Inktober 2015 (Part 1)

I had mentioned in an earlier blog post you could follow my drawings for #inktober 2015 on the Don’t Pick the Flowers Facebook page or on Instagram, and now I will share half of those for you on today’s blog and the other half next week.  The challenge was exciting and a bit tiring. The tiring part was mostly posting to social media, yes I did also post them on Twitter, Tumblr and Pinterest, but Facebook and Instagram is where I focused most. Drawing every day is very important, but I also work plus create and share comics at least 3 times a week, so October may have been a partial blur, not really, but I did stay busy! But I truly enjoyed the drawing and challenge of this year’s #inktober. So here are the inks and a little explanation of each one.

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Top Left: Suzanne with Tim Burton’s “Robot Boy” (from his book The Melancholy Death of Oyster Boy and Other Stories). Top Right: Suzanne being chased by a huge Raven Skeleton. Bottom Left: My own little creation here, kitty goes fishing. Bottom Right: Give a kiss to the Gargoyle.

 

 

 

 

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Top Left: Krustyjuice, Krustyjuice, Krustyjuice . . . my mashup of Beetlejuice and Krusty the Clown. Top Right: It’s an Umpa Lumpa from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Bottom Left: My attempt at drawing Neil Gaiman. Bottom Right: Suzanne give Frankenstein a new hairdo.

 

 

 

 

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Top Left: Suzanne meets The Crow (Eric Draven) from the 1994 film. Top Right: Suzanne is a lost girl, here she is with David (Kiefer Sutherland) from one of my favorite movies as a teen, The Lost Boys. Bottom Left: Suzanne “Interviews a Vampire”, my comic version of the Vampire Chronicles by Anne Rice. Some of my favorite books. Bottom Right: Suzanne gets a haircut, Edward Scissorhands is my favorite Tim Burton film.

 

 

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Top Left: I drew a Lewis Carroll type sketch adding Walt Disney’s 1951 animated version of the March Hare, Tim Burton’s Mad Hatter (Johnny Depp), and Suzanne. Top Right: Suzanne meets The Mad Monster Party’s Count Dracula. Bottom Left: I am super stoked that The Cure will be touring North America in 2016, YES I HAVE TICKETS!! This is my tribute to my favorite band and my weird version of the song “Torture”. Bottom Right: Suzanne is “Bewitched” . . . yes my version of the TV show that ran from 1964-1972 on ABC.

 

And there is the first 15 drawings from inktober 2015. I used micron and copic markers in the drawings. Until next week, keep drawing and “don’t pick the flowers”.

 

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Suzanne Sketch Diary (Part 3)

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I am back with Part 3 of the “Suzanne Sketch Diary”, and possibly the last of this series of blogs featuring sketches of Suzanne. To catch you up, the last couple of blogs have been sketches of (mostly) Suzanne drawn throughout this past year. I do plan to post other drawings never posted here in the coming weeks. So to start this off, the picture above is an artwork I posted on Facebook, and used as the banner on the main page of the Don’t Pick the Flowers website.

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The drawings on the left are extra sketches I shared on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr. You may have seen these before, or if you are new to seeing my work, they now have a home here. I am considering putting a book together with these and other sketches.

 

 

 

 

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Again, more sketches and doodles. The top right image gave me an idea which lead to an actual comic.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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I really like the picture to the left. I posted this online and ended up using it as an ad in the 2015 Kenosha Festival of Cartooning Brochure (in Black and White). I had someone mention this would make a great book cover. Hey, that is an idea!

 

 

 

 

 

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The cartoon on the right was to be used in a Berkeley Breathed Tribute. A group of cartoonist mentioned it and I’m actually not sure what happened as it never came to fruition, so here it is. This idea came from an early comic I drew probably 4 or 5 years ago featuring Vincent and Duck.

 

 

 

And there you have it, a look in my sketch book. It is really fun to have these posted here so you can see them, whether they are good or bad you can see some of the creative process behind my comic. And as I mentioned above, possibly there is a book of sketches on the horizon for you to have of your own. I hope you have enjoyed viewing the sketches and artwork. Until next time, Don’t Pick the Flowers!

 

 

 

 

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Suzanne Sketch Diary (Part 2)

I am continuing with the Suzanne Sketches never posted here at Don’t Pick the Flowers blog. It’s a good way to give them a home and see again or for the first time drawings, doodles and sketches of our young dark heroine. In this set of drawings there is a few “special” comics that were added at GoComics Sherpa or on the DPTF Fan Page but never put on the website. Also, it looks like I added a quick funny sketch of Severus Snape of Harry Potter (looking a bit like Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails). And as I said on the previous blog, these are from earlier in the year, hence the snow and a few other obvious signs of the time of year. Under the posts I will place an explanation if it needs one. I hope you enjoy the drawings.

Top Left: A quick Friday the 13th Sketch posted on DPTF FB Page. Top Right: An Extra Comic for Valentine's Day. Bottom Left And Right: Suzanne enjoying the snow.

