Monthly Archives: October 2014

Inktober Day 19


Hope everyone had a fun weekend! I was busybusybusy, but I had a great time hanging out with family.


Chucky Crumb by Monica Marier

Today’s another illustration for the Skeleton Crew RPG. This one is the ghost of a silent film star comedian. I was inspired to draw on my favorite actors like, Buster Keaton, Harold Lloyd, Charlie Chaplin, and there’s a bit of Groucho Marx thrown in there for good measure. In the end he looks a bit like one of those Red Skelton sad clown paintings, but I tried to emphasize the soulful tortured eyes that all the silent comedians had.

Inktober twofer


I missed yesterday’s post due to force majeur so today I’m posting a two-fer. These are both character illustrations for the upcoming Skeleton Crew RPG book character creation section for ready-to-plays. The first is a Jacobean scardey-cat called “Headless Hob.” I approached him as sort of a “Canterville Ghost” meets Scooby Doo villain and he came out looking darling. The next is rougher and more visceral. It’s supposed to be an ancient Celtic warrior wight. I was inspired by the traitor ghosts in Return of the King. I think it would read a lot better with a black background or some other finessing. In retrospect this was a hard one to do with just ink. Anyway. More tomorrow. Bye!

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Inktober Day 16


Today I’m busy with a sick kid, so I gave myself a timed challenge to see how quickly I could draw Linus. I did this complete with pencils underneath in about 7 minutes.


Linus Weedwhacker by Monica Marier available for $20

Linus is an OLD friend of mine, so I’m starting to really memorize his features to the point where drawing him is almost automatic. It’s very rare that I have a handle on a character like that, since consistency is one of my biggest hurdles. That’s all for today, bye!

Inktober Day 15


Now I’m in a zombie mood. Last “Free Comic Book Day,” a kid asked me to draw a zombie, so I whipped out my sharpie and drew some hasty grotesque lines into a great zombie. A few kids saw his zombie and wanted more so I drew a fair few that day. Today, I wanted to see if I could do it again, so armed only with a sharpie and no pencils, I tried to do a zombie scene using rough lines and suggestive shadow. I went over it with a white liner pen to give the grass some depth, but only a smidge here and there. This is almost entirely a free-hand scene. I’m really happy with it.


The Incredibly Strange Lines That Became Mixed Up Zombies by Monica Marier available $35

Fun Fact: I’m actually terrified of zombies and zombie movies.

Inktober Day 14


Here’s Day 14’s ink. I did a Pugicorn/Pugasus . I just wanted the fun of drawing a pug (one of my FAVORITE dog breeds) running at full tilt. I love how manic their eyes look, I love how their limbs just seem to flap in midair. I love the tongue and the curly tail. This was just plain fun to draw. 🙂 I’ll probably even scan this guy properly and colour him in.


Pugacornasus by Monica Marier, available $30

Right! See you all tomorrow, lovely people!

Inktober Day 13


Submitted for your consideration, one Rod Serling, speculative fiction writer and TV show presenter (okay I’m done). Today I decided to render a loving tribute to the show that first fostered my love of the macabre, the weird and the speculative: The Twilight Zone. My favorite episode is “Masks.” What’s yours?


Submitted for Your Consideration, by Monica Marier Available for $35

I think his face came out a little longer than I wanted but it’s quite possible I was holding the paper at two low and angle, which tends to stretch things out. I also got some good use out of my chisel today and used my favorite “eerie clouds” technique for the background. I developed a taste for it while reading Inu Yasha back in the day. Well that’s it for today! Hope you enjoyed it!

Inktober Day 12


…OR how I learned to stop worrying and love the fine liner pen.

Today I wanted to get to know my fine-liner more intimately so I decided to do something with a lot of textures, patterns and delicate shading. I also want to put more than 3 minutes into it like on my last couple of days. So this week is a little fancier:


Dreaming of the Lily Maid, by Monica Marier available $40

I always wanted to do a picture of Anne Shirley. The Anne of Green Gables book series is continually one of my favorites, and every few years or so I have to pull out my entire collection and read them again. For this picture I wanted to concentrate on getting the fine details down pat, like her print dress, her cabled sweater, he braids and her freckles, and all the shading that required. I’m very happy with the results. See you all tomorrow! 🙂

Inktober Day 10


And here is Day 10’s offering. It’s based on a silly story I once came up with, at a convention, I think.
This is the Magic Corgi. He’s a magical dog that flies through the air on a magic flying Cotswald sheep. On the eve of National Knit In Public Day he flies through the skies delivering high-quality yarn to all the knitters who have been good that year.


The Magic Corgi, by Monica Marier. Available for $35

So what would you like the Corgi to bring you next year?
Mine is Cascade yarn and Berroco.

Inktober Day 9


Here’s Day 9 of Inktober. And today’s ink is a character drawing of a vampire I created in college. His name is Jeremy Bates and I’ve written a few short stories about him. He’s actually just made an appearance in Skeleton Crew. He’s a bit of a wet blanket, this guy. He’s all moony, mopey, and morose. He needs funny people around him to roll their eyes at his observations and force him to laugh. He’s also sick all the time and whiter than cream cheese, so technically this is a “colour” picture of Jeremy.
I love this character and I hope to do more with him in the future.


Jeremy Bates®, by Monica Marier. Available for $35