Inktober 2016: The Old College Try!

So I tried my hand at Inktober this year, which was great and amazing, even though I maybe got through only part of the month. October was busy for me, ok?

For those who don't know, Inktober is an annual event on Instagram (and other social media platforms) started by the awesome artist Jake Parker. The premise of the event is each day to produce a drawing once a day using the medium of ink. To aid in the creative process, Parker also posted a list of one word prompts that artists could use to shape their works.

I don't do ink very much but it was something I wanted to practice with after seeing so many great artists on Instagram working in ink. Illustration in general has been something I've been wanting more practice in.

DAY 1: FAST

True to the word, I did this quite quickly. I took an idea in my head and ran with it even if it didn't have the best composition. I was still working out how to use ink as a medium, and as a result it came out pretty flat and 2-dimensional. Of course Inktober wasn't supposed to make a masterpiece each day, just to make a piece of work each day.

DAY 2: LOUD

Thinking of loud things, volcanos came to mind. Maybe because is was Tiki Day at Disneyland that day? Decided to play around with a cartoon look, so I gave a goofy face to him.

DAY 3: COLLECT

Representation of what I feel like most days, marketing on social media. 

DAY 4: HUNGRY

I was at work the whole day with no time to get to my sketchbook. I had a yellow legal pad and some ballpoint pens so I made it work. Winnie the Pooh is hungry and also yellow. Felt like making him a little more "realistic" bear-wise.

DAY 5: SAD

Brought my sketchbook with me to work the next day. I had about 15 minutes to complete this one, so once I had the concept in my head, I didn't give myself much time to think about it. And I wanted to bring more Star Wars ideas into my Inktober, since Star Wars is, in many ways, my life.

DAY 6: HIDDEN

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Pascal from Rapunzel. A chameleon. I gave him a backdrop. He's in no way hidden. I failed this prompt. Still came out nicely.

DAY 7: LOST

I really liked how this one turned out. It's one of my favorite and the most emotional part of Lilo and Stitch. This was me playing with a bit more comic book style.

DAY 8: ROCK

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saw the prompt and I knew I wanted to draw a rock man. And although, at the time, I was skeptical of the concept and thought it was a bit cliche (big monster thing making friends with tiny cute thing), I still enjoy the composition and the facial expression of the rock man. Not super happy with the bunny design, but whatcha gonna do?

DAY 9: BROKEN

And here's a concept that I liked in my head, but didn't have the patience with to make it look good. So I ended up cutting corners and simplifying things on what should be a fairly detailed scene of steampunk-y salvagers picking up old, broken robots.

DAY 10: JUMP

I had realized I didn't do a robot yet! So I did a robot. Jumping! And I like the rock man's face so much I made it into a metal one for the robot!

DAY 11: TRANSPORT

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Decided to go back to Star Wars. I like this one.

DAY 12: WORRIED

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Maybe I favorite piece, and the most intricate. Although I'm not happy with the Episode I Obi-Wan, I was really excited about the concept and I think it came out well!

DAY 14: TREE

Missed a day. Came back with some vibrant green scratch paper found at work. I started sketching a generic Ent-like tree man, and as I did, he gradually became more and more like an old man. I tried to form his pose to look like he hated all the wildlife that was hanging on him.

DAY 17: BATTLE

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Missed a few more days, but came back with a quick concept-free drawing of a battle droid. Not everything needs to be clever.

DAY 18: ESCAPE

More Star Wars! I did this in my work parking lot in 15 minutes, struggling to get the shading right.

DAY 19: FLIGHT

Around this time was when my wife and I were getting our daughter Amelia ready for Halloween (she was Amelia Earhart), so flight was on my mind. A bit clumsily drawn and proportions are off, but I like the sentiment of course. And that's our English Cocker Spaniel Pigeon sitting next to her.

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And that was the end of it. I didn't make it to all 31 days like I had planned to, but it did challenge me to try new styles. And of course, that's the whole point.

--GM

Garrett McDonaldComment