Inktober Week One

Inktober was started by Jake Parker back in, I don’t remember the year, but the point is he created it to promote regular drawing habits among aspiring illustrators. I count myself in that category.

The idea is that if you can draw something everyday for a month you’ll be able to maintain a certain level of art production after that. It happens every October and all you have to do to participate is post a drawing on social media with the hashtag #inktober. I like to post my work on Instagram under the handle @hellopinello.

Here’s my contribution to the first week. The first two are portraits of myself and my fiancée. The rest follow a Halloween theme cuz Halloween’s my favorite.

Watercolor Wednesday

Watercolor Wednesday, I kind of like how that sounds so I think I’ll start posting my paintings on Wednesday’s, maybe, if I remember.

So here’s my most recent two, numbers four and five respectively, in my quest to complete 100 paintings.

I’m working on Green Arrow and Black Canary at the moment and have plans to do Green Lantern (John Stewart) and Darkseid after that. So I pose this question to all y’all; What DC character should I draw for number ten? Leave your answer in the comments.

Old Stuff For a New Day

I was digging through some old art the other day and decided it was time to let go of some of it. Here’s a few sketch cards I did back in 2014. Might’ve even been 2013 (I should really put dates on pieces.)

They’re up on eBay right now if you’re interested. Starting bid is $1. You can find them under the seller name littdledogcomics2014. Keep checking back because I’ll be posting more old work every Monday.

These were drawn with copics and microns on Bristol board btw.

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On Snails and the Things That Eat Them

By Shaun Pinello © Little Dog Comics 2016

We’ve got snails, lots of them. Jessie was the first to notice.

They all came out one day when it rained and she saw them on the walkway doing the kinds of things that snails do which doesn’t look like much as you pass by but her curiosity made her examine them more closely and she took videos. These videos peaked into the life of the animal behind the shell. A clip of a snail dipping its head into a cool puddle. A clip of a snail chewing a leaf. Each bite can be seen through its translucent head then going down the snail’s neck and disappearing behind its shell. When the rain stopped the snails retreated to the shade of the plants that lined the walkway.

Once we knew they were there we began to notice them more often. On summer evenings they come out to great each other, see what’s on the other side of they walkway, and feast on the shells of their dead. They really do eat their dead. Their shells are made of calcium and consuming the calcium from the dead snails’ shells fortifies the shells of the living snails.

In winter, just before the first frost, the snails burrow beneath the top layer of soil and hibernate. Jessie and I were not the only ones to notice. A pair of road runners have been dropping by daily to do dig up the snails, smash their shells, and eat their slimy insides. Once it gets warmer the road runners will switch to lizards but for now lizards are in short supply.

By the way, you can buy a print of this drawing from our Etsy shop.

Sketchbook Week o3

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By Shaun Pinello ©Little Dog Comics 2016

This is the week I feel like I got the hang of working on toned paper. The key seems to be to let the paper be your medium value even if your working in color. That means choosing colors that work well with the color of the paper. I’ve been using Copic markers and found a few I like. E11 and E13 are good for values just darker than the paper. E15 however has too much pigment and comes across as orange. I also like R20, R22 and R24. The first two are subtle pinks but use R24 sparingly as it’s more red and really stands out. (See Man with Clown Nose and Pipe) For shades lighter than the paper you have to use and opaque medium to mask the paper. I’ve been using a white Prismacolor brand colored pencil but I assume gauche or acrylic paint will work as well.

A few people have expressed interest in seeing these sketches printed in a book and I’m seriously considering it once I get around thirty finished. But first I want to see if there is a demand for a book like that. In order to do that I’ll be taking pre-orders. If you would like to get on our email list and be the first to know when orders open send us an email at littledogcomics@gmail.com

Sketchbook Week 02

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By Shaun Pinello ©Little Dog Comics 2016

Of the three sketches I made last week my favorite is the third one. That’s my dog Bucky. You may have seen him in last week’s post.

I’m still going strong with this sketchbook project. If you want to see them as I post them check out one of the following sites:

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And just for kicks, head over to our Etsy because I’m starting to post these for sale.