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PostSubject: Inktober 2017   Wed Sep 13, 2017 1:38 pm

Last week or so, the admin of this site texted me about how he was going to participate in Inktober, and that Vader would be doing it as well. Not knowing what Inktober was, I looked it up.

Turns out it is a challenge put forth by an artist, to drive himself to drawing one picture a day, every day, during the month of October, with the only stipulation being that they would be ink drawings (going over pencil images qualifies). There is no competition, just a self-motivation and a chance to improve yourself. There's a whole hashtag thing, and posting them online, blah blah blah.

The official website can be found by following this link. Likewise, they can also be found on Facebook... click here. Then there's twitter and so on and so forth.

Me, I figure I'll just post the pictures here. Would do it on Facebook... might post there as well, share stuff with the extended and distant friends/family... but I'll definitely be posting here; maintains a better record. So okay then, official rules (careful, there are four of them).

1. Make a drawing in ink (pencil drawing gone over with ink is acceptable)
2. Post it online
3. Hashtag it with #inktober and #inktober2017
4. Repeat every day of October

Since this is meant to better your abilities, I thought I could just get away with doing what I normally do, but where's the fun or challenge in that? So I turned to the National Day Calendar with the intentions of drawing "the day". You know, either draw something involving what that day is about, or incorporating it into the drawing. But then I saw the "Official 2017 Inktober Prompt List", and with as generic or general as the list is, there's a lot of room for different views and interpretations.




For me, when it comes to drawing, I like using felt pens, Sharpie markers, or the Papermate Liquid Expresso (but these do tend to smear though). However, I'm going to try something new: the Pentel Color Brush Sepia Pen. Just want to see if these are a good fit for me or not. For paper, I generally always used what was on hand, from copier paper to notebook to those artist sketchbooks. This time, I am going to try a higher quality, a 25% cotton paper, 24lb, wove finish. As these are used for certificates, I'm hoping that they won't have a bleed through or that the paper warps where a lot of ink is applied. Should that fail, I have access to 28lb paper.

By all means, should any other member of this forum wish to participate, feel free to share your in this thread!
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PostSubject: Re: Inktober 2017   Mon Oct 02, 2017 3:51 pm

Day One: Swift

Three hours of sleep, not straight, further fueled by large amounts of Monster, created this.



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PostSubject: Re: Inktober 2017   Mon Oct 02, 2017 4:02 pm

Day Two: Divided

I was planning on doing something political/religious in nature. Had this entire elaborate picture all figured out... a winged hermaphrodite with one confederate wing and one American flag. There were other aspects here and there, but you get the idea.

But then I started to second guess myself. And then I ran out of time. Okay, maybe not, but there's things I wanted to do when I got home today, so seeing as how I was at work, I quickly found myself pressed for time.

I did this rather quickly. Nothing special, no thought involved, no originality. But it meets the requirements, right? I did think a little bit: the line from the laser across the board is a cut mark.



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PostSubject: Re: Inktober 2017   Tue Oct 03, 2017 2:34 pm

Day Three: Poison

No Alice Cooper here, nor an 80's hair band. I was originally going to draw a television with a remote pointed at it, but after penciling the lines, I noticed it looked too much like the picture I did yesterday (as far as layout goes). Then I decided to do a church, but thought that that might be a tad overdone.

I then went on a different abstract kind of route... not abstract abstract, no cubism or twisted parallels or anything of that nature... just something that makes one wonder what the hell this is supposed to mean. I know what it means, but that doesn't mean you can't think of something different.

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PostSubject: Re: Inktober 2017   Wed Oct 04, 2017 11:55 am

Day 4: Underwater



Went with my original idea today: a woman having been tied down, sinking, as part of the witch trials. Left my comfort zone and used a brush pen for the first time; might be kind of hard to see in the image below, but in the original physical copy, there is some blending or shading. Just need to practice more. Also, it's harder to see the details in the image than the physical copy; for instance, there's a cross necklace floating by her hair.

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PostSubject: Re: Inktober 2017   Thu Oct 05, 2017 11:06 am

Day 5: Long

I had some ideas as to what I wanted to do, ranging from the simple (a single line weaving back and forth across the entire sheet of paper) to the obvious (long hair, long shadows, Slenderman). As the morning wore on, I thought about some word play... a policeman as an example (long arm of the law). I also toyed with sketching up an elderly hermit, a real Rip Van Wrinkle type. You know, for longevity, long life. But it was at that moment when I mentally saw what I did and decided to go with the wordplay aspect. Lucky for me that this was a quick and simple task, as work was busier than normal.

So, for the 'long' project, I present this.



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