Weekend plans

He just doesn't die

He just doesn't die

No plans as of yet, but I’ve still got two days to get that sorted. Can’t believe it’s nearly Christmas too! It’s such a shame that I find creepy things so much more enjoyable to draw; it looks like I’ll never get that job at Hallmark

Couldn’t decide which overall composition I preferred either, so help me out and let me know which you think turned out better.

Magic Brain Smoke

Melting Brain

In electronics, there’s an unspoken rule that microchips actually work on magic smoke, but once you can see or smell that magic smoke coming out of the chip, that chip is never coming back. 2016 is making my smoke come dangerously close to leaking. It’s probably not as bad as I think it is, but there’s just so many things I need to think about and I just don’t want to think about any of it.

Don’t fret though, I know my brain patterns and they’re cyclic. Give me a few months and I’ll be right as rain again.

Get Riggity Riggity Wrecked Son!

Rick and Morty

Rick and Morty

Just finished season 2 of Rick and Morty and I’ve got to say, it’s a great show, just make sure you don’t watch it around young children or people that you don’t want to judge you. Alternatively, watch it around these people and don’t give a damn; it’s your life, don’t let others control you.

Did a big clean of my room today and tossed a lot of things out; it’s funny how physical objects so easily spark previously forgotten memories. I’m feeling pretty ready to move out though, just need to get my potential housemates to bite the bullet and agree to a goal moving out date.

A very Specific Squad

Very Specific Squad

Back: Magnazone Front: Tropius, Armaldo, Swampert, Sandslash, Swallot

As the onslaught of university continues, here is a another commission I finished in the recent past. While the first generation of Pokemon will continue to be my favourite, it was pretty fun to be able to draw characters from a couple of the newer games too. 

There’s a time to Sneak and a Time to Attack

Cat

I promise that Sketch Weekly will be returning soon! Sadly uni (and just life in general) has been getting in the way of a lot of drawing time, but in a little over a month I will be finished for the semester (I am not ready for this, please send help). In the mean time, enjoy some commissions and other quick doodles I’ve completed semi recently instead.

Future me’s problem

Mightier than the Sword

Mightier than the Sword

Touched up an older piece I did ages ago because it turns out I have terrible time management abilities. I have a con I’m attending next week and I don’t even have my business cards finalised for the printers, ugh…

Are you like me and just leave problems to your future self to sort out? Dammit past Sam, why you do this?!

Art Comp WIP

Light vs Dark

I thought my regular hand writing was bad, then I tried writing free hand using a mouse…

Some exciting news, in a little less than a month I will by manning my own table at a convention for the first time! Woo, very exciting times to be had. This far out and I’m already nervous for it, even though it’s just a local convention in a relatively small town, but still!

In any case, they are also running an art contest on the theme of “Light vs Dark”, so I thought I’d have a crack at entering. I’ve decided on something a bit more suspense-thriller, rather than general good vs bad. Here’s a pretty basic wip so far, so just working on the inks now and I will post an update on Thursday. Catch you all then!

Problem with People: Guns make it easy

Bigger Picture

I’m lucky enough to have grown up in Australia and have only ever known strict gun laws. I couldn’t be more glad that my country has taken this stance on firearms: I don’t live in fear when attending university classes, watching movies, or going out to clubs. Sadly, it is a reality that I often overlook, that not all countries have this luxury.

The saying “guns don’t kill people; people kill people” is technically true, but guns make it a lot easier to kill a greater number of people with far less effort. The only purpose of a gun is to destroy a target. Why should any civilian feel the need to own such a device? Especially civilians in developed countries! Sure, knives, axes, hell even baseball bats can kill, but that isn’t the main function of these tools.

It would be naive to say that simply making guns harder to obtain would stop all gun deaths, however, it is a start. As well as stricter rules on obtaining the weapons in the first place, the human aspect needs to be taken into account. Increased aid to the mentally unstable, identifying those who are at risk of becoming violent extremists (for all religions and political factions) and preventing the slippery slope these people go down that consistently ends in tragedy, are all steps that can be taken to curb murder caused by guns.

My heart goes out to all who have recently died at the hand of a firearm, whether it be through senseless murder, war, or suicide.

