INKtober Week One

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InkToberSo the first week of INKtober is behind us and I’m already a couple of days behind because I was out of the studio at a three day show. We’ve still got the whole month to catch up though, right? In case you haven’t heard of INKtober before, here’s the low down, and you can find more info on the INKtober Website.

INKtober was created by artist Jake Parker as a challenge to improve inking skills and develop positive drawing habits.

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 it on your wall.)

3) Hashtag it with #inktober

4) Repeat (you can do it daily, like me, or go the half-marathon route and post every other day, or just do the 5K and post once a week. What ever you decide, just be consistent with it. INKtober is about growing and improving and forming positive habits, so the more you’re consistent the better.)

So this year, I’m focusing on getting a little experience with a brush and ink. I’m using round #4 and #6 brushes and 50/50 mix of ProArt waterproof india ink and Liquitex INK! Transparent Burnt Sienna over my line work done with a Faber-Castell PITT pen, size S (.5mm). All the ink is waterproof in case I want to go back over it with watercolor or gouache later.Anikanas monster for the Hobomancer game setting by Jeffrey Johnson of Handmade Family
This little beauty is a monster from the Hobomancer roleplaying setting by Hex Games.INKtober Day two, the costume pitch drawing by Jeffrey Johnson of Handmade Family

You may recognize this one from last week’s Life With Girls comic. Life With Girls started life as single panel illustrated status updates. It was kind of nice to get back to it’s roots for a bit.INKtober day three, Utah Raptor by Jeffrey Johnson of Handmade Family

Penny Loves Dinosaurs is still going strong. Doing little drawings like this of Utah Raptor gives me a chance to think about what we’d like to talk about and how.INKtober day three, Badger Mage by Jeffrey Johnson of Handmade Family

My sketch book is becoming more and more populated by these animal adventurers as I dig deeper into a larger story that I want to tell. I tinted this guy with Watercolor  Gouache.