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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 »

Life With Girls – Spekto Petrom

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I was on the Pottermore site the other day, messing around with their new Patronus quiz (mine’s a dappled gray mare) and it reminded me of this Life With Girls strip that I did a couple of years ago. Nothing chases away a gray mood like an active three-year-old with a drumstick wand. 🙂

Why We Make Things

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I wrote this article a couple of months ago on my Craft Monster show blog. Being a part of a community has always been a big deal to me, and Craft Monster has allowed me to meet and hear the stories of so many of my local makers. Being a Craft Monster, I know quite a few creative people from… Read more »

Just Do The Work

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Something I find myself thinking more often than I really want to admit is “I wish I’d learned this earlier”…often while having to remind myself that I may have not been listening. I was out of college for four years before I really began to take the idea of making a living from doing art seriously again, and I had… Read more »