Top Left: A quick Friday the 13th Sketch posted on DPTF FB Page. Top Right: An Extra Comic for Valentine’s Day posted at GoComics Sherpa and the DPTF FB Page. Bottom Left And Right: Suzanne enjoying the snow. Click on image to enlarge.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Top Right: Suzanne pretending she is in the "Hunger Games". Click on image to enlarge.

Top Right: Suzanne pretending she is in the “Hunger Games”. Click on image to enlarge.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Top Left: A sketch honoring Leonard Nimoy after his death. Top Right: A comic honoring Leonard Nimoy, this was placed on GoComics Sherpa and DPTF FB Page. Bottom Left: Suzanne as The Crow. Bottom Right: My fun sketch of Severus Snape of Harry Potter. Click on Image to enlarge.

Top Left: A sketch honoring Leonard Nimoy after his death. Top Right: A comic honoring Leonard Nimoy, this was placed on GoComics Sherpa and DPTF FB Page. Bottom Left: Suzanne as The Crow. Bottom Right: My fun sketch of Severus Snape of Harry Potter. Click on Image to enlarge.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Top Right: An extra comic for St Patrick's Day, this was placed on GoComics Sherpa and DPTF FB Page. Bottom Left and Right: A sketch (then colored) of Suzanne and her floating balloon head. Click on Image to enlarge.

Top Right: An extra comic for St Patrick’s Day, this was placed on GoComics Sherpa and DPTF FB Page. Bottom Left and Right: A sketch (then colored) of Suzanne and her floating balloon head. Click on Image to enlarge.

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Suzanne Sketch Diary (Part 1)

On the last two blog posts I’ve been sharing my drawings from 2014’s Inktobers, and before that it had been a while since I had posted a blog. As I was looking through my files I realized there was a lot of little doodles, drawings and sketches that were never added here at Don’t Pick the Flowers. I plan to post a lot of those here so they will have a proper home besides laying around my house and also just floating around in cyberspace. Some of these are better than others, but they are drawings of Suzanne that I hope you enjoy. You’ll notice some are from last Christmas, this past New Year and other odds and ends. If I feel anything needs explained I will add it under the drawing. Expect to see more of these over the next few weeks.

Top Right: A sketch I drew featuring Robin Guthrie (Cocteau Twins) Robert Smith (The Cure) with Suzanne. Bottom Left: I was thrilled when I bought the book Obscure by The Cure . . . Suzanne enjoyed it too.

Top Right: A sketch I drew featuring Robin Guthrie (Cocteau Twins) Robert Smith (The Cure) with Suzanne. Bottom Left: I was thrilled when I bought the book Obscure by The Cure . . . Suzanne enjoyed it too. Click on image to enlarge.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

You can see these images are older, Christmas and a New Year from last year. Click on Image to enlarge.

You can see these images are older, Christmas and a New Year from last year. Click on Image to enlarge.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Top Left featuring my tribute to the victims in France, Je Suis Charlie. Click on image to enlarge.

The Top Left featuring my tribute to the victims in France, Je Suis Charlie. Click on image to enlarge.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Inktober Drawings from 2014 (Part 2)

Last week at Don’t Pick the Flowers Blog I mentioned I was participating in Inktober again. If you remember or aren’t familiar with #inktober it is a time for artists of all types to draw something in ink once a day for the month of October. You can find out more details and see what others are doing if you check out Jake Parkers website (who originated Inktober) right here: http://mrjakeparker.com/inktober

I also posted the first 16 drawing of mine from last year and now I want finish up with the remaining 15. I hope you enjoy them and you are having fun with #inktober 2015!

And as I mentioned previously you can follow me for this year’s inktober on Don’t Pick the Flowers Facebook Page or follow me on Instagram.

 

 

#17 Miss Spider from James and the Giant Peach. #18 Gonzo from The Muppets as Tin Man of The Wizard of Oz. #19 The Cat from The Simpsons (Tree House of Horror Episode). #20 This is my original drawing of an Owl . . . having a little accident.

 

 

 

 

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#21 Michelangelo from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. #22 I found a picture of 2 ravens on Tumblr and this is my sketch. #23 My own little creation, A Vampire Burglar. #24 I went hiking one day and found some leaves and used them for day 24.

 

 

 

 

 

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#25 Another one of my creations, you never know what you will find under a sheet. #26 My humorous take on Donnie Darko. #27 A drawing of Johnny Depp from Sleepy Hallow. #28 A sketch of Vincent Price.

 

 

 

 

 

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#29 One of my creations, never put tape on the bottom of a cat’s foot. #30 I was super busy for day 3o of Inktober and drew Beetlejuice on a cup. #31 And for the last day I added Ickis from Real Monsters to one of my creations.

 

 

 

 

 

And this ends the drawings for #inktober 2014, I hope you enjoyed looking at them and can follow me this year on Facebook or Instagram!

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