Totem Animal: Tiger

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I really enjoyed creating this piece. Tigers are one of my favorite animals. I have drawn a few in the past but none in color surprisingly enough! I didn’t put that many tangles into this one or any for that matter. Tigers, I feel, are a walking Zentangle all on their own. I didn’t need to add “patterns” to the drawing because their entire coat is a pattern. I didn’t want to take away from the tigers natural design; it’s fascinating as it is.

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Tiger Symbolism

When you see a tiger, the symbolism kind of screams at you! They are beautiful, visually striking creatures. They have highly contrasted stripes which represents the light and dark. The new moon and the full moon. The balance of opposites. They also are exceptional swimmers connecting them with the energies of water as well as earth. They are both sides of the coin. They take the good with the bad because balancing the two makes them tenacious!

The tiger is very powerful and strong. They are also sensual and represent passion. When they hunt, they are silent and slow. They mainly hunt at night. You may realize the same for yourself if the tiger has presented itself to you. To attain your goals, you must hunt like the tiger. Be slow and precise. Calm yourself when you strike to ensure a higher success rate.

Tigers are devoted mothers. They care for their cubs until they are old enough to feed themselves, usually until 16 months of age. The mother teaches them everything they need to know until they are fully prepared to live on their own. Other than that, they are solitary creatures. Take care of the ones who depend on you but make sure you take some time for yourself as well. You cannot take care of others if you do not care for your well being first. Tigers are very sensual. Perhaps you should follow suit, surrounding yourself with things that excite your senses.

Have you lost your passion for life? Are you feeling down about what you are trying to achieve? Tiger will show you the way. New adventures are in your future and you will be able to find your motivation again! Stay strong like the tiger and you will be able to attain any prey that is in your sight. Strike slowly yet confidently. Fret not, a passionate life awaits you so long as you have the strength to keep traveling towards it! Listen to your senses. You already know what is good for you! Allow yourself to be open to the pleasures of life.

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Thanks for stopping by this week! I hope the tiger was able to offer you some guidance. Check back soon for the next totem I’ll be going over, one that will test your sense of smell!

Until next time,

“Remember kid, there’s heroes and there’s legends. Heroes get remembered but legends never die, follow your heart kid, and you’ll never go wrong.”

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Sources:

Animal Speak by Ted Andrews

http://www.spiritanimal.info/tiger-spirit-animal/

Ending quote from the movie, “The Sandlot”

 

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Now that Inktober is complete, I can get back on track with my totem animals. I left off with Tiger. This piece is just about finished. I haven’t touched it in a month and the funny thing is it will probably only take me another 20 minutes to complete! Once I have it finished I will share the finished piece and the wisdom that Tiger has to share with us.

Thanks for stopping by! Check back soon for more!

Until next time,

“Painting from nature is not copying the object; it is realizing one’s sensations.” ~ Paul Cézanne

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What I Learned from Inktober This Year

I have participated in Inktober for three years now. I first heard of it in 2016. Unfortunately, it was already half way through the month so I only completed 13 sketches that year. My second year, 2017, was a complete series. It was extremely difficult for me though, completing all the sketches in time. I fell behind often and had to play catch up! This year was much smoother. I was more prepared.

I wanted to write this post to share everything I have learned so far since participating in Inktober and any tips I can offer to help you with your own Inktober!

Below is a short list I quickly put together about what Inktober has helped me with. There is no order of importance, just what popped in my head first.

  • Preparation
  • Simplicity
  • Contrast
  • Commitment
  • Time management
  • Routine
  • Practice makes perfect

Preparation is an important key for making or breaking your success with Inktober. I think it is much easier if you follow the official prompts provided rather than making things up on the spot. Having the prompt list ahead of time allowed me to think about what I wanted to draw before the day came. I was jotting down ideas in September and had over half of my prompts thought out before October 1st! It makes it much easier to come up with ideas. I even decided to have all my sketches be related so I went with a “horror/monster movie theme”. It made it a lot of fun and I was able to exercise my creativity with using the prompts and my own theme together. Also, make sure you have enough supplies. I know from past years that one set of pens will not last me. They will dry out and I’ll be left with blotchy lines carving into the paper! Make sure you have enough paper too! I like using the same sketchbook for the month so I have a nice collection at the end. I work on small sizes so I can be quick with the final product.

i9Simplicity is so important when working with ink. I normally work with pencil so this can be difficult for me. I want to cover the whole area when I shade, like with pencil, but it is not necessary with ink. Repetitive and parallel lines can be effective in shading. Also, I drew a lot of people this month, which is not my strong suit. I quickly learned how messy a face can turn out if you try to keep “fixing” things. Just put in the most important lines to get your idea across and then leave it alone!

