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Inktober Postmortem

I took part in Inktober this year, a challenge created by artist Jay Parker. The premise is simple: 31 ink illustrations in 31 days, with an optional prompt list to provide some inspiration. The goal is to improve your inking skills.

I don’t know how much better I am at inking, but I did see subtle improvements in my art as the month wore on, gained a new appreciation for thumbnail sketches, and overall, had a lot of fun with the exercise.

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Becoming Deviant

I’ve blown the dust off my old DeviantArt account. If you want to follow my drawing and painting, that will be the best place to do it. I’ll still share some paintings and drawings on this blog, but I plan to upload most of my new output on DeviantArt. It’s funny to think that One Last Sketch was finally living up to its title again, but I think it’s more appropriate to keep the literary focus going here.

I’ve actually lived up to my vow from nearly a year ago to draw something every day, and it’s resulted some concrete, demonstrable improvement. That’s hugely rewarding, and I’m going to keep at it for the foreseeable future.

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Example: The drawing on the left is from October 2016, the painting on the right, March 2017. I’ve been doing a few repaints of work from a few months ago, in part to get a sense of “where I’m at” with this whole art thing.

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A Street at Nightfall

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A quick perspective exercise in ink and watercolour using MyPaint 1.0.

If you’re tired of my bumbling attempts at digital painting, I recommend taking a look at Carciphona, a webcomic with some gorgeous artwork. It’s one of those stories the creator seems to have had in mind since she was a teenager and has refined over years and years; her passion for that story and characters really shines through.

I’ve had a lazy winter so far. Drawing and painting a lot more than I used to, only writing occasionally (and then finding the things I do write overly depressing and fit for the trunk), and back to reading Murakami again. Maybe I’ll post a review of Norwegian Wood when I’m done.

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Screaming for Vengeance

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In retrospect, this one was inevitable. Created with MyPaint 1.0.

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Random Ink

It appears I’m doing Inktober in January. The pen tools in MyPaint are really fun to use!

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Approaching Destiny

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One way to begin the year. Very quickly created with MyPaint.

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Radiator Blues

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Not a very comfortable position to relax in—she’ll feel that in the morning.

Drawn with FireAlpaca.

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