I am so stinking excited for FALL!!!! And it’s here, finally, after several close calls up in the PNW, I feel safe in saying that the summer heat has at last given way to a crisp, clean, cool fall air. I love it: the colors in the trees, the rain, the harvest food, the festivities, and the art.
October, of course here in the Inky Space, is known as Inktober. This is particularly exciting for me because this is when I check in on my practice progress each year (or, it will be, starting with this year, since this is the 2nd year I’m actually working on being a professional artist).
Octopus from Inktober 2017
Chicken from Inktober 2018
I’m overall very pleased with the progress I can see in my own artwork. In my attitude about my work, I’ve seen change in my willingness to share work publicly, stick with project prompts, making time to complete projects, and bring my practice to a more professional level.
While my Inktober 2018 pieces are still very much sketches/ drafts, they are much further along the way to finished pieces than I normally devote myself to. That is my main goal this year: to create finished (or close to finished) pieces as much as possible.
All of my Inktober illustrations are lined with Pentel Ink Brush Pens and colored with Arteza Real Brush Paint Pens, and some fancy random ink like black light glow ink and opalescent inks. I’ve been working up pencil under drawings a few days in advance, so I can get through inking quickly. I think the next step toward finishing pieces ready for print or sale, would be to digitize or clean up edges, although I certainly wouldn’t mind selling original paintings in frames.
I’ll certainly have more to say on the Inktober process over the next couple of weeks… stay tuned!