31 days of ink – completed

I have made a playlist of my InkTober 2017 drawings on my channel. I’m leaving the final video below, but you can access the full playlist here. I am so glad that I was able to complete the challenge this year and enjoyed sharing my story with everyone. Take a look and listen to the videos and let me know what you think!

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InkTober Update – learning and finishing up

InkTober is over its halfway mark and I have learned some new things not only about inking, but about my style of art and attempting a monthly drawing challenge.

First off, inking is something I am realizing I am enjoying and more than I anticipated. Knowing the kind of artist I want to be, I was pretty nervous to take this particular challenge on and to study this medium. I can recall back when I was in middle and high school always having sharpie markers on me, especially a black one. I loved drawing on my hands and arms with cool designs and would even get requests from peers to do the same. Without realizing it, those doodles were the start to my inking knowledge.

Second, doing something for 30 days comes with an unmistakable lull in the middle of it. In the beginning I was going full force, with the resolve of getting my story and illustrations out, building my following and becoming more of the artist I wanted to through scheduled practice. When I started, I knew the daily drawings weren’t going to be a difficult task because I do that anyway, but the daily uploads would be. Editing a video even without a voice over takes a while and the production and upload time take longer. Around a week ago, I felt that lull and I knew I needed to get out of it. I didn’t want to get discouraged right at the end of this drawing challenge so I stopped and reevaluate my reasoning. Why bother with this particular drawing challenge? Why not just draw and upload everyday with out any other specifications? To answer that I needed meant I had to take out the difficulties of what I was currently facing at the moment and think about what I wanted to get out of this. Soon, it was very clear why I not only wanted to, but needed to do this particular challenge. I want to be an illustrator or graphic novelist and wanted my style of art to involve ink.

Lastly, I am a story teller. I have blogged about this before and explained why I like writing and illustration. But the more I think about it, I understand why I enjoy this trait of mine. Like many other illustrators, its just way of talking without actually doing that. It’s a way for me to give my audience a glimpse into my kind of world and to hear what they felt from it. It has been a long tie coming for me to get to this point. For so many years I would take on portrait commissions, draw nature studies, draw characters with no real background or purpose, doodle with no direction, etc. and wonder why I never felt like my art was going anywhere. I then started on fan art and tried to give any image a new look instead of just copying it straight from a picture. I would add some elements of the fanart in one picture like a collage and that started to satisfy me more than doing random art. It still wasn’t exactly what I wanted though. It took some more effort and self reflecting to find that I enjoy coming up with characters and story lines. Even though I am not at the level I desire, I feel confident about the direction I am going in and the imperfections and struggles I have now with my style are just motivators to be better.

With 8 days left of InkTober, I am still determined to finish out the month with daily drawings and uploads on my Youtube channel. I also hope to find more in this journey of mine and push myself to do better from here on out.

I have included some of the newer videos I posted. I know the last ones I posted were days 3&4 drawings. So here are some after that, but not all. I have a playlist on my channel that you can watch all the drawings done for this month.

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InkTober day 3&4

Here are yesterday’s and today’s upload for InkTober 2017. They are pretty much filler drawings since I’m not following a prompt list. I didn’t want to include too many drawings of scenes or characters designs because of time. I will say that after drawing out the Octopus tattoo, I want one on my arm now!

I created a playlist on my YouTube channel specifically for Inktober 2017, so if you want to just watch them in a row (highly recommended!) then head over to my YouTube channel and check it out!


Day 3 Octopus Tattoo

Day 4 Treasure Chest

InkTober Day 2 – Searsa

I have a voice over in this video explaining who Searsa is. I am really excited about introducing the story line more.

I also didn’t use white ink like I wanted. It didn’t work as well as I thought yesterday so I am a little hesitant to try it again. But I will have to force myself soon enough because I really like the way the black and white inks look on the parchment paper.

So take a look and let me know what you think.

InkTober Day 1- Lady Aurelia

I’ve been waiting to introduce my characters to you guys for so long! I’m so excited to have you all meet them and be part of their story! I will upload the videos here also and give a little back story to them when I do. Some of my videos won’t have voice-overs and that’s for two reasons. Time and purpose. Editing takes a long time with just video and music but adding in voice makes it harder because of mistakes and background noise, etc. And not all of my drawings this month will have a significant background story. I did sketch half of this months drawings in advance, and some of the drawings are just elements that are relevant to the main characters and don’t need any explanation.

So I hope you’ll follow my posts on a here, Instagram, twitter, and YouTube to see all the inkings! And if you’re participating in InkTober, good luck and let me know how you’re doing!

One of this months ink drawings will be a digital download for my patrons on Patreon ‘Wallpaper’ reward tier. If you would like to support and get a reward, just head to my Patreon page!

InkTober anyone?

Its getting to be that time of year again for artists around the world to partake in a fun month long drawing challenge called ‘InkTober’. If you’re unfamiliar with the concept, it was started by Jake Parker as a way to improve his inking skills every day for a month. Since then, its taken off and spread all over the world connecting artists together and showcasing some very amazing work.

Last year was my first time ever hearing of it. It was last minute when I decided to participate and I didn’t make it through the month. I followed the prompts that were provided from InkTober.com but I found myself at a loss. Instead of using it as a way to improve my inking or just to commit to the challenge, I felt inadequate and out of my league. So I gave up when I shouldn’t have.

A year has past now and I have more confidence in my skills to successfully complete the challenge. I don’t know what my inking will look like but I know that I can take my time and do what needs to be done and keep pushing to move forward.

I plan on posting a video every day of InkTober, which is another challenge in itself but hey we’re all a little crazy from time to time! I encourage you to take part in something like this, it doesn’t have to be an art challenge, just find something to improve on. Challenge yourself for 30 days. See what your results are in the end. I bet you won’t regret it!

Here is the 2017 InkTober art supply haul I made!!

Disney princesses as comic book characters

So in my latest video I explain how I wanted to approach drawing out this concept. But I didnt really go into how I came up with this idea.

When I first thought of it I was watching my daughter play with her Wonder Woman doll she got for her birthday. I thought to myself that this was the same little girl that loved Frozen and now equally loves Moana. Here she sits, playing with a super hero doll pretending to battle some pretend villain and completely oblivious to the fact that I have just been sitting and watching her.

After a while I asked what she was doing, so she went into detail about what her mind had conjured up about Wonder Woman and all her little adventures. I then asked her if she still liked Disney movies and she said “Oh yes.” She paused for a moment and turned to me, “What if Wonder Women was a Disney princess?!” The thought took her away to some unknown land and I went with her.

I started thinking about super heroes as Disney princesses and how cool that would look. I imagined Storm from X-men right along side of Elsa creating storms of lightning and ice and the imagery in my head was nothing short of amazing. I went further down into the rabbit whole and started imaging Disney girls as super heroes and thus another YouTube video was created. So take a look and let me know what you think, who is your favorite and who you would like to see next.