The time has come again! Our social media timelines begin to fill with artwork from illustrators we admire, and some of us fight the urge to compare our efforts to those of others. Years past I have attempted #inktober and had some success. Last year, 2018 I actually got half way through. I’m quite pleased with that. But this year I decided to try something different.
One of the illustration accounts I follow is a pair of Brazilian digital artists and game designers. They came up with the idea of #OC-tober, and I really dig it. I like a little structure around what I do artisically, and while #inktober is great I struggled as I tried to find myself in some of it, and art for art sake isn’t my strong suite. So I was drawn to this idea of taking a character and developing them visually over thirty-one days. I also like this because it’s pushing me to work on my graphic novel idea.
This is the main character in the story, she is Vivian Poe. There are two versions because one is how she is introduced and the second is more like how she looks during her adventure. Naturally these are subject to change as this progresses, but gotta start somewhere.
You’ll notice a sudden shift in quality as these go forward. I realized that the goal I wanted to accomplish was “completing” the challenge as in producing thirty-one drawings of mer-folk. To that end I have decided to worry less about the “quality” of the drawings over all. As in get them done first, get the speed up, and then if you like one go back and make it “gud”.
So we begin! Kicking it off with a little lettering and today’s awesome #Sketch_Dailies topic of Dredd.
This Dredd is inspired by Karl Urban’s fantastic job portraying the best judge in Mega City 1. While the movie isn’t for everyone, it does what it does really well. Plus I’d love to see a sequel. I have little hope of such a thing … but I’d love to see it.
Also you can tell where I wandered off of my guide lines for the lettering. But still I’m quite pleased with this.
I’ve known about #inktober for a couple of years. Several of the artists I follow participate regularly. Well, I’m gonna do it this year.
Now for those who don’t know #inktober is an artistic challenge – full details here: http://mrjakeparker.com/inktober – the basics are to do a drawing in ink and post it every day. This year I saw the idea to do the “half marathon” which is a picture every other day, which is what I plan to do.
I want to keep consistent on this so I’m gonna lay out a few more parts of this goal so those of you who feel so inclined can hold me to these plans.
1. Post every odd numbered day starting on the 1st
2. Post what I have, works in progress are fine. I’m trying to work on my perfectionist tendency, as in getting it to ease up.
3. Enjoy drawing in ink
I’m planning on spreading these images across my various blogs and social media. Specifically they will here and will spread to my other presences from there.
Logo in progress for an upcoming project! Exciting! Stay tuned for more as I finish it.
I should have taken a pict of it sooner but I forgot, so you’re seeing the results of blue pencil, reg pencil, and Micron pen.