Arthur Rackham

Today, I thought I’d talk about another skilled artist who demonstrated a superior talent with the medium of pen-and-ink.  That man was Arthur Rackham.

Arthur Rackham (1867-1939) was an English illustrator best known for his renditions of fairy tale works.  He did many works in monotone and in color work.

But you don’t have to take my word for it.  Just check out this video full of illustrations that he did for a 1910 book version of Ring of the Nibelung.  (Thanks to shivabel of YouTube for putting this together.)


How Do You Choose A Sketchbook?

Very carefully.

Seriously, you want to know how to choose a sketchbook.  It depends on what you want.  Sketchbooks come in all shapes and sizes.

Red Pocket Sketchbook

Moleskine Sketchbook

What exactly is it that you want?  You need to ask yourself what will your sketchbook be for.  Will you put completed drawings in it?  Will it be just for putting down rough sketches or ideas on the fly?  What media will you be using? Read the rest of this entry »

Hilda and Richie

Today, I thought I’d show you the cover I’ll be using for my personal comics project.  It’s nothing splashy – just an Expressionist/Fauve style cover.

Hilda and Richie

"Hilda and Richie", India ink & acrylic ink on paper, 7x10 in.

Hilda and Richie, the foxes you might remember from my comics, are the two posing in this picture.  I first laid down a rough pencil sketch, cleaned it up and tightened up the pencils.

The next step I used was to put down a wash of ink.  The colored ink you see in this painting is Daler Rowney FW Acrylic Artists Ink.  Acrylic ink, like acrylic paint, is completely insoluble once it’s dry.  Once that had completely dried, I then inked over the pencil lines with a nib pen.

Pretty neat, isn’t it?  BTW, prints of this avant-garde comics cover are available over on my DeviantArt account.


And now…I will share one and only one more page from my experimental comics work in progress, currently in the last stages of its development.  Titled Hilda & Richie, it will involve a pair of foxes who live together in a big mansion.  Anyway, go back and read the other pages if you haven’t already.

Richie wants to have a bubble gum blowing contest with Hilda.  He has found her preparing for the local charity bazaar.  I’m not sure if bubble gum is the big thing on Hilda’s mind right now.


Ouch!  Talk about bursting somebody’s bubble!  Richie has to help Hilda with work AND has egg on his face…er, I mean, he has gum on his face.  How will this turn out?

That’s all!  You’ll have to wait until I finish the comic and make it available over on Indy Planet.  Stay tuned for more updates!


Here’s another pencilled comics page from my personal “Hilda & Richie” project.  Richie did end up finding Hilda…but will she have the time for fun?

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