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Inktober Day 4-6

Day 4- Sesquipedalian

The mayor of the town had been among those to lose his house and belongings. Fueled by his anger at the seemingly unjust behavior of the dragon, he gathered everyone together and made a speech. This included the Dragonslayer, who hung near the back of the crowd, silent beneath his helmet, ash and sparks still circling him from the fight. The mayor could certainly be characterized as long-winded, overusing big words and professional jargon. This prompted the blacksmith, a man of much opinion and little intelligence, to cause an argument. The Dragonslayer seemed blissfully oblivious to the bickering men, instead staring out at the mountains where the dragon had come from, his helmet still hiding every hint at an expression.

Word Credit: Melissa (Thank you for teaching me an interesting new word! I had to Google the definition more than once, just to make sure…)

Grey scale on Toned Paper:

 In choosing my limited color pallet for Inktober, I decided to work in grey scale and use only the autumnal colors of red, yellow and orange. Working in grey scale is a great method of learning to separate the tones of a drawing, as well as focusing on shading. Toned paper allows you to be able to use lighter colors, including white, and helps darker tones stand out. I would recommend using toned paper for studies and such, especially if you’d like to improve with shading and separating tones. One thing that is important to keep in mind, is that the toned paper will affect the colors of your art supplies. Always test the colors on an extra sheet of the same toned paper you are planning to use for the illustration, and write down the color names if possible to prevent confusion.

Day 5- Uncomfortable

As the day was coming to a close, the merchant stopped the bickering blacksmith and mayor, drawing attention to the Dragonslayer. With the whole town suddenly directed at him, the Dragonslayer seemed to squirm in his armor, backing away slightly. The mayor called to him, but he made no response. His lack of reaction, largely due to the uncomfortable situation, caused an eruption of a response from the town people. Soon they were shouting and bickering ten-fold, and not just the mayor and the blacksmith, but rather seemingly everyone had an opinion to raise.

The Dragonslayer took this as an opportunity to slip away and make a small camp near the body of the Destroyer. There he stayed, tired and worn out from the battle. His supplies had waned completely, and thus he would be forced to stay in the town for a few days, perhaps a week. He silently resolved to avoid crowds, and people in general…

Word Credit: Bart (There isn’t a better word to explain how people make the Dragonslayer feel. I don’t think there is a social situation in the world that makes the Dragonslayer feel comfortable…)

Line-Art: Background vs. Foreground

This technique definitely won’t apply to all styles, as many forms of art such as realism do not require any outlining. However, I found it to be quite effective for separating elements of the foreground from the background. Keeping in mind that you want to draw the viewer’s eye to the foreground, and that the darkest art supply you are going to use is the pure black pen for outlining, outlining the foreground characters, items or elements immediately pushes everything else into the background. The darker and bolder the outline, the more likely it will draw the eye of the viewer. This is especially effective when the foreground elements are more brightly colored than the background. 

Day 6- Giggle

As the village people slowly worked on rebuilding what they could, everyone seemed at a rather terrible low. The children, soon finding themselves uneasy at the gloom, tried their best to find ways to keep themselves busy. They did not understand what the dragon’s fire had cost the adults yet, and all they knew was the confusion and stress of everyone attempting to rebuild their lives. The gardens, mostly ruined, was no longer a place to play. Two girls then had the bright idea of replanting each and every flower the Destroyer had burnt away. Going into the woods and meadows, they collected every wildflower they could get their hands on. But, for two children, the project seemed too great. They needed someone greater than the magnitude of their project to kneel beside them in the dirt. And who better, they thought, but the expressionless Dragonslayer, perching on the wall of a partially reconstructed house. Giggling, they set their plan into motion, approaching who they considered a silent, helmeted but possible friend.

Word Credit: Karen (What better but the giggling laughter of children to bring the town back to life. Thank you for the very creative word, Mom!)

The Silent Story

Most comics rely on words as well as character expression to tell a story. However, when there is no room for words, the silent story is born. This form of writing takes the form of an illustrated storybook, without the words and the illustrations being on the same page. The words, by themselves, can effectively convey the story. The illustrations, by themselves, still effectively convey the story. This is a fun way of combining the illustration and writing in a story that both the visual learners and the readers can enjoy. This, however, makes it extremely important to capture behaviors of the characters, keeping them unique. The biggest challenge during this comic, was the Dragonslayer. Despite being a brilliant warrior with almost about twelve years of experience, he is shy, awkward and does have a sense of humor hiding under his helmet. His appearance and nature confuse the other characters. An example of this is his friendliness around children, but refusion to speak to anyone. Capturing this was a challenge, both in drawing and in words. Alongside him, there are about six other unique characters, who need to not only interact with the Dragonslayer and each other, but need a unique set of characteristics and behavior their own. Perhaps the extra words and the story told around the illustrations serves as a crutch, relieving me from capturing every moment in art form. However, it is a good step in the right direction.

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