Japanese company Copic ( コピック Kopikku ) is amongst my favorites when it comes to choosing art supplies to create the stories of Lycos Anthropos. The superior quality of their products will definitely leave an impact on your art.
To begin with, you may have noticed that the underlying color to all the werewolf stories in Lycos Anthropos is a matted black. This is almost always Copic's 110 Special Black. Two refill containers of it is pictured above. This is what the color looks like on Bee Paper (93 lb. heavyweight drawing paper):
110 Special Black is not a cumbersome, polarizing, endless pit type of black. Instead it covers your page with a gentle but complex color. After it dries I sometimes reapply a new layer depending on the mood I am trying to achieve, and also because the color's inherent contrast is minimal . Also, this color neither muddies nor overly-works the art paper.
The last important detail I should point out is that 110 Special Black is an alcohol-based medium. In up coming blogs I will introduce other pens and inks I use in creating the stories of Lycos Anthropos, and spend extra time describing the unique way they interact with Copic's 110 Special Black.
Finally it's worth reminding readers that all this is a hobby for me. I am not paid by (or even known of by) Copic.
Using a werewolf as a vehicle to talk about issues is coming to end this year, I suspect. After I finish the stories in progress I will draw one more that I have in mind, and then move onto my new book. Okay, maybe two new stories, but I'm trying to get an artist friend of mine to draw it for free, so who knows?
In the new book I want to scrutinize, criticize, and talk about California's prison system (more so than I do in 'Houses, Churches & Graveyards). It will be set in the context of the rise of a gang in prison; a Machiavelli for inmates, if you will. Stayed tune for that. I will try and unveil bits of it throughout 2016.
The last part of Houses, Churches & Graveyards ( HCG ), on which I am currently working, will examine the concept of soft religious belief. In HCG the character I use to look at this phenomenon is a Christian who, quite frankly, hasn't been very good at being a Christian. You know the type: barely ever goes to church, has never read much of the Bible, doesn't really live a life guided by Christian morals, etc. Have you ever heard anyone say they don't know if they really believe in God, but decide it's better to believe just in case God does exist?