In memoriam of Inktober 2015.

When you’re reading this, it means that we’re on the brink of the end for another month of inky goodness…

Well, at least it was filled with lots-a-flavored and colored induced Halloween candy, spooky fun and sometimes even more spooky art. My twitter timeline has been filled with golems, zombies, witches and whatnot. And just like every year, I’m sad that it’s all over so soon. The Inktober challenge has passed, and you can now read the entire story, including the one from last year, back to back – as it was intended. While it was really fun to work on it, I’m glad I’ll be able to switch to color again. I missed my fully colored clones. Let me tell you that.

So, another year will have to pass now, before I get the chance to celebrate the darkest time between our world and the world of darkness. And with that in mind, I created this years Halloween pinup around that theme. Luckily for me, there’s this day in Mexico that celebrates that exact feeling. Well, sorta. It’s called “Dia de los Muertos” or better known as “The Day of the Dead”. Where as it’s actually known as a moment where family members support the spiritual journey of their deceased loved ones, I took it a bit more literally, and actually see it as day to celebrate the dark creatures who attempt to cross the border into our world. Maybe I’ll make a painting about that next year? ^^ For now though, I kept it rather peaceful as you can see.

Also, for those interested (and I know there are a couple of people who actually are), I made another step-by-step of this image. Just to keep you under my spell. It uses the same principle of the 4 step process as illustrated in one of my previous tutorials.

Feast your eyes ladies & gents:
Making-of Halloween 2015

.. and have a Happy Halloween tonight, to all of you.

Project Clones: The “in-between-comic”.

Inktober’s here again folks! Another year’s passed, stuff has happened, both terrible and awesome, but Inktober is still here. I’ll participate in it again, every day (I’m in it for the long haul) for the entire month just as I did last year (remember, it’s all stored here for your reading pleasure, along with the explanation of what it exactly is). Over the past year, I’ve been thinking in what way I wanted to see this story going. As you might recall, I ended the story with a cliffhanger. And for this year, I had the same ‘problem’. What did I wanted to go with: A happy ending, a sad ending or even no ending? Do I wanted it to have another cliffhanger or not? All these questions were pondering inside my dark and creepy mind whilst I was drawing on the other stuff. So many options..

But I had to pick one. Just one. So for now, I went with something that felt appropriate. Something that took me a while too. A while you say? Well, yes.. You think I just came up with this story at the end of September? Oooh boy, are you wrong. Nononooo, this is months in the making. I have no clue how long it takes for other people to develop some form of decent storytelling, but for me it takes a while. As for this one, I eventually decided to give it some form of ending. Not a jolly, happy one, nor was it a sad ending. It also doesn’t really feel like a cliffhanger, but it’s definitely not a closed ending as well. I see it as an “in-between-comic”. Since this storyline is just about a few clones anyways. After all, when Star Wars kicked of in 1977 with Episode IV, no one said anything about that, right? So I see no reason why I can’t do the same.

To be honest.. after all this pondering and re-writing, I’m really hoping it came out well in the end. I’ve had some feedback over the years from a few other people, and whilst they all praised my work so far, I will always be my own harshest critic. I still see so many flaws, things I should’ve worked on longer, improved better, or simply should’ve written out or replaced with something else. But I try to live in the spirit of ‘getting things done’ and to move on when I feel like I should. If I wouldn’t do that, I’d still be here probably, writing and pondering over this month’s storyline for Inktober.

Also, if you’ve been following me over at Somewhere and/or Twitter, you might’ve noticed multiple “work in progress” shots or “wip’s” as I like to call ‘m, but in contrast to this months black ‘n white, all colored. Not to worry, that will still resume, once I’m done with Inktober. It’s also an entirely different storyline, although happening in the same universe of things. Maybe it’ll all come together at some point, maybe not. Who knows?

I’m going to leave you with the promise that I’ll be updating my twitter feed every day at 3PM UTC time (and my gallery every weekend). So basically, since I live in Belgium, that’ll be 5PM for me (gives me a bit of an edge for last minute changes and all that). As for now, here’s to another month of inky goodness.

Cheers!

Happy Halloween.

Come Into The Dark PreviewAnd here we are, folks, Halloween of 2014 is upon us again!

