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.
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.
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!