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Inktober 2016 // Week One Recap

I’m not a stranger to drawing deadlines. When I was cartooning I would do about two cartoons a week. When I was working on “Guaiyayon Na Trongkon Mansanita” I was on a pretty strict two to three drawings a day schedule. Deadlines are stressful, even when you’re doing something you’re passionate about. It’s a bit easier to stay motivated when you’re held accountable by an editor or a publisher. This month I’m doing a drawing challenge and I don’t have anyone to answer to except for myself. Self accountability can either hurt you or make you stronger. I’m hoping I can whip myself into illustration shape. Inktober is kind of the Cross Fit of art challenges.

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Inktober is a 31 day drawing challenge that was created by the artist, Jake Parker. He started the challenge in 2009. I can’t remember when I first heard about it, but I think I learned about it from a You Tuber. I never committed to the challenge before. I would always do a day or two and then lose motivation.

This year, for some reason, I’m really trying to commit to the full marathon of it. And It might seem a bit silly, but I’m really proud to say that I completed a whole week of the challenge and fully intend to cross the finish line.

I’m using the prompt list that is posted on Jake Parker’s site. Prompts are an awesome tool for artists. Cartooning is basically drawing with prompts thrown out at you by society and politicians. Illustrating a book involves working with prompts from the author. So I like the challenge of prompts and the official list is single word prompts, which gives artists a lot of flexibility. There are lots of other Inktober prompt lists available on the internet too. I noticed a lot of witchy prompts and spooky themed prompts on Instagram. I think some artists also come up with their own personal lists. I might try that next year.

picsart_09-12-03.12.17.jpgI made a mini haul purchase from Jet Pens to prep for Inktober. I needed new pen nibs and I really wanted to try Prismacolor’s Col-erase pencils out. I’m loving them! Seriously, I think they’re great for sketching and they do erase pretty well. Look out for a review later this month. I’m also using Deleter ink, Copic markers – mostly in grey tones, and Sakura Microns. By the way, Jet Pens is a great place to order supplies online. If you spend over $25 they ship for free, even to Guam! I love them and I’m not getting anything to say that. I just really appreciate being able to buy supplies at a reasonable price and not having to pay double for shipping.

Art supplies are fun, but I have to say that a great part of this challenge is that you don’t need a ton of special supplies. All you need is ink and paper. A ball point pen would do. And there is a lot of great artwork out there done entirely in ball point pen.

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I’m documenting my Inktober experience on Instagram and Twitter. Both those feeds are embedded in this blog, but I’d love for you to follow me on either platform: @illusdreted. Are you doing the Inktober challenge? If you are, comment with your Instagram, Twitter, or Snapchat username so I can follow you! And if you’re looking for some drawing motivation or inspiration check out the hastags: #inktober & #inktober2016 . There are artists all over the world participating. They use all kinds of different techniques and are of all skill levels. It’s kind of become a world wide online gallery allowing you to observe artists’ work as they challenge themselves and grow. Thank you, Jake Parker!

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Nezumi’s cartooning essentials & extras

Nezumi’s cartooning essentials:

Nezumi's cartooning essentials - Reconstructing Wonderland

My cartoons for the Mariana’s Variety Guam Edition are published in black and white. This makes my essential supply list pretty simple. I sketch with a basic Steadtler HB pencil. I add the grippies because they’re a lot more comfortable when you’re drawing for a while. I use two different erasers. While I’m sketching I use the Pentel Clic Eraser 2 and to erase the sketch after I finish inking I use the Pentel Black eraser. Sakura Microns are great for inking. I really want to get one of their brush pens. I use an assortment of Sharpies when I’m making really bold lines and coloring in large spaces. Sometimes I use my black Copic for large fields too. My white Gelly Roll is the icing on my cartoon cake and occasionally an inky oops corrector.

Nezumi’s cartooning extras:

Nezumi's cartooning extras - Reconstructin Wonderland

When I first started cartooning I inked with dip pens and brushes. This was how I had grown used to illustrating so I thought it would be okay with my cartooning. I quickly learned that it was not convenient or time efficient. I don’t always get to cartoon at my drafting table and I don’t want to have to pull out ink bottles, pen holders and nibs at my day job. I mean they’re cool, but not that cool. I do miss the sound of nibs on paper though.

Sometimes after I’ve sent in my cartoon, I color them for fun. Copics and Inktense pencils are awesome for doing that. I need to work on an adult satire based coloring book. Would that be a hit? What are your favorite creative supplies?

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More from the ocean of my imagination

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Neither of these pieces are finished. I won’t be posting finished pieces until after my show, in June. I had to share these WIPs though.

We have jellyfish on Guam, but I’ve never seen one. So I don’t know why I keep wanting to draw them. Hmmm….

Have you ever seen a jellyfish?

Work in progress.

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This is coming to me sooooo sloooowly. But I figure it is better to take your time and get it right.  Yet, I still managed an unintentional ink spot. Oh well, I did want to add some fish.

Inspiration from You Tube 02

Wasn’t that awesome?! Yes. Yes, it was.

Want to see more from Mary Doodles?  Yes. Yes, you do.

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