For the past few years, I’ve tried picking away at the annual Inktober challenge. What is Inktober?
Inktober is a month long art challenge created by artist Jake Parker that is focused on improving skill and developing positive drawing habits. Every day for the month of October anyone participating in the Inktober challenge creates an ink drawing and posts it online. (Inktober.com)
My current record was 7 and this year I made it all the way to 11, where I promptly quit to begin painting them all! While I haven’t quite finished painting them I wanted to share my progress and a bit more about each piece. Here we go!
DAY ONE: ‘NYMPH’
I couldn’t decide on a single prompts like so I picked and chose from a couple different ones. Day one’s prompt ‘Nymph’ came from Camille Reck’s list. I decided to go with a leafy wood nymph because I was working on the poster for the Square Foot Show at the time and the theme was ‘foliage,’ it really stuck in my head!
DAY TWO: ‘MEDUSA’
I was inspired by the podcast Myths & Legends for this one. She is a truly misunderstood Greek mythical figure and to be honest, if I went through everything she did, I would probably turn jerks trying to kill me into stone too. I think I might have to delve into a few more bits of Greek mythology after having so much fun with this one!
Prompt from Camille Reck.
DAY THREE: ‘GHOST’
I was a bit liberal with the idea of ghost for day three. I used it to tell the story of my imaginary friend when I was a kid. This was one of my mom’s favourite stories to tell and it sounds kinda dicey but in all honesty it’s one of mine too. To keep it short, I had an ‘angel in my pocket,’ no doubt inspired by the super 80s song about exactly that. She was my best pal but one day when I was being a total brat (admittedly I could be one!), my mom spanked me (cool your jets judgers!) and SQUISHED MY ANGEL! Kids have the most adorable ideas. I hope I don’t squish my sons angel! Sounds so awful.
This prompt is from @elyrain’s prompt list.
DAY FOUR: ‘VAMPIRE’
No explanation needed but I will anyway. I first saw Bram Stoker’s Dracula in the height of my Keanu Reeve’s obsession. While I still have a soft spot for that bus rescuing, phone booth time travelling Hollywood nice guy…I can now appreciate the glory that is Gary Oldman in this film as well.
Another prompt from Camille Reck.
DAY FIVE: ‘MALEFICENT’
Maleficent, what can you say about a witch icon? As a kid I always thought she was this terrifying evil creature, but I started to see things a bit differently as I got older. Firstly, Maleficent, fashion on point. Secondly, who doesn’t invite people to parties? Jerks, that’s who. I’d be pissed too…maybe not ‘curse a baby’ pissed, but at least ‘turn into a fierce af dragon and wreak some havoc’ pissed. That said, I tried to draw her as a dragon in the background. HA! best get to practicing ‘cause it was a hot mess.
Prompt from Kelsey Buzzell’s awesome witch inspired list.
DAY SIX: ‘MIDNIGHT’
I am extra attached to this one because I sketched it really quickly in a quiet moment during my little sister’s labour. I even used a nurses pencil and some random paper she found! Can I just say, if you ever need someone to help push out a baby, I’m that girl! That was ah-mazing to experience (thanks Jessy)! Anyways, my idea here was my son Wolfe howling a welcome to the new baby Luna. So in love with this babe already! Take a peek at the full colour version below.
Prompt from Nikki aka @namcodraws on Instagram. I LOVE this person’s style and use of colour. Portrait me please!
Stay tuned for the final 5 Inktober illustrations in my next post. Next year, I’ll have to beat my current record of 11 and maybe I’ll even make my own prompt list!