Happy Holidays from Handmade Family!

batteries_not_needed_webGoodness, it’s been a busy holiday season!

There’s been a lot going on around here as we’ve been doing shows, working at Fusion and the Foundrie, and making, making, making additions to our handmade wonderland.

We hope that you had a wonderful holiday, and are looking forward to chatting about changes around here and plans for 2015. It’s going to be an exciting year and we’ve already started putting together some great new projects for you. So be sure to tune in next week for a recap, and maybe some teasers of what’s to come!

Armored Dinosaurs

stegosaurus_abby_6_webStegosaurus is my favorite dinosaur, so my daughter Abby drew one for me. While cutting it out, I got to thinking about it’s tail. Reading about Stegosaurus, I learned that they have two rows of two spikes on their tails, but Abby’s looked more like an Anklyosaurus tail to me. Which got me thinking about familys of Dinosaurs and whether the two of them were related. Turns out that yes they are both from a larger family of armored dinosaurs. Pretty cool, huh?

Today’s research was done mostly on Wikipedia.


INKtober Week One

89125e0f409ae0f2-weblogoSo the first week of INKtober is behind us and I’m already a couple of days behind because I was out of the studio at a three day show. We’ve still got the whole month to catch up though, right? In case you haven’t heard of INKtober before, here’s the low down, and you can find more info on the INKtober Website.

INKtober was created by artist Jake Parker as a challenge to improve inking skills and develop positive drawing habits.

Anyone can do INKtober, just pick up a pen and start drawing.

INKtober rules:

1) Make a drawing in ink (you can do a pencil under-drawing if you want).

2) Post it on tumblr (or Instagram, twitter, facebook, flickr, Pinterest or just pin it on your wall.)

3) Hashtag it with #inktober

4) Repeat (you can do it daily, like me, or go the half-marathon route and post every other day, or just do the 5K and post once a week. What ever you decide, just be consistent with it. INKtober is about growing and improving and forming positive habits, so the more you’re consistent the better.)

So this year, I’m focusing on getting a little experience with a brush and ink. I’m using round #4 and #6 brushes and 50/50 mix of ProArt waterproof india ink and Liquitex INK! Transparent Burnt Sienna over my line work done with a Faber-Castell PITT pen, size S (.5mm). All the ink is waterproof in case I want to go back over it with watercolor or gouache later.

Anikanas monster for the Hobomancer game setting by Jeffrey Johnson of Handmade Family
This little beauty is a monster from the Hobomancer roleplaying setting by Hex Games.

INKtober Day two, the costume pitch drawing by Jeffrey Johnson of Handmade FamilyYou may recognize this one from last week’s Life With Girls comic. Life With Girls started life as single panel illustrated status updates. It was kind of nice to get back to it’s roots for a bit.


INKtober day three, Utah Raptor by Jeffrey Johnson of Handmade FamilyPenny Loves Dinosaurs is still going strong. Doing little drawings like this of Utah Raptor gives me a chance to think about what we’d like to talk about and how.

INKtober day three, Badger Mage by Jeffrey Johnson of Handmade FamilyMy sketch book is becoming more and more populated by these animal adventurers as I dig deeper into a larger story that I want to tell. I tinted this guy with Watercolor  Gouache.

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