inktober

Last sketches of 2015

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This October – December was the busiest on record, what with starting a new show at the studio, piles of freelance, and selling and buying a house…… so sadly my sketches took a backseat. I managed to squeak out a few, here they are!

For Inktober 2015:

A couple sketches in time for “Back to the Future” Day! [Brush pen on Moleskine sketchbook.]

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A couple sketches of some of the regular dogs that frequent our studio 🙂 [Brush pen on Moleskine sketchbook.]

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And of course a sketch of our cat Mowgli in his favourite position.

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I managed to fit in two commissions done as Christmas gifts for clients. The first one was for a couple who had just gotten married and loved trees, hence the background. The second was for someone who is a composer. Both digital.

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Inktober 2014 sketches

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Life has been CRAZY lately with lots of work [most of which I cannot post!], so I wasn’t able to do as many Inktober sketches this year as I would have liked. HOWever, I managed to squeeze out a few, here they are 🙂

A real disguise. [pencil crayon, brush pen]

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A doggy from Gastown. [Colerase, pencil, brush pen]

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Chatting on the skytrain. [Colerase, brush pen]

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Gastown dude. [Marker, brush pen]

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Jammin’ in Gastown. [Colerase, brush pen]

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Our cats, Mowgli [the striped one] about to pounce on Ema [the grey one]. [Marker, brush pen]

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Mowgli & Ema ready for Halloween. [Marker, colerase, brush pen]

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Even Norman Bates got into the Inktober spirit. [Marker, colerase, brush pen]

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Piles o’ pumpkins. [Colerase, brush pen]

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My wife and I taking advantage of a rainy Sunday. [Marker, colerase, brush pen]

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A viking hat in Gastown. [Colerase, brush pen]

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Inktober comes to an end on Halloween.

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What a great month of stretching myself and my pride, and getting encouraged by friends and other artists to just keep making art! Saw some AMAZING art created by artists I know and admire, wow. And what an awesome way to rediscover the joys of ink and paper. I will surely miss you Inktober, but onto something new!

With some suggestions from friends, I thought I would end this in Halloween-ish style, with help from ET, Beetlejuice and Gizmo.

Sketching “Psycho”.

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Trying an exercise I haven’t done in a while…. watching a favourite film, pausing it whenever I like the composition, and trying to sketch it as fast as possible. Since I am [more than] slightly obsessed with anything Hitchcock created, and it’s almost Halloween, “Psycho” seemed appropriate. These didn’t all turn out, but with the good drawings come the… not so good ones.

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Onto the next scene!

Halloween-inspired Inktober’s.

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Work has been really busy, and I can’t post the stuff I work on… so I am always trying to do a daily drawing of my own…. especially right now with Inktober!

One is a retro-inspired suggestion by my wife, and the other is a film-inspired sketch from “Hocus Pocus”. I got some commissions to work on too….. gotta get drawing!

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Inktober-ing a Pumpkin Patch: Part 2

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I decided to try a retro slant on these drawings…. my favourite style of illustration! But I have not done tons of these drawings myself, mostly out of intimidation. I am terrified to put up drawings and not be “good enough”. But I am learning…. learning so much.

Mostly… I am learning to extend the grace to myself that I try to extend to others. I am learning to have respect for the gift I do believe God has given me. And deciding to stop comparing myself to other artists and how much better they are than me… and just do art.

 

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It is making me very happy.  I hope it makes others happy too 🙂

This amazing quote from an artist I so respect hit the nail on the head this week. I will read this every morning!!

“I have failed many times in my life. But the secret is, as long as you learn from each mistake that is all that counts so you don’t repeat the mistake again and again. If YOU find yourself struggling as to what direction you wish to pursue in life, I can tell you this…. If you want to do art, you do art. Draw all the time and build up your skills. If you wish to improve your skills, learn from others, “mimicry is the prerequisite to creativity.” In order to find your ideas for creating, I have found the best way to do this is through your own observation as well. This is the most important. What do YOU see when you are at life drawing or at the coffee shop drawing people. Doing this will help you create new ideas. Do not concern yourself with what others are doing, When I say this, it is in reference to knowing that you are not them, learn from them but don’t compare, you will just drive yourself insane.
– Stephen Silver

Inktober, is Yoda.

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Inktober, is Yoda.

Thanks to a friend’s suggestion that I do “something from Star Wars” – I went with a (Canadian) Thanksgiving-themed Yoda for my Inktober sketch today!

Turkey, enjoy your!