Inktober Inspiration

All images (c) Matteo Scalera, y'all.

Inktober is upon us! I admit I've been slacking off, even this early in the month. Thankfully, my local comic shop came to inspirational rescue with a large-format copy of Black Science issue 1. Rob Remender can write his butt off, but i bought it for Matteo Scalera's gorgeous ink work.

To be fair, some of those blocks of grayscale are from the color version of the book. Still, the dude knows what he's doing. Those aren't pen liner outlines wih brush and ink to fill in. That's straight brush work. The way he works with darks and lights is fascinating. Its so moody.

I mean, my goodness. I normally spend my obsession energy on the Wonder Twins, but they'll have to forgive me. I still love them, but Scalera's got this game on lock right now.

Look at that contrasting layout. Look at it.

If you haven't read Black Science, you should start. It's beginning to get a little weird, but I have high hopes-- mainly based on my love of SciFi and how the story has been going so far.

Good stuff.

More Hand Attmpts and Other Things

Working in ballpoint pen is soothing. Now, if only I was better at drawing crossed legs.

Lastly, here is a quick Rosalina sketch, featuring the two main characters: Rosa and her dad. Again, I edited some notes out. One day, I'll learn to use lined paper for messages instead of cluttering my sketchbook with them. Or, maybe not.

The dad's arms in the lower picture are funky. I don't know what was going on with my drawing hand that night. Maybe I'll go leftie next time? He is an early design; I think he needs more "dad" to him.