Art: Kamado Tanjiro’s water dragon (step by step)

A couple of days ago, I drew a card and did some lettering for my son at the occasion of his 14th birthday today. (He loved it)

This is some fan art of Demon Slayer, a manga/anime he’s a fan of. This is Kamado Tanjiro and his water dragon.

Rough sketch of a flying character holding a sword and followed by a big dragon

Rough pencil sketch on a Bristol paper card.

Colouring in brown the character's outfit and in shades of blue the dragon

I’m using alcohol ink markers. I don’t have many and I don’t have the right colours.

At this scale I had a bit of a hard time filling the small areas in brown.

Blue background with yellow and green streaks. The coat of the character has yellow and grey squares

The paper did something weird with the medium which did not blend as it does normally. I don’t mind the texture, but it wasn’t intended.

I managed to get some contrast on the character’s outfit.

I realised belatedly that the dragon’s contrast was insufficient, however.

Hand-lettering in white, signature in black

I have been using the same sort of lettering for a few years now, more of less. It’s always the same letters 🙂

I used a white acrylic paint marker.

Hand-lettering in black on a white envelope
Card complete with the envelope

Art: inktober2021

I didn’t spend a lot of time on each drawing this year. I wasn’t exactly inspired either, so as a result there are only a handful which I really liked. But as usual, I enjoyed myself doing it!

All done on my small sketchbook Canson art book universal (format 14×21 cm), using a Pentel black brushpen, Kuretake fudegokochi black pen, Kuretake light grey Brush Writer in many cases, and in the cases of the last two, that same pen in Geranium Red.

Here’s a gallery of all of the drawings and the prompt list is at the bottom.

Inktober2021 prompt list
Inktober2021 prompt list

Drawvember 2020 days 1-5

This year for Drawvember, I compiled my own list of prompts, to ensure that I wasn’t going to use “not inspired” as an excuse for skipping days. Drawing actually brings me joy and satisfaction, and as it’s in rather short supply at this time of year for me, I have much at stake.

I picked words that appealed to me, rather randomly, without any clear idea how I was going to develop each prompt. So far, I’m having fun.

Day 1: “Dragon”

Indigo ink drawing with grey ink shadow of a dragon with big eyes

This is Toothless from the movie “How to train your dragon”, which is a family favourite. This served as a rehearsal of sort for my kid’s 13th birthday card which I will draw in a few weeks: he has requested a Toothless themed card.

I used my indigo ink Cambio Tambien brush pen from Kuretake. One limitation is that so much ink flows from that pen that the rather small format of my sketchbook does not allow for optimal spread of the ink, including more nuances, and I regret that I didn’t draw it bigger on the page because I could have gotten thinner lines.

Day 2: “Robot”

Grey and black ink drawing of a robot in the position of the Rodin sculpture The Thinker

Meh. I botched the head, the face, the hatching.

This is a robot in the pose of The Thinker by Auguste Rodin.

One thing I liked, which I developed further a couple days after: using my finger to smudge the grey ink from my Brush Writer to achieve an interesting effect in the contoured background.

Day 3: “Fur”

Pencil drawing of a fluffy cat

This is my cat Jack, and I used a photo of her as reference. She has the fluffiest tail!

I used pencils only, a medium I very seldom use, so I was very tempted after a while to erase everything and pick up an ink pen. Also, it was the first time I attempted to draw fur. The trick is to manage the shadows and contrast that bring out the light on the hair. I can only improve 🙂

Day 4: “Cherub”

Grey ink drawing of a child angel

My favourite so far!

I used the technique I discovered while drawing the background of the robot Thinker: finger-smudging. I used my light grey Brush Writer by Kuretake and smudged small strokes until achieving the desired shading effect.

Day 5: “Carnival”

Black, grey and red ink drawing of two costumed characters wearing white face masks and red headdresses in the foreground and a gondola and church from Venice in the background.

I have been to Venice, Italy, but never during the Carnival. I am fascinated by the costumes and masks. Here are a couple of rather evil-looking women wearing white masks and red head scarves over dark gowns, with the canal in the background, a moored gondola and the Duomo.

I used my Geranium Red Brush Writer by Kuretake, a grey felt tip pen, black ink 0.05 mm Graphik line maker from Derwent and Light Grey Brush Writer by Kuretake.

Inktober 2019 Days 11-15

Day 11: “Snow”

Black ink drawing of a winter scene: grass, fence, house, trees.

I experimented for the first time with negative space. I liked it! I used a black 0.05 mm Uni Pin pen.

Day 12: “Dragon”

Lots of ink in black and grey around a traditional looking Chinese dragon

What can I say? I love to draw dragons! Other than the grey ink that bled into the paper without blending with the previous layer, and the strange green hue where the grey ink of my Kuretake brush pen and the black ink of my Pentel Brushpen met, I really like how it turned out.

Day 13: “Ash’

Black and grey drawing of bodies and rubble. A man at the back props himself up on his arms.

I really enjoyed doing this one! I chose to depict a scene from Pompei in AD 79 after volcano ash trapped the bodies of people trying to escape their horrific death. I used a grey ink brush pen and a water brush in places to get blended lighter tones, then outlined using a black 0.05 mm Uni Pin pen.

Day 14: “Overgrown

Black and red ballpoint pen drawing of overgrown vegetation covering abandoned vehicles and the San Francisco golden gate bridge.

Black 0.05 mm Uni Pin pen and Slim frixion pen in red for this messy attempt at rendering how the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco would look like a bit after the apocalypse.

Day 15: “Legend

Black and grey ink drawing of hands on the handle of a Japanese sword. I wrote a quote by Miyamoto Musashi from the Earth book in 1644: 'The way of the warrior is the brave acceptance of death.' The open artbook is resting on top of the book on Miyamoto Mushashi: the book of the five rings.

“The way of the warrior is the brave acceptance of death.” — Miyamoto Musashi, The Earth Book, 1644. I draw the detail of a samurai, showing two swords. Musashi was famous for the way of the two swords. I used a grey ink brush pen from Kuretake, a black ink Pentel Brushpen.