Literature Ink

March 5, 2024

Latest Post The Hound of the Baskervilles by Owen Soule

As promised in my Figuary 2024 recap, I'm moving onto something more inky and decidedly less nude. Such is the realm of literature, an area into which I put considerable effort over the past twelve plus months. No, I didn't write any literature, I'm still struggling to finish a 20 page comic script, rather I set a goal of reading as many classic works of fiction as I could muster.

So far I've managed to tear through:

There are probably a few others I'm forgetting, but needless to say I've had an unhealthy dose of distopia and nineteenth century adventure!

At some point during all this reading, I concocted the notion of creating a drawing from each of these works. I intended to do a whole Inktober 2023 series on characters from literature, but that idea fell flat due to lack of motivation. In the end, I am left with a handful of ink illustrations, the pencils of which you may have seen in my 2023 Sketchbook Recap? Regardless, let's get to the inked drawings already...

Long John Silver from Robert Louis Stevenson's Treasure Island
Jim and Huck from Mark Twain's Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
Ahab holding up a doubloon, the reward for spotting the white whale, from Herman Melville's Moby Dick
Jabberwocky tea time with the Mad Hatter, my take on Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
A medley of Edgar Allan Poe stories, including Poe himself, The Masque of the Red Death, The Black Cat, The Raven, The Cask of Amontillado, and Lenore (in book form)

And for some odd reason I kept wanting to see The Masque of the Red Death actually red, so I decided to digitally color the Poe Medley:

Poe in various gray, sepia and red tones!

All this inking gave me a brilliant idea, more inking! And why draw when I can continue to pull from my 2023 sketchbook? Luckily, I have a Sherlock Holmes sketch ready to break out into its own blog post. It definitely deserves one, not based on quality, but solely to commemorate my completion of all the Sherlock Holmes tales. That's 1,800+ pages of Victorian era mysteries :-O

Get your magnifying glasses ready, and be prepared to analyze curious and singular clues, the game will be afoot in my next blog entry!

Owen Soule

Published March 5, 2024