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It’s 2020! Happy New Year!

Welcome to 2020! I hope the new year finds you well!

What’s New? 

Last time I posted Inktober was approaching and so was my carpal tunnel release surgery. I sat down a bagillion times to write an update, but… ok, no excuses. I just didn’t do it. But it’s a new year and the perfect time to start afresh! 

First, what happened with Inktober and Drawlloween? Let’s start with the bad news. I didn’t finish Drawlloween. I got the first week done and then fizzled out before surgery. For some reason it just wasn’t flowing this year. There were a couple of decent drawings in there, but a few bad ones killed the momentum. I thought I might finish it up once my hand felt better after surgery, but recovery took a lot longer than I expected. You can find the stuff I did get done here. 

Now on to the good news! I finished Inktober! Aaaaaand I did the whole thing left-handed! The drawings aren’t detailed and they are mostly terrible, but it was a fun exercise in just getting some stuff on paper. Even better, I did some additional left-handed drawings – most of which were Pokemon. Not to toot my own horn, but they came out pretty good! Head on over to my sketchbook page to see all the things!

What’s Next?

Streams! Lots and lots of streams! I started back in August on Mixer and have been semi-consistently broadcasting jewelry, drawing, and digital art. Now that I’ve been at it for a little bit, I have a basic schedule sorted out. I plan to be on Monday and Thursday evenings and Saturday mornings, with any additional days being fun, fun extra days! 

There’s going to be lots of digital art, too! Clip Studio Paint is my go-to software for digital painting. If you can deal with me being kinda slow (at digital painting), you’ll be able to check out all of my progress and finished work on Insta and Twitter

There will still be traditional art and jewelry and Chewy and Pokey AAAAND we have two new additions to the household – Shawn and Timmy the parakeets! I’m super excited for 2020! How about you? 

Thanks for reading! See you next time!

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Inktober is Almost Here!

The lists are out!! That’s right kids, Inktober (and Drawlloween) are less than a week away! Last year I combined the *official* Inktober list with Mab Grave’s Drawlloween list to make a double-whammy drawing each day. Some combos worked out better than others (and you can pretty much tell which days were “catch up” days), but all in all I was looking forward to doing it again this year. 

Was. 

The thing is, I was diagnosed with Carpal Tunnel Syndrome years ago. I had some handy dandy steroid injections and things were good for a few years – until those pesky symptoms started coming back. The past six months have been *really* bad and the pain in numbness has been getting rapidly worse. It took a very short appointment for Doc to recommend surgery and guess when it is… Right smack in the middle of Inktober! 

So I’m left with a choice. Cheat, and get it all done with ahead of time (with a wonky hand), or try to do the second half left-handed. After perusing the lists, I really want to do it justice and take the opportunity to get it all done ahead of time. 

There’s another little hang up I have with this year, too. The Inktober and Drawlloween lists match up in a really sucky way. Like I don’t even want to combine them! I know I should see it as a challenge and blah, blah, blah, but we all know that if we force it that much the art is just going to be bad. 

So what do??

Did you know there’s ANOTHER Drawlloween list? Camilla d’Errico also does a list (I wish I knew sooner!) and it is THE ONE! Not that the other two aren’t good, but the Camilla list just speaks to me. It has more prompts that I haven’t done and fewer duplicates from last year. 

Soooooo, I’ve decided to just do this list: 

camilla d'errico 2019 drawlloween list camillasdrawlloween

I might pick and choose a few days from Mab Graves’ list… maybe… if there’s enough time in the day, which there rarely is. But given all that’s going on, it’s probably best to keep things simple this year. 

mab graves 2019 drawlloween list

UNFORTUNATELY I’m really bad at keeping things simple… Wanna hear the rest of the plan/decision/ramble?? The Inktober list is still in play, just not in combination with the Drawlloween list. You see, I’m going to be out of commission for at least two weeks post-surgery, and there’s no way I’m not making some kind of art!

inktober 2019 prompt list

Why not do the Inktober list left-handed? The prompts are more open to interpretation (and gorked-out terribleness), so it’s the perfect opportunity to push myself in a different direction… or something… right? It’s more abstract and it will be funny, right? RIGHT?!? 

Ultimately it’s going to depend on how much of my other stuff I get done, the planetary alignment, and my list of potential excuses on any given day. But for super serials, I’m getting that Drawlloween list done and it’s going to be amazing! (No pressure)

Thanks for reading! Please check back to see the drawings if you have sec or catch them on Insta. <3. Until next time!


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Inktober and Drawlloween Are Here!!!

inktober drawlloween ink drawing sketching October

If you don’t know them, you’re gonna know them! Starting today, it’s a drawing per day – two if you’re in it for both events. Every day there is a prompt and you draw it. Simple, right? For Inktober it’s an ink drawing and for Drawlloween it’s a drawing in whatever medium you want. 

Of the two prompt lists I prefer Mab Graves’ Drawlloween because it’s more October-related. It’s lots of spooky fun and it’s super interesting to see other artists’ interpretations of even the most familiar monsters. 

drawlloween October 2018 drawing sketching mab graves
Spooooooky Drawlloween prompts from Mab Graves!

On the other hand, I think the Inktober list is more challenging because it’s more abstract. The prompt of the day could spark instant inspiration or leave you absolutely stuck, which is really the point of prompts, isn’t it?

OFFICIAL Inktober 2018 prompts!

Last year I did both for the first time, something I don’t recommend if you’re short on time! I started the month off strong, then ended up a couple of days behind and would play catch up. Then I would do well for a while and end up behind again. I think I did most of the last week on the last day! So I wasn’t super great about getting the drawings done every day, but I was determined to get them all done and I did. 

inktober drawlloween ink drawing sketching October
Some pages are alright. 🙂

That being said, there are definitely some stinkers in there. It’s even more obvious because I dedicated a sketchbook to October. I don’t have to think back to which prompts I had issues with or which ones I relied to much (or not enough) on a reference for. I bet you could pick out which ones I had issues with, too. 🙂

fail inktober drawlloween ink drawing sketching October
Some pages I’m not proud of. AT. ALL. Seriously, this must have been a rough day…

I’m hoping this year is an improvement over last year. I don’t want to be too obvious or cliche and I’m thinking a ban on references might be in order! The sketchbook also needs to include the “junk” drawings and not just the final ideas. All that white space is uuuuuugly! Oh, did I forget to mention that I put all the drawings up on the site? Yep, they’re there – every single one. Give me another day and the “junk” will be up too. 🙂

Inktober and Drawlloween are two more reasons that October is my favorite month! If you follow the hashtags you can check out all the cool drawings that come out this time of year. Come November 1st, I’ll be posting the next section of my October sketchbook – for better or worse!

Thanks for reading! Until next time!