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INKtober Day Fifteen – Ten-Thousand Hours

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“They” Say it takes ten-thousand hours of practice to achieve mastery of something. Ten. Thousand. Hours. It’s kind of mind boggling. By that metric, if you were to set aside ten hours a week to draw, you’d log five-hundred twenty hours a year. Every two years, would be one-thousand forty hours. At that rate, it would take you twenty years… Read more »

INKtober Day Fourteen – A Sketch Book Exercise

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Pull out a piece of paper and do a drawing of someone sitting and reading out of your head. What details did you add? Are they in a setting, or just floating in space? “I wouldn’t have put this detail in here if I was drawing this out of my head”, is one of the things that I think about… Read more »

INKtober Day Thirteen – Kids Don’t Know How Good They Have It

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I remember having a pretty huge collection of magazines when I was a kid. Not that kind of magazine, I’m talking about stacks of National Geographics, HOW, Modelers Resource, Star Log, Wizard, and Artist’s Magazine. I’d spend hours reading articles, looking at tiny, grainy pictures trying to figure out how they did it, and being inspired. NOW though. Now, we… Read more »

INKtober Day Twelve – What Do You Do With It?

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Sometimes, I think there must be a lot of people out there with nothing on the walls in their houses. Which seems weird to me, because I use framed artwork like some people use wallpaper. If there’s a blank spot, we need to find a picture to fill it with. A large portion of my income is from Art and… Read more »

INKtober Day Eleven – Staying Out of the Way

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I often have to remind myself that the dishes can wait a minute while I help my daughter draw a heart. I can wait to read that article, or write that blog post until I get the paints out for the girls to work on. I have to remind myself that sometimes my daily routine gets in the way of… Read more »

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 »