Inktober 2019 #7 – Plague

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Inktober 2019 #3 – Khajiit

The Khajiit are a broad range of creatures that look like cats or cat humanoids. I drew this one to look like our kitten, Little Exmoor. He only had one eye and we called him pirate kitty. He was a sweet cat and we miss him a lot. I was really excited to be able to draw this piece in his memory.

Inktober 2019 #1 – Guar

Inktober has begun! This year, I have decided to follow a different prompt list from the official one. I am following a list created by The Elders Scrolls Online, which is a fantasy based video game. I don’t often give myself the opportunity to draw this subject even though I really enjoy it. I figured this would be a good way to scratch that itch. The first day’s prompt is a guar, a reptile-like creature.

Inktober is Drawing Near!

I am looking forward to Inktober this year. I had a lot of fun with it last year. I followed the Inktober prompts as well as my own theme. Each sketch was from a horror/monster movie. This year I am thinking about doing something similar. I enjoy sticking with a horror theme to get geared up for Halloween! I have started a list of legendary monsters that I think I will stick to this year. Although, I do have another idea that I might change to at the last minute.

The official prompt list has been released and a lot of the prompts tie in with my legendary monsters so that will make things easier. Although it is always fun to try and come up with a creative idea that relates to the prompt.

This will be my fourth year participating in Inktober. Here are a few of my favorite sketches from previous years.

It’s nice to compare my work and see how I have improved over the years and also areas where I could still improve. It’s all about getting better, right? Practice makes perfect!

If you want to check out more, here are my previous posts related to Inktober. Inktober 2016 | Inktober 2017 ~ Part 1 & Part 2 | Inktober 2018

Are you participating in Inktober this year? What are your plans or thoughts? Leave a comment below! Or share a photo of your own sketches! Thanks for stopping by!

Until next time, free spirits!

“Ink is the transcript of thought.” ~Alphonse De Lamartine

Zentangle Compilation

Here’s a little something I whipped up to share my story about the current work I’ve been doing. It is all Zentangle inspired artwork starting with my very first sketch leading to my most current ZIA. Enjoy!

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It started with just a tangle….

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I decided to practice in color….

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I enjoyed creating repeating patterns…

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…but I also enjoy drawing animals…

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So I combined the two and drew my pets…

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The drawings were flowing and natural for me to create…

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So I decided to keep doing more animals…

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I starting coloring each piece with colored pencils with a black outline….

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It started making sense to me…

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The universe already has patterns all throughout it…

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Just like in Zentangle….

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I just needed to pay attention to see the patterns….

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The world around me became like one of those “Magic Eye” posters….

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Like there was a hidden image for me to find no matter where I looked….

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I am experimenting with different techniques…

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….to portray the world how I see it….

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Everytime I finish a drawing….

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I cannot wait to start another one….

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So I will continue to create these pieces….

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….until I’ve discovered all the patterns of the universe!

 

Thanks for stopping by this week. I hope you enjoyed my compilation! Let me know what you think in the comments below! I hope you had a great first day of spring.

Until next time,

“Pay no attention to that man behind the curtain!”

Winter Plans

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The season is dying down. The snow has finally arrived and everything is now quiet. The animals have sought shelter and all the plants have wilted away. Autumn seemed short but it seems to get shorter every year. Perhaps it just feels that way because it’s my favorite season. Regardless, the winter weather has arrived and I’m contemplating what I will be doing for the next couple months.

I definitely will keep up with Zentangle, continuing to incorporate it with my totem animals. I would like to think that is now a “forever” series. It will never end. The collection will just continue to grow. With the amount of creatures on this planet, I do not think I could cover them in a single lifetime. Plus it’s the best way for me to learn each totem. At the same time, I am also learning the different tangles. Win, win!

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In researching Zentangle, I’ve discovered mandalas. At first, I thought it was just repeating patterns within a circle. Upon reading further I learned they are a symbol in Hindu and Buddhist practices that represent the universe and the unity we share with it. It is a symbol to show the never ending cycle of the universe. It seems like it goes hand in hand with meditative art. Plus I’ve been wanting to learn more about Buddhism so this is a perfect place to start. Another Win, win!

Krampus Concept

Let’s not forget, it’s almost Christmas! I keep thinking about my “Krampus” drawing I did a couple years ago. Perhaps it is time to do another one. I have also been teaching my son about Yule. Maybe I should do some drawings inspired by the winter solstice. So many ideas, so little time. I guess I better get pen to paper and just get something done!

Are you ready for winter? What’s your favorite thing to do during this time of year? Share a comment below! Thanks for stopping by this week. I hope you’re keeping warm where you are.

Until next time,

“What good is the warmth of summer, without the cold of winter to give it sweetness.”

 

 

 

 

Inktober 2017 #2

I did it! I completed the entire month, no slip ups. I have 31 sketches completed for the month of October and what a challenge it was! Some days I couldn’t start my sketch until late at night and I would end up falling asleep while sketching! I got it done though. I am very happy I succeeded this year. Something new I discovered, I did not know there is an official inktober list with word prompts you can use. Next year I will have to try it out.

This year, I did whatever inspired me at the very moment. I did go on a horror movie kick for a little bit and of course some animal sketches! A little of this… a little of that…and what do you get? My Inktober 2017 collection!

I learned a lot with this exersize and enhanced my skill furthermore in such a short time. I practiced different techniques and figured out the best way to execute them. I would definitely recommend this challenge to anyone looking to improve their drawing skills.

Thanks for stopping by this week. Which sketch did you like best? Which sketch was your least favorite? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

Until next time,

“I could be sitting on the beach thinking man, I wish I was drawing.”

Check out my previous blog post Inktober #1

Also, The Official Inktober Website by Jake Parker

Inktober 2017 #1 

I’ve been obsessed with “IT” since the new movie came out. The original was always one of my favorites so I was ecstatic when I heard they were doing a remake. It was fantastic! I bought the book and started reading it yesterday. Wow…just wow. It just keeps getting creepier! 

“You’ll float too.”

I’m excited to finally begin this year’s “Inktober” challenge of drawing a sketch-a-day in ink. For my first sketch, I decided to do a clown inspired by “IT”. 

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It also has another meaning that ties in personally. “We all have our demons” is written on the mask. It’s true. We all have it burrowing inside us. The what-if’s and worries. The do’s and dont’s. The heartaches and hauntings of our past. Sometimes it takes all our energy to keep the demons at bay. Other times, it is still not enough and they break free. We can no longer put that fake smile on and the monster comes creeping out, ready to attack. It seems like a horror novel but it is all too real. 

Keep yourself balanced and don’t let your fear feed the demons for they will only grow stronger.

Until next time,

“I’m every nightmare you’ve ever had. I am your worst dream come true! I am everything you ever were afraid of!”