Inktober 2020 Manifesto and Prep

Do you struggle to come up with ideas for Inktober?

Do you get scared that you might miss a day so you just don’t do it?

Or do you get a little intimidated by the social media part of it?

These are some of the reasons why I haven’t done it in the past. One mistake I was making was thinking that I had to fly by the seat of my pants and not prepare ahead of time. If you have the time and ability to bust out an ink drawing everyday without prep, that’s great. But that won’t work for me.

My Manifesto

I think manifestos are fun to play around with. I was inspired by past artists who wrote manifestos. Mine is really just a declaration of goals instead of the violent and aggressive call to action style.

Pen Practice

I don’t have any experience using the Macron ink pens so I started with a couple of practice pages. This page also serves as a good reference for the size of each pen.

And this page is practice of the different shading techniques.

Day 1 – Fish

My goal is to have a sketched out idea for each day before October. If I can’t do that, I’m going to be sure I have at least have sketches for the first ten days. Then I can add the rest as I go along.

A couple of years ago I was really into drawing Koi, so that’s the type of fish I’ll be drawing for day 1. These are some practice pages I did to get used to my new pens.

And here’s my sketch on scratch paper. I’ll probably make some changes or maybe even change my idea completely, but this sketch gives me a place to start working from.

I plan to draw the pencil sketch for the final Inktober drawing in my sketchbook the day of.

I’d also like to have a Halloween theme, but it’s not required.

Instagram

I’ll be honest. I’m not into social media. It just doesn’t interest me at all. But I know that it’s a good idea for artists to use Instagram. So, I’m gonna be brave and kickoff my Instagram account with Inktober2020. I don’t really understand hashtags and all that, but I’m sure I’ll get the hang of it.

I haven’t decided yet if I’ll post my Inktober art on my blog every single day or not. High Speed Internet isn’t available at my house, so I have it at a family member’s house and it isn’t always easy to go there everyday. I will be posting to Instagram everyday.

If you’d like to see my daily progress, just let me know in the comments and I’ll be happy to try to do that for you.

Preparing for Inktober 2020

The popular Inktober is almost here. I’ve always wanted to try but never did because I was just too overwhelmed and I felt pressured about coming up with a good drawing for each prompt. I pretty much just didn’t think I could do it.

I can do it though!

And I’m gonna be smart and prepare for it. YouTube has a ton of videos of artists giving out tips and tricks for completing the challenge successfully. So, I’m checking those out.

I’ve always wanted to get some nice pens but always stuck with my Bic pens. Bic pens are great, don’t get me wrong, but it’s always nice to have a variety. My dad got me these pens and sketchbook for my birthday, which I’ll be using for Inktober.

A Few Tips

  1. Gather your supplies – I have to be able to balance my art with everything in my life, so I’m probably going to just focus on Inktober and put my other projects on the back burner. I’ll also be sure I have my pencil, kneaded eraser, all my pens, and my sketches available so that I can just sit down and work.
  2. Get familiar with the prompt list and sketch out ideas – I’ve already written down the list on a large piece of paper and started sketching out some ideas. My goal is to have a sketch for each day before October.
  3. Relax and have fun – This is the most important tip. It’s great to be able to actually complete a challenge, but ultimately, I just want to have fun and I want to draw. I’m hoping this challenge will help me improve and create some interesting art.

Desk Project

In other news😂. . . I was wanting to buy a small and affordable desk but all I was finding were crappy made desks for way more money than they’re worth. My dad came across this old desk that’s the right size and the right price . . . free.

The paint is very old and I’m working on sanding through a few layers. It’s taking a long time because I’m not using a sander, just relying on the ol’ muskles.

That’s the top before I started sanding. I’ve finished the top, the drawers, two of the sides, and I still have two sides to go.

There’s Sunny sniffing the desk. It was stored in this old house for a very long time, so I’m sure there’s a bunch of interesting scents grabbing her attention. I’d like to sand down to the wood and stain it. I think it’ll look better with a stain instead of paint.

Next week I’ll be sure to share my Inktober Prep. progress and any goals I have for the challenge. I plan to post everyday, so if you’re planning to do the same don’t be shy . . . like, comment, and follow my blog. And hopefully we can create some cool artwork together.

Birthday Dessert Drawings

My boyfriend’s birthday was yesterday and my birthday is tomorrow so I wanted to share some dessert drawings. I love how our birthdays are close together. It makes it feel even more special.

dessert sketches

This is a sketch I did on trash printer paper. Just getting a feel for the shapes and warming up.

graphite cupcake

The main reason I chose to draw desserts is because I think cupcakes are so cute. This one is drawn using graphite pencil and sketchbook paper.

graphite macaroons

This is a drawing of an image of macarons I found on google. I’ve never tried this dessert. I’ve heard they’re not very good. I just think of Blair Waldorf from Gossip Girl, eating them in the bath tub while she pouts about her many problems.

graphite three layer cake

I initially just wanted to draw cupcakes but then I wanted to draw cakes, doughnuts, and other desserts too. They look so delicious. I wont be having any of these desserts for my b-day though. I’ll be having Pizza Pie from Pizza Hut 😂.

inktense practice desserts

These sketches are done on hot pressed watercolor paper. It was my first time using this kind of paper, and I love how it felt. It was also my first time using Inktense pencils. So, I was just playing around with mixing and determining how much pigment to use. Very little pigment goes a very long way with Inktense.

Polychromos cupcake

This cupcake was drawn on tan paper using Polychromos colored pencils. I put more effort into this drawing than the others. I used a photo of a cupcake as reference (link at the end of the post) but I made a few changes to make it my own and not outright copy the image.

I blended everywhere except the background and the surface the cupcake is sitting on. I love the way colored pencils look. Also, I accidentally used Inktense on the cake part where it’s really dark.

I’ve been wanting to draw cupcakes for a long time, and I finally did it. It was fun and maybe I’ll draw some more again soon. Any other September babies out there . . . Happy Birthday to you too!

Reference Images

Healthy Black Velvet French Macarons (To Celebrate My 25th Birthday!)

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https://kitchenfunwithmy3sons.com/layered-bloody-vampire-cake-recipe/

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https://whereismyspoon.co/my-best-base-for-fondant-cakes/

https://www.123rf.com/photo_6570035_pink-cupcake.html

B&W Shadow Photography

b&w shadow trees -1

For these Photos I was Focusing on 3 Things:

  1. Trees
  2. Black and White
  3. Shadow and Light

b&w shadow trees -5The sky in this photo is overexposed (too bright) but I was ok with that. One thing I am allowing in my photos right now is little imperfections like that.

b&w shadow trees -2

For this image, I prefer the landscape orientation, but I also really wanted to include the portrait orientation. I’ve also allowed the shadows to be underexposed (too dark) and the sky to be overexposed.

b&w shadow trees -3

This photo reminds me of a photo taken with a pinhole camera. 

b&w shadow trees -4

The roots looked interesting but the sun wasn’t casting a captivating shadow, so I included my shadow. Occasionally, I like to include the photographer in the image.

And make sure you look at these photos on the browser because they look good against my black background. 

Drawing and Painting Page

Next week I’ll share some dessert drawings.