Friday, October 23, 2009

Monk On The Go & Monk on the Get


A bit of a work in progress. Screwed up the Victrola. Ah the pitfalls of straight ahead drawing with ink.


28 comments:

Bruce said...

I love me some monkeys, especially the ones that can dance, sing and can look great in a uniform. Thanks for sharing this piece, Mr. Waller, even with the occasional mistake or two.

I’m always fascinated when I see someone else’s work, especially when it’s still in the thinking phase.

By the way, what kind of brushes do you use when you ink? I recall that you use the Staedtler’s MARS Graphic 3000 duo in a previous post…

Thanks for answering, Mr. Waller, and have a good one.

From an aspiring animator/ cartoonist

Vincent Waller said...

Thanks for popping in Bruce.
This one was drawn with the pentel pocket brush pen.

ArtF said...

vincent! your monkeys are gorgeous!!

Ian Andersen said...

Man, those monkeys look incredible, I especially love the little adornments on their suits.

When you say straight ahead, you don't do any sort of pre-rendering? Not even just a few pencil lines for rough composition? Or maybe a thumbnail? Either way these are amazing.

Vincent Waller said...

Thanks Ian. No the monkeys were ink to paper with only a bit of an idea of where it might go floating around inside my head.

Most of the ink work I post here is that way. With a couple of exceptions, like the fellow with a knife outside a window, and Rosa with the bat by the pastries.
They were both unfinished pencil drawings that offended my eyes every time I flipped through my sketch book. They kept bugging me so I attacked them with Staedtler MARS Graphic 3000 duo. Now much more friendly toward them.

Stephen Worth said...

These make me even more happy than the elephant!

John-Michael Morgan said...

Monkeys wearing suits are always awesome. Super cool work as usual, Vince!

What I love about your doodles is that you keep everything solidified. I myself can't draw a solid drawing without construction. You seem to do this quite well.

Keep it up, man!

chrisallison said...

vincent, please please please please give us a small tutorial on your hand theories. these monkey paws are GREAT.

Vincent Waller said...
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Vincent Waller said...

Chris I wish I could tell you that had more than a rudimentary grasp (sorry) of hands.


When I'm doing straight ahead drawing in ink like these guys. I picture the hand I want to draw (usually entails me putting my own hand into the contortion I need whether I'm looking at it or not. It's just like making the faces that you are trying to draw. It mentally locks me into the physics of the shapes.)and I start with the tip of the finger that is closest to camera. Then draw back to the next knuckle and so on until I reach where it connects with the hand. From there I can feel where the rest of the fingers will lay in relation to first finger I've drawn.
Sorry if this sounds like so much gobbledigook.
But one thing to remember is you aren't drawing hands. You are drawing icons of hands. As long as the anchor points are near where they should be, your eye will see it as a functioning hand.

If you're looking for something to study I would suggest nabbing any comics drawn by John Buscema.If they were inked by him as well, all the better. The man was a master of all, but in particular, he could turn a hand beautifully.

Weirdo said...

Those monkeys are AWESOME! Two thumbs way up. You are a real inspiration. Please keep them coming.

Colter said...

These are nothing short of awesome. Unreal that these were straight ahead, so cool.

How long do drawings like this usually take you? Do you do it in one sitting?

Again, awesome stuff man, as usual!

Kali Fontecchio said...

You're stuff is so much fun. Thanks for the inspiration!

Vincent Waller said...
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Vincent Waller said...

The dancing monkey took about 45 minutes so far. I drew while propped up in bed half watching TV with a book on knees for a drawing table.
The monkey and clown took a little longer. Mostly because It was smaller and it was harder on the ol'peepers.

Vincent Waller said...

Likewise Kali. I'm always inspired and impressed when visit your blog.

Matt said...

Ah, John Buscema... I'll never forget his stint on Wolverine, back when I was a kid.

No one could draw a pile of dead bodies like that guy.

diego cumplido said...

I'm still a fan of your doodles and drawings Vincent, I'd like to have a question, but I don't....

Kali Fontecchio said...

I feel all fuzzy inside now!

RooniMan said...

I'm lovin your monkeys, Vincent!

chrisallison said...

John Buscema inks, here I come. Thanks Vincent!

Jim Smith said...

You got balls man drawing with ink. I do that too just humble myself.

Jim Smith said...

And remember-"One monkey don't stop no show."

jack raffin said...

hahha, goddamn. you the man, this stuff is hilarious & cool

Trevor Thompson said...

This reminds me -- are Killa Gorilla shirts still available? And if so, is the only way to buy one through CafePress?

I ask because I hate CafePress.... long story.

Amanda H. said...

Oh WOW, it looks like those bizarre woodcuts from the 19th century or illustrations from carnival posters.
BTW, is it okay if I follow you?

thomas said...

Hello V.W.

Just wondering if there are more drawings on the way?

benj said...

AwESOME!!!