Inktober 2017: Week 2

“Every October, artists all over the world take on the Inktober drawing challenge by doing one ink drawing a day the entire month.”
Jake Parker


Just did a couple this week. Hope to do better next week…
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October 9, 2017

Black Cat for Halloween (courtesy of King Features Editor Ealish Waddell). Pro White on whisker touch ups and the like. Listened to some Krzysztof Penderecki while inking (on Katherine Blodgett’s recommendation).

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October 10, 2017

Mike Ploog inspired Man-Thing. Strathmore sketch paper. Inked with a Isabey Red Sable Round Brush, size 2. Touch ups with white opaque watercolor.

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October 15, 2017

This one wasn’t drawn on October 15th, instead it’s a panel from the Sally Forth 10/15 Sunday page. For the full Sunday page, check out SallyForth.com.

I mentioned in a previous post that I’d like to “refrain from posting any sequential art from Sally Forth for Inktober.” Well, I threw that rule under the bus pretty quick.

I find a crow quill nib is best for small details like this. And for secondary characters it’s always whatever randomly pops into my head. Like the guy right in front of Ted is loosely based on actor Anthony Anderson.

I must have just watched Black-ish.
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All for this week’s inktober – hope you stay tuned for more!

-Jim Keefe

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Inking Sally Forth

Video of a sketchbook drawing I did that was a giveaway prize at Doc Schaefer’s 24-hour comics day challenge 2017.

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Inktober 2017: Week 1


“Every October, artists all over the world take on the Inktober drawing challenge by doing one ink drawing a day the entire month.”
Jake Parker


I didn’t do one every day, but here’s a few I’ve done so far…
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October 1, 2017

Using fashion shots off Pinterest for reference. Surface is Strathmore sketch paper. Inked with a Isabey Red Sable Round Brush, size 2.
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October 2, 2017

Strathmore sketch paper. Inked with a Isabey Red Sable Round Brush, size 2. Lightboxed the face as I wanted to spend my time on the inking (especially the hair). Many thanks to Olivia Johnson for letting me use her as reference!
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October 4, 2017

Howard the Duck. Strathmore sketch paper. Inked with a Isabey Red Sable Round Brush, size 2. A little Presto correction pen white out for touch-ups.
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October 6, 2017

I’m going to refrain from posting any sequential art from Sally Forth for Inktober – but here’s the drop panel for an upcoming Sally Forth Sunday page (the space on the top I left blank for the Sally Forth title lettering). It’s an establishing shot of the Forth household. The house is mostly inked with rapidographs with the trees done with a crow quill pen nib, then a brush for larger black areas.
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October 7, 2017

1930s Superman flying over a 2017 Minneapolis skyline. Strathmore sketch paper. Inked with a Isabey Red Sable Round Brush, size 2. Details on the eyes with a crow quill pen point. Rapidograph and brush for buildings.
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October 8, 2017

The Joker (1930s version). Brush and crow quill – finishes with a razor blade (naturally). To get in the mood, had the following background music…
30 Minutes of Dark Suspense Scary Creepy Horror Music
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All for now – hope you stay tuned for more!

-Jim Keefe

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Southwest Journal Interview

Here’s an interview I did recently for our neighborhood paper the Southwest Journal focusing on how I reference local locations for use in the Sally Forth strip.
On the Comics Page, Scenes from Minneapolis


For the blog post where I used Digs Studio for reference, check out:
Scouting Locations – Small Wonders Gift Shop

For Comic College check out:
Comic Book College is Moving

Other locations around Minneapolis I’ve used include…

Hillary’s school – based on Washburn High School

Augsburg College’s Campus

The Riverview Theater

Uptown – right where Magers and Quinn is located.


That’s all the locations I could think of off the top of my head. If I remember more I’ll be sure to post them.

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Inktober Sketch 10/1/2017

Using fashion shots off Pinterest for reference.
The drawing surface is Strathmore Sketch paper.
Inked with a Isabey Red Sable Round Brush, size 2.

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Drop Panel – 10/1/2017

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On the Drawing Board

Preview of a panel from an upcoming Sally Forth Sunday page.
Establishing shot of Ted’s Parent’s house.

Pen and ink (meaning dip pen, brush and rapidographs) with a little razor blade technique for the grass and Pro White opaque watercolour for the trees.


Also checked my Bernie Wrightson Cycle of the Werewolf calendar (which has the lunar calendar) so I could draw the moon in its correct phase.


For more info on the art materials I use, check out Comics – Tools of the Trade.

-Jim Keefe

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