The locker room

Davy

Quick little sketch tonight because I just felt like drawing something out of the ordinary.I wouldn’t mind doing a small collection of these on pieces of card slightly bigger than playing card size. What do you think?

Never fear though, normal “Sketch weekly” will return tomorrow!

Run Them Fast

Lowrider

A wise man once said: “We all dead, fuck it”

I’ve been a long fan of American Hip Hop and have been binging hard on Run the Jewels and DJ Shadow the last couple of days. The tracks have so much depth and variation; I can’t help but wind my windows and blast it as I drive.

If you’re new to hip hop and are wanting to get a taster of this brilliant genre, I also recommend checking out these artists:

  • Chance the Rapper
  • Childish Gambino
  • Joey Bada$$
  • Ghostface Killah
  • Wu-Tang Clan (how could I not mention them)

Sketch Weekly #40: Focalisation

Focalisation

Focalisation – n. the act of bringing into focus

Focalisation – n
The act of bringing into focus

Some people just want to see the world burn; others want to be responsible for it.

And with that, I have another semester of uni finished too! So now, I’m officially over halfway to being an actual engineer. Just about to wrap up 8 months of work placement too, which is crazy. It feels like just the other day it was Christmas!

How’s everyone else going now that we’re halfway through the year; anyone kept to their new year resolutions?

 

Blogiversary = Blog + Anniversary

One Year

Where did that time go?!

Hey all; new and old!

Can you believe it, Mechanicalpen has been up and running for a full year?! I barely can. It feels like just the other day I finally bit the bullet and started blogging. Over the past 12 months, my blog format has changed a little bit (I used to review games if you scroll back far enough, that does feel like a while ago), but art has always been this blog’s underlying feature.

Another constant through the course of this year has been my appreciation for all of you. I can’t thank you all enough for your comments, likes and even the time you take to just stop past and have a look at my work. I’ve shouted into the void and you have been there to respond (and make me feel less crazy for talking to myself).

If you can remember when you first discovered my blog or if you have a favourite post of mine in particular, you should totally let me know in the comments as I’d love to hear!

And for those who are stat inclined, this is a snap shot of the year I’ve had:

  • 93 published blog posts
  • 4588 views
  • 2008 visitors
  • 399 followers (so close to 400!)
  • Top 3 countries for views: United States, Australia, United Kingdom

Here’s to another year filled with drawings!

Sketch Weekly #32: Make known

Make known

Make known – v. To reveal; to disclose; as, the congressman made known his interest in the company only after he voted on the bill.

Make known – v.
To reveal; to disclose; as, the congressman made known his interest in the company only after he voted on the bill.

Why does a “word” comprised of two other words have a single dictionary entry? I don’t know. I don’t make the rules, I just draw the pictures.

Sketch Weekly #31: Vociferator

Vociferator

Vociferator – n. Someone who expresses in language; someone who talks (especially someone who delivers a public speech or someone especially garrulous)

Vociferator – n.

Someone who expresses in language; someone who talks (especially someone who delivers a public speech or someone especially garrulous)

If you want to see the preliminary pencils, be sure to check out my Instagram where I post a lot of behind the scenes stuff!
https://www.instagram.com/sammulhern/

Sketch Weekly #27: Flatfoot

Flatfoot

Flatfoot – n. (Law) a slang word (usually derogatory) for a policeman

Flatfoot – n

(Law) a slang word (usually derogatory) for a policeman

Back to randomly generated Sketch Weekly-s for the new year. Can’t say I’m particularly happy with this one or the scratchier style in genearl, so perhaps back to clean lines for next week.

Did you lock the door? Are you certain? Inktober Day 7!

A week in, can you believe it?! Today’s prompt was “Haunted House”

Not sure how I really feel about this one. I think it’s one of those things that look better from a distance, rather than up close. Then again, I may have just been staring at it for too long and have become acutely critical of my own work! Who knows?!

Haunted House

Drawlloween/Inktober day 6

The King of the Pumpkin Patch! Inktober Day 6

Okay, back to some heavier inking again! Today’s prompt was: Pumpkin.

Nightmare Before Christmas has to be one of my favourite movies period, animated or not, so Jack Skellington was an obvious choice. Heck, I even wrote a senior english assignment on the opening scene of the film.

Also, if you are interested in getting your spooky skeleton fingers on a physical print of any of my Inktober art, I’ve set up a Society6 store filled with higher res versions of all of them in varying sizes!

