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INKtober Day Ten – The Elves and the Shoemaker

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Do you remember the story The Elves and the Shoemaker? The story goes that a shoemaker would cut the leather for the next day’s shoes every night before bed. When he woke and went down to the shop in the morning, he’d find that the shoes would be mysteriously finished. He discovers that elves had been entering the shop in… Read more »

INKtober Day Nine – Like Drawing Birds in Flight

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“It’s scary not loving the job that everyone thinks we should love. It’s terrible waking up and feeling like what you love is a burden.” I wrote this on a post-it note sketch I did earlier this summer and has been a theme this year in both my personal and professional life. Doing the thing that I love most in… Read more »

INKtober Day Eight – Managing Expectations

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Have you ever talked yourself out of an idea because you felt it couldn’t possibly turn out how you see it in your head? Here’s what happens. I’ll go to work at a show, telling myself that I can do some drawing during down times. It’s cool having a record of my experience at shows. There’s usually interesting people to… Read more »

INKtober Number Six – Fitting In

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My dad gave me this Ukelele a little more than a year ago, after I’d told my mom that I wanted to learn how to play it. I already know how to play the guitar, after a fashion, so really how hard could it be to pick up the Ukelele? right? I can probably count on one hand the number… Read more »

INKtober Day 5 – When the Exception Becomes the Rule

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I was talking to my friend Leighton (@johnnyampersand) at Archon while he looked over my first INKtober entry and he commented that he liked that I lay out clear goals. I like to go into big projects with a plan, I call it my project manifesto. INKtober, with it’s thirty-one drawings surely counts as a big project, right? The plan… Read more »

INKtober Day Four – Good Enough

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Here’s what happens to me. I carve out a special time to get out and do some art. Usually drawing. I might even go to a special place to draw, some place that inspires me on some level. When I get there though, I often get stuck and wander around like a last minute shopper on Christmas Eve. How do… Read more »

INKtober Day Three – Blue Turtle Shell

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One of the things that I love about still lifes, is that they tend to have a very structured complexity. There is a huge variety of shapes and textures in even the most basic of setups. This drawing presented some challenges that I didn’t expect when I began it. Ink is very binary, in that it is either on or… Read more »

INKtober Day Two- Be Honest

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Does anybody else do this? I tell myself that “I need to do work harder” or “I need to do more…” Whatever that more is. I asked for this skull for Christmas about five years ago as a reaction to one of those “I need to do more…” moments. Specifically I need to do more life drawing and this will… Read more »

INKtober Day 1 – Making Marks

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Just in case you’re not familiar with Inktober, it’s an internet community event started by Jake Parker. Anyone can do INKtober, just pick up a pen and start drawing. INKtober rules: 1) Make a drawing in ink (you can do a pencil under-drawing if you want). 2) Post it on tumblr (or Instagram, twitter, facebook, flickr, Pinterest or just pin… Read more »

Inktober – Finding the Passion to Practice

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Several years ago, I made the decision to put away miniature war games and focus on art. The idea was that the artists who I admired didn’t just get good at it. One day, they made an actual, active choice to be a better artist. They intentionally decided to begin doing the work of being an artist. I realize that… Read more »