I personally had a lot of fun this month building up to this night as you might have noticed already. In case you still haven’t read about it, there’s been a great event called Inktober going on this month, and I’m proud to say I participated every day for an entire month again. I don’t really want to boast, but I can tell you that I really like the outcome of it. When you look at a month’s work of ink drawings, it does something to you as an artist. I can tell you that. I love it when a plan project comes together! You can check it all out for yourself if you like, I took the effort of rearranging some things at the start of this month, so that you can read up on my new short story “The Chronicles of Clones” first thing when you arrive at the Inktober-tab. Expect to see these little guys a lot more, as I really started to like drawing and introducing ‘m into the most weird/funny/exciting adventures!

Of course, it wouldn’t be fair if we didn’t end with a bang, right? So doing a small something something it sort of required and, to be honest, seems like a fitting thing to do here. So, after a bit of extra drawing, allow me to present you my latest Halloween-themed illustration.

Have a great and happy Halloween people, I know I will.

Come Into The Dark

#Inktober 2013 – The Aftermath

Banner Inktober 2013 Done

So at the start of this month, I said I was going to enter the challenge for this month’s #Inktober right? I also wasn’t sure that, in all my ambition, I would succeed. Since it’s been super busy around here (not even taking all the moving into the new house into account here), I had to plan a lot of stuff, and most of the times I was still up working late hours to get stuff done at the last minute.

Inktober entry, Day 31

Inktober entry, Day 31

But we emerged victorious! We fought the darkness that kept creeping in, the seductive sleep that lured us into our beds late at night and we battled ourselves to the final and most epic fight at the end of the month. The one fight to rule all others. I’m referring here those very last days, where I actually had to talk to a few people for coming up with ideas, since most of the times I ended up staring at blank pages. All in all, it’s been fun. I would very much like to thank Jake Parker again, since he came up with the idea, after all. Dabbling in ink is something I haven’t been doing for a long time, and being able to do so, has surely re-introduced me into a world of instant gratification, since I was mostly getting very edgy lately at those pixels on my screen, when photoshop decided to wipe all my work straight into the bin for no reason at all (that only happened once though, to be honest).

They Have A Golem

They Have A Golem

On the positive side, some of the guys I produced you will definitely be seeing again, as I very much intend to give ‘m some colour when I get to have more time. I’d love to see ‘m pinned on my wall in a couple of frames, at some point. But hey, that’s all for the future. For now, you can all enjoy this nice collection of 31 days worth of Inktober entries right over here.

Last but certainly not least, you might have noticed, that for this month, I’ve been using the Halloween-theme quite a lot in the Inktober-challenge; throwing scary faces, situations and enemies of all kinds in there. That is now coming to an end with the final and most epic fight I did so far in any illustration to date. I present to you my baby for this month.

Have a happy Halloween folks.

– Because I love it.

#Inktober 2013

Banner Inktober 2013

It’s been awhile since I’ve participated into any contest, don’t you think? Yeah sure, there was the one from during the summer.. but that’s all in the past. An artist has to move on, keep going further, push him/herself to the limit, only to find out that there’s a lot more ‘pushing’ to be done. Irony as good as it gets, right there.

Inktober entry, Day 4

Inktober entry, Day 4

So basically, with nothing on my hands (yeah, right), I decided to participate into this month’s #Inktober. What’s that you say? I couldn’t read it because of the hashtag that was in front of it. Oh, it’s nothing much really. It’s this contest on twitter you see, where you’re supposed to create an ink drawing on a regular basis (I chose to go with every day) throughout the month of October, hence “Inktober”. Clever play of words really. Unfortunately not my own invention I’m afraid, it’s actually all the idea of Jake Parker, who started it all. Since it’s been a while that I’ve been dabbling in ink, I decided to pick this one, and see how long I’ll last. Will I be able to keep up for all 31 days? Time will tell.

I will be adding my sketches to this gallery at the end of every workweek. You will also be able to follow my #Inktober updates on my Twitter, should you want to stay updated on a more regular basis. And if you want to see ALL the #Inktober sketches, search for the #INKtober hashtag on all the major social networks.

Cheers
– Me.

PS Due  to the fact that I didn’t foresee the great amount of work to be displayed here (it’s 31 days after all), I moved the entire gallery to here. This will keep things more clean and provide for a better overview, after all. Anyways, nothing to see here, carry on folks 😉