>>Check it out here<<, I’ve been told if you go through this link before Oct 11th you’ll get free worldwide shipping!

Pumpkin

Drawlloween/Inktober day 6

Sketch Weekly #22: Syzygy

Syzygy

Syzygy – n
Astronomy. an alignment of three celestial objects, as the sun, the earth, and either the moon or a planet.

Syzygy – n.

Astronomy. an alignment of three celestial objects, as the sun, the earth, and either the moon or a planet:
Syzygy in the sun-earth-moon system occurs at the time of full moon and new moon.

And that sketch rounds off the end of another complete sketchbook! I wish that now gave me a reason to go art supply shopping again, but I have so many books saved up from previous splurges that I really shouldn’t…

Brand New Mini-Comic Coming Out Tomorrow!

My town had a regional comic convention last weekend, and after speaking to a number of the exceptionally talented indie artists there, I decided it was time to kick my butt into gear and get some comics out there.

So, instead of my regular “Sketch Weekly” this week, here is a dump of a whole bunch of practice work I have been doing in preparation for my final minicomic/zine.

With everything going to plan, I should hopefully have the final piece inked by tomorrow (after doing the pencils all tonight)! In the mean time, here are the thumbnails for the comic, so be warned, spoilers below!

Excuse the piece of hair that's been scanned in. Should wear a hair net next time...

Excuse the piece of hair that’s been scanned in. Should wear a hair net next time…

Sketch Weekly #18: Interplace

Interplace

Interplace – v.
To place between or among: insert

Interplace – v.
To place between or among :  insert

Actually didn’t have to rush to finish this one before my scheduled post time! (Well technically “Sketch Weekly”s go up Thursday, but eh). Also just realised I’ve been doing this for 18 weeks, doesn’t feel like it’s been that long.

Thanks for your regular stopping by, see you next week!

A Wild Graphic Novel Appeared!

Whilst on my uni break, I thought I would turn that procrastinating time into something a little more productive (however I have been watching an unreasonable amount of cartoons too).

This productivity has taken the form of plotting out a graphic novel on the most riveting action/romance/coming of age story ever imagined all based around: bird migration!

Title

Slight re-work has taken place since this sketch, and it is now being called “Southward”.

Better pick up your socks, I know! But in all seriousness, I have been thoroughly researching bird migration and the struggles the Eurasian Dotterel faces year after year as it migrates from its Summer mating locations to winter nesting grounds, and thought it would translate nicely into a visual form.

Whilst I finish out the plot a bit more, have a look at some of my practice sketches. A few look ended up looking like malformed dinosaurs, but that’s why I’m practicing.

I hope to keep you regularly updated with my process through this venture.

Sketch Weekly #12: Quat

Quat – n.

A pustule

Was a bit on the fence with this one, as I wasn’t too sure how I wanted to interpret the word and if my ability to present my thinking would work out. So have two takes on the word this week: one politically motivated and one on the reflection of vanity.

(All characters appearing in this work are fictitious. Any resemblance to the current Australian prime minister is purely coincidental)

Sketch Weekly #11: Bullfight

Bullfight

Bullfight – n.
A traditional Spanish, Portuguese, or Latin American spectacle in which a bull is fought by a matador, assisted by banderilleros and picadors, in a prescribed way in an arena and is usually killed.

Bullfight – n.
A traditional Spanish, Portuguese, or Latin American spectacle in which a bull is fought by a matador, assisted by banderilleros and picadors, in a prescribed way in an arena and is usually killed.

Fragility of life

Bubbles

Uni has been pretty hectic again this week. Exam block starts next Monday so I’m fairly sure the lecturers conspired against us and made all the assignments due within three days of each other this week.

What is sleep?

So in the mean time while I write another article, have some nice bubbles. Have been considering using this as my new header, let me know which you prefer?

The Easiest Way to Bind a Beautiful Sketchbook

Hardbound sketchbook

So if there is one thing I love more than sketching, it’s stationary. However, the biggest problem I recently faced was that none of the sketchbooks I owned could handle alcohol based markers.

For the new year, I’d recently bound my own diary from fully recycled materials, so using this knowledge, I figured I’d create my own sketchbook using paper I knew could handle ink heavy markers.

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