to knock over.

6:31 PM  
Blogger Tom Kidd said...

Thanks Scott. I used to do a bit more design work and I loved the process of idea exploration. It's surprising how the littlest twist can make a sketch requested by a client, that ordinarily would be a cliché, so much better and suddenly unique.

6:38 PM  
Blogger Tom Kidd said...

Thanks Andrei. Frazetta's and Krenkel's ink doodles always impressed me. The best happen almost by accident. I know some people start paintings with no plan for what they'll do (Rick Berry does that) but I usually have a plan for mine. The plans often come from little drawings like this. Also, ideas are fleeting with me so it's good for me to get them down when they're fresh because they're bound to be forgotten. Hence, doodles.

7:17 PM  
Blogger Larry MacDougall said...

I'll have to add my voice to the chorus and wholeheartedly agree that you've posted a splendid little collection of drawings.

Well done sir. Bravo !

7:35 PM  
Blogger Tom Kidd said...

Thanks Larry! It's me amusing myself. Next on my list is to post some cathartic type drawings.

11:40 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

brilliant Tom... Love the sponteneity!

10:57 PM  
Blogger Lloyd Harvey said...

An excellent blog post! Love seeing all your work man, I think its just fantastic.

5:17 PM  
Blogger Tom Kidd said...

Thanks Aaron and Lloyd. I think I'm the most creative when it's okay to fail. That's part of the reason I do these. I have a bunch of very crazy ideas I'm looking forward to painting some day. There's a whole new persona in my files of drawings that wants to get free.

2:43 PM  
Blogger Chaddeous said...

Just discovered this site completely at random. I love your work! Great feeling for movement and expression! Can't wait to explore more.

1:28 AM  
Blogger Tom Kidd said...

Thanks Chaddeous. I need to post some new art. It's just sitting here doing nothing. I checked out your blog. It's clever.

8:46 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

LOVE so much! is the book already released ? cant wait to bought it

1:22 PM  
Blogger Tom Kidd said...

Hey, Ms. Irene. Yes, "OtherWorlds" has been released. If you pick it up let me know what you think. "How to Draw and Paint Dragons" has been out for a while and was published in many different languages. Thanks for stopping by. Are you on Facebook? I make announcements there from time to time.

2:30 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Alright. I'll check it out :) yes! i add you already. dint know you're on Facebook

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Blogger Albert Sorrentino Jr. said...

such wonderful drawings you have here! your lines are full of life!!

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Blogger william wray said...

a lot of love and skill in there sketches.

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