Mustache adventure

I usually trim my beard to keep it neat, but some time ago I just stopped and let it grow. My aim became (and still is) to get a nice, gentlemanly handlebar mustache. The result after one month is pretty self-explanatory…

By the way, sorry for not posting more often. I would really like to be more productive, and at least have one update every week. I will not go on about it, but wow… just one update in November? That’s way too low. Anyway, thanks for sticking with me if you’re a regular visitor on this “online comic sketchbook” and “artsy thoughts” blog of mine.

Sketcbook Sunday #30 – Not a pipe

I haven’t had much time to draw lately, which is why I haven’t been updating this blog. But since it’s Sunday, and I haven’t published a “Sketchbook Sunday” post in a while, here’s an old brush pen sketch of me smoking a pipe. I don’t really smoke, but my friend occasionally does, and he also owns a pretty cool collection of pipes.

Hey, did you know that I now have three blog posts which are tagged with “pipe“? I certainly didn’t, because I just found out. The other two are of a character design (version one and two) I made around the same time I drew the sketch above. Maybe I should draw more people with pipes and make it a thing?

Hair

I’ve been neglecting journal comics for a while. It’s too bad, because short, everyday stories like this one is something I should be able to make on a regular basis. I should also get an appointment for a haircut.

If you want to check out my previous journal updates, you can check out How to catch a crane fly, Meet the baby and Once every 2.5 years. My penchant for organization says that I should make some kind of system to keep track of these… Anyone got some tips for a wannabe webcartoonist? I guess one way is to use/link to the Journal Comics category

Sunday Sketchbook #21 – Self-portrait

I got a new pen this week, so obviously I had to make a self-portrait like this. The pen is a Platinum Carbon Fountain Pen, recommended as “the perfect pen” in this blogpost by Sarah Glidden. In short, the selling point for me was the waterproof ink. It should work great for watercolor practice, and I’m looking forward to test it out properly.

As for the self portrait, at first I only intended for it to be B&W, but decided to add some colors really quickly. I’m not very happy about my skills at coloring digitally, but I guess I just need some more practice. Also, I never know what I should do with the background, so I just leave it white. Anyway, so much to learn, so little time! Leave a comment if you’ve got thoughts on art supplies, self-portraits or just want to say hi!

Sketchbook Sunday #11 – WIP comic

These are not exactly sketches, but it’s nonetheless a work in progress-thing, so I thought I’d share it here. You could call it an experiment in making comics, and it’s the first time in a long time I’ve actually made a decent effort in that. I sent these two pages + a blank page to an artsy friend of mine. It’s worth mentioning that he didn’t know about this, so you might say I’ve challenged him to continue the story where I left off. I’ve also got to point out that the character you can see here is myself, and that I’m breaking the fourth wall right off the bat in the first panel. This is due to it actually being a letter in comic-form to my friend, which is also part of the reason why I’ve removed the text (well, most of it anyway). Don’t worry, we’ll add the text when the project is finished.

I’ve used Deleter brand manga-paper. I found the pre-printed rulers to be extremely handy when making panel borders and guides for the text. By the way, I posted a WIP photo on Instagram, just for fun. Inking was done with Uni Pin fineliners, sizes 0.05 to 0.8. I usually sketched the different panels on a separate sheet of paper, before tracing the finished sketches onto the manga paper. I’ve also included an homage to a Norwegian cartoonist I know in person, because he commented very nice things on the Instagram WIP photo. That is all! Comments and critique are very welcome in the comments section!