Inktober 2023 - The Final Push

It's the final push! And we got it done. I loved doing this challenge and I love that it got me to do some artwork. The artwork other people have been creating is so inspiring as well, it's been a really fun time on Instagram. Everyday there's cool artwork to see and people's imaginations are incredible.

The final push was for 3 words - Massive, Rush, and Fire. Rush was a lot of fun and was also quite challenging. Fire had it's own challenges - multiple light sources kept tripping me up, but I'm happy with the end result. I'd love to do more drawings of these little fire spirit guys.

And finally, the sketches and thumbnails for these drawings.

Thanks for checking out my Inktober art! I look forward to the next challenge.

Inktober 2023 - Week 4

Almost there! Another seven days, another seven drawings, and another couple of close calls with deadlines trying to squeeze in the drawing. So far so good though.

This week I did the words Scratchy, Celestial, Shallow, Dangerous, Remove, Beast, and Sparkle. There's a couple real stand out ones in this set that I'm proud of. It really goes to show that the more you draw the better you get - at the very least it is motivating me! Here we go.

And here are the thumbnails and sketches I did for these.

Inktober 2023 - Week 3

 Another week into this challenge, and a little more than a week left to go! I'm definitely feeling some fatigue, but I'm also so happy with the art I'm making and the fact I'm making it at all.

This week we had the words Dagger, Angel, Demon, Saddle, Plump, Frost, and Chains. I feel like I'm getting a little ambitious with some of these, but it's been worth it. It just means they take a little more time.

Here's some of the sketches and thumbnails for these drawings.

Inktober 2023 - Week 2

 Still having lots of fun doing Inktober, but I see why it's a challenge. Finding the time is challenging, and sometimes coming up with an idea you like is challenging. Day after day you have to do it all over again. It's great! Despite a bit of fatigue, and a busy schedule, I really do enjoy making art and using inks. After all the hard work I have a bunch more drawings that would never have existed had I not been doing the challenge. Onwards!

This week I did Toad, Bounce, Fortune, Wander, Spicey, Rise, and Castle. Here they are! I really love how these turned out. :)

Once again, here's my sketches and thumbnails for the above. Sometimes I go through many attempts and ideas and other times I find something I like pretty quick. Other times, I almost have no time, so I just go with one of the first ideas - not best practice, but sometimes to meet that deadline you just got to do that.

Inktober 2023 - Week 1

I'm finally doing it! I've watched Inktober come and go year after year and always thought, "gee, wouldn't it be great to partake in the challenge?" Life is busy, as many an adult knows, especially the parents, but I've decided it's finally the year to give it a shot. So far, so good. Some days are tougher than others to find the time, but putting my paper and pens in a high traffic area means I stop to do it sooner or later.

To make things a little easier I've limited the size of my Inktober drawings to the size of an index card - in fact, that's what I'm drawing on. Just using the back of a regular old index card. I've had a stack of them sitting in my desk for years - always with the intent that I could make little drawings on them. Inktober is the perfect time to do it. So have a gander and look forward to the next week - I'll do my best to keep up with the challenge.

And here's some of the thumbnails and sketches I did for each piece. One thing I feel I keep having a hard time figuring out is how to make a horizon not feel... empty. If you know what I mean? Like, I draw a horizon line, and then have to figure out how to make it more interesting than just a line, and also not have a million tiny details as more and more tiny objects stretch back to the horizon line. Anyone else ever feel that?