INKtober – days 11-15

having survived the first 10 days, i found myself at this point getting more and more complex.  originally, i was aiming for short 15-30 minutes ink sketches.  these were now turning into a full hour to do!

below are the pieces from Day 11 through 15.  on Day 13, i was determined to do a close-up face shot, to further practice my shading skills.  with this piece, i also learned a bit about negative space, or white space, and the power of it.  not everything deserves a line.  sometimes, having it blank says more.  further, i think i’ve been working on my right side of the brain to truly capture what is seen, and not draw what i know should be there.  so, for Day 13, i really wanted to capture the shine from his black rim glasses.

on Day 14, i decided i would shift over to females for awhile.  this would prove to be actually more challenging.  how do i capture enough facial details without making them look old!  i’ve read how every single additional line you draw on a female’s face is like adding 10 years to her age!  so, with Day 14 and Gweneth Paltrow, i found a piece that i can focus on her neck and shoulders!

finally, on Day 15, i tackled Katy Perry and her shiny hair.  using Copic markers, the goal with this piece was to get that shine in her hair, again using white space.


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INKtober – days 6-10

as you can probably tell by now, i’ve been drawing from Esquire magazine for my subjects.  at first, i just wanted a good fashionable piece to draw from, but then i decided, why not make the entire month of Inktober with some style!

as the days went on, i realized i was working on my ability to shade in ink by varying the thickness, the space between, and the direction of the ink lines.  as you can notice with Day 6, i think it worked particularly well by drawing the lines i the direction the skin contours to.  another takeaway for me was – don’t be afraid to add more detail.  for me, sometimes i get into this mindset that what i’ve drawn is good and i don’t want to ruin it with a line (ink, nonetheless!) that may ruin it.  well, in keeping with the spirit of Inktober and the whole premise of finncomics, i need to experiment!

below are Days 6 through 10.  enjoy.

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INKtober – days 1-5

i first started hearing about Inktober a few years ago from the awesome Skottie Young, when i bought one of his digital books, The Adventures of Bernard the World Destroyer, that contained 31 inked pieces of art that combined to tell a short story.  apparently, Inktober was started by a guy named Jake Parker, an illustrator and comic book artist who has worked for lots of major companies and movies, such as Horton Hears a Who, Rio, and Epic.  the rules are pretty simple – for the entire month of October, produce some drawings at a regular and consistent pace (i.e. everyday, every other day, every 5th day, etc.).  that’s it.

so, this year, my annual art jamm week coincided with October 1st.  thus, i decided to participate.  below, are my Inktober pieces for days 1 to 5.  enjoy, and come back to see how the rest of the month goes!

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