I have survived the first seven days of #inktober2019! Don’t get me wrong, I fell behind and started behind, but I am on track now and that is all that matters. I was really surprised how hard it was to sit down, draw, and ink for long periods of time. I think I’ve grown better and trying to adhere to the official prompt list as much as possible had really challenged me. I can definitely tell when I had no idea what to do with a prompt not just because of how they (husky and build) turned out, but also the level of detail and clear effort. Don’t get me wrong, my sketchbook would say that I had tons of ideas, but I was clearly not convinced of any of them.
Couple of things I have noticed is that I seem to have a better sense of what I really need to work on (backgrounds, perspective, anatomy, etc.) and have been using them to partially guide my work.
My style has settled somewhere in between American comic books and manga somehow. I’m not upset about it, just surprised since I never read comic books. So far the main things I’m getting from #inktober is to challenge myself with my line art and that there really is an art to the application of the line.
Back when I was working on S+P regularly (which will resume eventually), I sort of applied the lines and tried to do all the weight and shifts with color. My skills weren’t up to par to do that then. They probably have improved since then, but overall I really needed more practice. I’m a bit of a perfectionist when it comes to anything I create. I want it to be good, and I don’t want to look back and say “I could have done better” and then never do better. It’s maddening and keeps me from finishing a lot of stuff, but I am getting better at it!
I’ve been trekking along with my handy-dandy Sakura Microns and other random pens I happen to own (Pilot G-2s, a Sharpie pen, and common pen objects), so perhaps next year I’ll try and do it with some next-level supplies. We’ll see, but as I’ve gotten through seven days with normal pens, I don’t really see the need for it. I’m looking forward to the next week and feeling a little hopeful that I’ll look back and really see an improvement.
So far, I think I seem to do better with the drawing process, overall, when I have a concrete idea and a story behind the image. One through four are examples of that, and I know those four took me the longest to complete.
For those interested, my current plan is to get through #inktober2019, maybe tackle Nanowrimo (schedule and finances permitting) and embark on a new adventure in part inspired by Magical Boy Basil or one of the other projects I have been working on. It really depends on whether or not, I can get a solid first and second season planned and drafted. A dear friend of mine has put forth a vote for one of the stories already and since I am at a loss of what to do, I’m inclined to go with her suggestion.
If you haven’t checked out Magical Boy Basil and you’re looking for something cute and as inclusive as hell to read, I totally recommend it! Jill and Rebeckah are doing great work, and I wish I could support them more.
Well, until next time, happy creating and don’t be strangers!