Inktober 2016, Day 1

Illustration, inktober


First day of Inktober! And so I begin with a very low quality sketch. Seriously, not even close to my best. But I need to get back into the inking swing of things, which is why I’m doing this challenge. I’m aiming to launch a web comic, cowritten by my friend Annie, by the end of the year. So, that means lots of practice inking.

Prompt for the day was “fast,” and this was an appropriately quick sketch, probably about 15 minutes total.

I genuinely prefer drawing by hand to drawing on a tablet. I can do it (and do it decently enough), but there’s something wonderful about putting pen to paper. Usually I draw first with a mechanical pencil, and then ink by hand using a dip pen and various nubs. I’ve done two short comics this way (Aquila and Of Living Waters), but I’m trying something a bit different. I’ve gone back to my roots by using micron pens, and let’s see how things improve by the end of the month.



Some delightfully weird picture I found a few months ago.

Greetings from the dark! Otherwise known as my apartment, where the overhead lights have burnt out, and I’m waiting for Amazon to deliver the shiny-new LED ones. So, for now I’m working by candlelight (and two small desk lamps).

Today is October 1, celebrated day of 24 Hour Comics and the first day of Inktober. Where I no longer have the stamina to stay up 24 hours, I’ve decided to part take in Inktober, a month-long challenge to draw an ink picture every day.

I’ll be posting these to my Instagram, and if I can figure it out, here as well. It will likely comprise of silly fan art, some work on original characters, and maybe even a sneak preview of my upcoming web comic with the ever-talented Annie Rutherford.

Let’s get this Inktober started!