Inktober and Other Stuff

I’m just sittin’ here jammin’ to Soul to Squeeze and not feeling excited about today’s #inktoberprompt . . . Outpost. I think I’ve finally settled on an idea that I’ll do later.

I’ve actually been dealing with a pretty bad injury.

Despite doing yoga since I was 15, I managed to hurt my Piriformis muscle doing Triangle Pose. I lost my balance and then I didn’t even think I was hurt that bad so I did some deadlifts and other exercises until I was in so much pain my muscles locked up. Now I’m just trying to let it heal and not get too mad for being a dum dum.

Organizing My Photos

I’ve been working for a while on the very daunting task of organizing my digital photos that go back to 2004. I always just threw them onto my computer and moved them to hard drives and never spent time getting them organized, other than by the year. (2000-2004 are on cd which is soooo annoyingly slow.)

I didn’t even know how I wanted to organize them, but now my organizational system is extremely obvious. The method that seems to work best for me is to keep every photo in my Pictures folder categorized by subject and then I’ll import them to Lightroom from there.

I discovered Lightroom in college and fell in love immediately. This site has good info on Lightroom, organizing, and other photo stuff.

I haven’t even started working on my boxes of non digital photos. I have my work cut out for me, but I make sure to put time into it weekly, and I’m making a big dent.

Inktober – Throw, Hope, Dune, and Armor

Throw – It’s supposed to be a witch or some kind of powerful person doing target practice with her energy blasts. Trying to hit those spike star things.

Hope – My bf is amazing at calling when he says he will. I’ve never dated a guy like that. So, I never actually sit around “hoping” the guy calls me. But, I do have that feeling of “hope” in my heart that my phone will ring when it’s supposed to.

Dune – I first heard The Presidents of the United States of America when Peaches was very popular. Then I heard Kitty. Then I just liked all their music. So, I drew a little blind spider in a little blue dune buggy. I was trying to not fill in blocks of color and go for a simpler pen style, which is kind of hard for me.

Armor – This Deathstalker scorpion is so scary. He’s poisonous and hides under rocks stalking his prey. I think an image of a Deathstalker vs. Centipede would make a cool drawing to try. In this one, I was inspired by the 1970’s blacklight posters. I was also just trying to practice pen techniques that I’m not so practiced with.

That’s all for now . . . I’m gonna take my gimp self and go do stuff . . .

Inktober2020 – Days 3, 5, and 7

Eight days into Inktober2020 and I haven’t missed a day. Overall, the challenge is going good. I’m developing a daily habit of drawing and I’m creating some really great sketches that I can work from.

I struggled a tiny bit coming up with a composition for Rodent. I knew what I wanted to do, but a day was just not enough time for me to make it happen. I posted my unfinished drawing on Instagram. I like the image I drew for Wisp, but I didn’t get the background bold enough. And day 4 Radio, could have been better, but I did what I could.

Day Three – Bulky

I almost skipped day 3. I couldn’t think of an idea I was happy with and I didn’t think I’d have time anyway, so I decided I just wouldn’t pressure myself to do it. Thankfully, that night I got the idea to draw a big bulky coffin and a tree squished into a locket.

I was also able to try out pen techniques that I’m not that familiar with.

Bulky Sketches

My first idea was to draw a muscular arm against a black background. I didn’t like the idea but when I typed “Bulky” into google, bulky muscles were the only images showing up.

Then I considered a scarecrow but I wasn’t coming up with anything interesting.

Day Five – Blade

I like how this one turned out. I knew I wanted to draw a skull bowl with blood dripping from a blade. I was pretty much inspired by the tv show Supernatural. This method is used to call on Lucifer or whichever evil lad or lass that needs to be called upon. (Oh hey, Supernatural airs tonight . . . YaY! The last season has been delayed due to our lil’ nuisance, covid😷😒)

I wanted to rely more on pen techniques, but I’m just not quite confident enough. I used pens and Inktense for this one.

Blade Sketches

Day Seven – Fancy

I like this one too. I used bic pens on the unicorn and crystals and Inktense on the background.

Fancy Sketches

I knew right away I wanted to try drawing a unicorn. And I love when this happens . . . the image just came together easily with no struggle. I drew one sketch trying to place the unicorn in a water pool surrounded by crystals. But I didn’t like it. Then I drew the image I ended up using.

Don’t forget to check out my new Instagram account. I’ll be sharing my Inktober drawings everyday there.

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. And I’ll also be using liquid ink and Inktense pencils. (Forgot that on my manifesto)

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.