Today I made a font out of my handwriting.
Here is a little cartoon with my regular scrawly handwriting direct on the cartoon.
And here it is with the new font.
Update: You can now buy this cartoon on a t-shirt, hoodie, or sticker at RedBubble. How can you resist?
Here’s another drawing of a penguin in a cloak.
This one is interesting to me because of how I achieved it. First, I copied from a picture of a penguin I took at London zoo.
I sketched it in pencil and then sketched in the mask and cloak. Then I put it on the lightbox and drew the outline on a new sheet using a tria marker with the brush nib.
Then I scanned it and adjusted the levels to get the white paper white. I copied the layer and coloured it in, and put that coloured layer under the original scanned layer, using the Color Burn blending mode.
The nice thing for me is that I like this sort of look and I’m gradually working out how to achieve it. Gradually.
I’ve wanted to experiment with screen printing for a long time and today I finally did some. It was pretty mucky work, but good fun. I printed a design on to a t-shirt and on to a few cards.
Here’s my decapitated body to give you an idea of how the t-shirt came out.
I should have done another pass of the ink, but I didn’t realise at the time and once I’d picked up the screen to check that was the end of that.
The cards took the ink far more happily, of course, but I was guessing at location and they weren’t fixed down, so there was some smudging.
Key lessons I’ve learnt:
I did this just using some greaseproof paper cut out for the template. It worked pretty well, but I suspect most of the designs I want to do will be better with two colours and that will have to be far less haphazard.
Today I totally lacked inspiration for a cartoon, so I practiced heads, hands, feet and penguins. I started by reading Jack Cole’s instant cartooning course and drew these as a result.
The course recommends working on hands and feet a lot, so I tried drawing some hands. This is my hand.
And this is a sort of copy of my drawing of my hand, which isn’t so good and shows that it’s not drawn from life. But nice in pen.
Then I tried some feet.
Another foot from the front. Drawn with a Rotring B nib pen.
That’s enough of that! Let’s draw a cat!
Oh, ok, here’s my hand again.
We can do both at once, though, right?