Hi readers! Happy Winter! I'm just now enjoying park-going weather after the Las Vegas summer. 115 degree days seem much more limiting than the cold weather here so I guess my seasons are backwards. I've been acting like a complete social media hermit after Inktober but I finally decided to post an update.
In November I worked on gesture drawing to do something less stressful than trying to make a post-worthy drawing everyday for Inktober. During the process I got the idea to do some Nutcracker and Christmas parade themed illustrations for December. I thought it would be fun to draw the Sugar Plum Fairy and the Rat King.
I also finished a sketchbook that I've been working on off and on over the past year where I was just practicing drawing children and trying to figure out how to make them look cute and not creepy. I flipped through the pages and thought there were a few I could turn into simple vignette or spot illustrations.
Lastly here's some pictures of the Dum Dums. They want you to know that they've had really horrific gas lately.
Now that Inktober is over I thought I would write out some thoughts on what I learned and what I want to do differently next year. I noticed some of my drawings starting to look stiff so I want to try and improve the gestures. Some more daily gesture drawing should help this. Also some of the people and animals that I drew I thought looked generic so I want to continue to work on character design and style. Next year I also want to try and stick to one theme or subject matter so that I have a definite set of drawings when it's over. In the meantime I have some ideas for personal monthly challenges to improve my art.
Below are some of my favorites from this year's Inktober.
I've been wanting to figure out how to do something in color quickly so I can post to social media more regularly and have something more than pencil sketches to show. I think this Daenerys piece is on the right track. Expect more Game of Thrones characters and maybe some Vikings fanart just for fun.
In other news Inktober is almost halfway through. This second week has been tough! I had to scrap a couple of my pieces because I just wasn't happy with them. Here are a couple of the ones that I did like. I'm posting my Inktober art on Instagram, Twitter, and Pinterest.
I found some scans of sketches and comps on my Dropbox from this summer. I completely forgot about some of them! For some reason I always feel like I have to make a new drawing when I start trying to paint something, but some of these still seem like they could be interesting pieces.