i23Commitment is right up there with preparation. You already know that this is calling for 31 sketches, if you decided to do one everyday. I knew I would have to complete my sketch around a full time job, home chores, family time, dinner and whatever else needed my attention (i.e. school events, holidays, or maybe even some “down time” would be nice!). I knew the only way I would be successful was to keep my sketches small, simple, and completed within a certain amount of time. There is also that moment, a little more than halfway through the month, when you start to get really lazy and you just don’t want to be obligated to do that sketch. Do it! If you feel that way, pick something you know is easy for you to draw and keep it simple (there’s that word again). This leads us to our next topic…

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time management. Inktober really helped me with something I have always struggled with when it comes to my artwork. It forced me to pick a regular time where I knew I could sit down and get it done. I only had one to two hours usually or else I was cutting into my sleep time and with my job, I can’t go without sleep. I didn’t have to worry everyday about when I was going to get it done because I knew at that same time everyday I would have the chance to do it. It alleviated stress and it forced me to keep my work quick and not get lost in the details (which I also do frequently). Keep it simple, sunshine. It even helped in my personal life.  I needed to ensure I would have the time to get everything done in the day. All my responsibilities had to be done by a certain time or else something would lack (even accounting for randomly staying late at work).

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Inktober allowed me to create a routine for myself. The daily repetition gave me the chance to have a system. I would sit at my desk, have a mug with the pens I knew I would need, even my pencil and ruler for my initial sketch before the ink. Everything was prepared and waiting for me. I’m not one for having a regular schedule. I get bored easily so I like to change things up. Unfortunately, this left me scatter brained, overwhelmed and constantly feeling behind. I’ve learned how much easier it is to have a little repetition in my process without letting my “day to day” become dull.

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Last but not least, the most cliché lesson of all…Practice makes perfect! Like I stated before, I drew a lot of people this year. People are a hard subject for me to work with. I forced myself out of my comfort zone on many topics and I only improved because of it. I made certain realizations I wouldn’t have otherwise that helped me improve with each sketch. I was forced to work with many areas that are difficult for me such as hands, faces, water and fire. I even tried drawing a skeleton over an already existing face. I challenged myself to the max this year and my skills improved so much more because of it!

I hope this can help you with your own Inktober experience. Just remember, it is suppose to be FUN!  If you’re not having fun, you need to change something in your approach. Now, we have to wait a whole year for the next one. I can’t wait!

Thank you to everyone who followed along through this year’s Inktober and helped encourage me to accomplish what I did! I completed all 31 sketches and ON TIME! Woohoo! Which one is your favorite? I would love to hear from ya in the comments below! I had fun connecting with others as they did their own sketches as well! Thanks for stopping by this week.

Until next time,

“There is always more to be found by exploring the same subject again and again.” -Dion Archibald

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Three Year Anniversary!

Today marks my third year with my blog! I’ve come a long way and learned so much in those past three years. I can’t believe what can happen in such a short time! Special thanks to everyone who has followed along this journey with me! I can’t wait to see what the years ahead bring!

 

Inktober 2018 – Slice

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Here is the final sketch for this year’s Inktober. It was a great month and I did not slip up or fall behind once! Super proud of myself! I hope you enjoyed the sketches as much as I enjoyed creating them! I came a long way in only a month!

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Inktober 2018 – Jolt

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My first thought for “Jolt” was Frankenstein, an obvious choice. I wasn’t in the mood to draw another Frankenstein themed sketch though. I went with my second choice instead, Jaws. I didn’t realize it until I had already started but this incorporates fire and water, two of the hardest things for me to draw. This is the perfect opportunity to practice though.

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Inktober 2018 – Double

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What could possibly go wrong when wondering down long hallways in a huge deserted hotel!? Danny…?

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Inktober 2018 – Gift

 

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My family and I even incorporate our love for horror movies in our Christmas movies! One of my favorites is Krampus. I love the teddy bear monster! So damn creepy!

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Inktober 2018 – Thunder

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A clip from “Poltergeist” of Robbie Freeling counting seconds between the lightning and the thunder, hoping the storm is moving away. Are you afraid of thunderstorms? Muahahahaha!

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Inktober 2018 – Stretch

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I’ve been trying to incorporate a double meaning into my sketches this Inktober but this one has a triple meaning! First and most obvious, Adam’s face is “stretched” out. Secondly, it’s a slight “stretch” in topic seeing how I’ve been following a horror movie theme and Beetlejuice…well, it’s not exactly a horror. A lastly, like it says in the line “We’re ghosts! Aren’t we scary?” No, Adam, no. You and Barbara are not scary. To say that you are is a bit of a “stretch”. Sorry. Though, they are new at the ghost thing so we should cut them some slack for trying! Hope you enjoy!

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