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Inktober Day 7-9

Day 7- Flower

The Dragonslayer is not someone a coward would approach… Without a way to see under the deep shadow of his helm, most of the village people have avoided him as much as he has avoided them. He had planned to leave days ago, but with the minimal resources of the town, he had no sufficient funds to move on. He had been forced to stay, communicating with no one as he took whatever food was offered to him by strangers. Thus, it was quite natural of him to be very surprised at the approach of the two children, arms filled with flowers, shyly holding them out to him. He understood what they wanted him to do, and soon he found himself kneeling in the field they’ve been planting, old ash and dirt soon clinging to his armor. He seemed to care little for the heat of the sun, as his dragon-scale armor kept the heat out. The town’s people thought him a funny sight, an imposing figure, kneeling in the dirt, planting flowers! Had they misjudged him? Or had he simply given in to the whims of the children after constant nagging?

Word Credit: Anike (A nice and colorful word and a great way to show that the Dragonslayer is not as antisocial and solitary as you might think.)

Conveying Behavior: A useful art skill

Conveying behavior is extremely important in any form of art. Whether you are painting or drawing an animal in its natural habitat, comic characters interacting or even a small element like a flower blowing in the wind I believe being able to convey the behavior of your subject can be very important. Pretending that your art exists in its own universe, with laws, physics, habitat and atmosphere can help you understand how to portray certain things in your art. Most artists realize this early on, and beginners often start doing it subconsciously. Focusing on it can further help ground your art. 

Day 8- Fame

Unfortunately, when someone is wearing fiery armor made from dragon scales, it tends to have the affect of wearing a physical manifestation of a wide range of victories on their person at all times. Not only does it tend to come with recognition, but also a sense of fame that follows like a cloud. Most people can accept this fame, recognizing legitimate achievements and be done with the matter. Others remain distrusting, seeing fame as a sort of danger to their own reputations and ideas. The latter is the opinion of the blacksmith, who nearly had a fit when the mayor sent him to retrieve the Dragonslayer from his work in the fields. Not only did his thunderous expression completely crush the Dragonslayer’s satisfaction at his hard work, but the blacksmith’s barbed statements aimed at his fame seemed to only confuse him, rather than upset him. This miscommunication left the blacksmith fuming, glaring at the Dragonslayer with all the fury he could muster. As for the Dragonslayer, he remained expressionless and voiceless beneath the helmet, seeming only confused and surprised at the blacksmith’s outburst.

Word Credit: Ouma Nellie (Another word I was definitely not expecting! This word most certainly helped in creating more depth in how the characters react to the Dragonslayer. Especially in a small town that doesn’t attract many famous people).

Day 9- Discombobulate

If the blacksmith’s outburst served to do anything, it was to confuse the Dragonslayer. After blankly staring at each other for a moment, the Dragonslayer shrugged dramatically. Finally, it was clear to the blacksmith that none of his words were understood by the helmeted man and had only discombobulated him. Defeated, he simply pointed in the direction of the remaining market stalls, put up by the merchant to sell some things to passing travelers and those in the village who could still afford it. These funds were used to slowly help get the town back on its feet. Outside the main stall, the mayor stood, watching out into the field. The Dragonslayer trudged towards the mayor sheepishly, wiping his muddied gloves on the smooth scales of his chest plate.

Word Credit: Zanet (Thank you for the unique word! The Dragonslayer generally finds people discombobulating. Is it because he cannot understand their language? Or perhaps he finds dragons less intimidating than being social…)

What mediums I used where: Answering a question concerning Inktober this year

A fellow artist wanted to know what art supplies I used where during this Inktober. I remained very consistent in my use of the art supplies, even if I did use a lot more than last year. For the characters and most of the foreground elements, such as the characters and the houses in the background I used my Copic Markers. I was focusing on greyscale colors, especially since I very light grey Copics that served to not overwhelm the artwork. I only used my colored Copics for the Dragonslayer’s armor and two other elements added later in the comic. I used white GellyRolls very often this Inktober, mostly for the reflective parts of the illustration, such as the Dragonslayer’s armor and the eyes of the characters. I also used a set of grey GellyRolls, although these were limited to small elements of the characters’ outfits. For the sky, flowers and other small colored elements in the comic, I used my Derwent Inktense pencils. Although each illustration is unique, this is mostly the order in which I used the mediums. I did variate on some panels where it was needed, however, I hope this description will suffice.

Thank you to everyone who was a part of Inktober this year! Thank you to everyone who supported me and joined me on the adventure! I will continue posting on this blog as I finish writing the behind-the-scenes content!

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