Wednesday, October 28, 2020

Inktober 2020 Challenge - Week Two

      Surprise! Made it to week two of the Inktober challenge! It was a bit tougher this week as work was super busy. For some reason we always get busier during the end of the year when everyone is taking vacations for Thanksgiving and Christmas and we're short-handed...but I stuck it out and did my seven inked drawings. So without further's what I did.

     Day 8 - Prompt was "Teeth" - Had a little fun with this one. I had an idea to do a pumpkin with braces on it's teeth, which I did and I think it's most excellent! 

     Both my children suggested since a lot of rap stars call their teeth their "grill" that I do something with that. So I came up with this little guy that I think is just adorable! I love the way the headlights are his little eyes. I thought about doing gold teeth, but he's fine as he is.

     Day 9 - Prompt "Throw" - This was a head-scratcher. I had not a clue what I should do. I could have drawn someone throwing a ball, but drawing people is not one of my favorite thing. Luckily a little saying my brother Fred would always say to his kids popped into my head "You get what you get and you don't throw a fit!" She reminds me a lot of me when I was a kid, and a teenager and me yesterday!

Day 10 - Prompt "Hope" - This one I knew what I wanted to do, but I did not do the picture in my head justice. But they can't all be works of art and the point of this project is to get better and to practice. What is more hopeful that a little flower soldiering through and growing in a crack in the street?

     I'm doing all these drawings on the back of a 3" x 5" index card, so they are not very big and there's not a lot of room.  In retrospect, I could have drawn this one smaller with some buildings in the and learn.

     Day 11 - Prompt - "Disgusting" - Thinking I may ruffle a few feathers with this one, especially is you are a lover of mushrooms...I am not. I think they are gross and disgusting, have an awful texture and smell. But if you love them, then my apologies. They are beautiful to draw though, this one may be my favorite so far.

     Day 12 - Prompt "Slippery" - If I were a better artist I would have drawn a snail or an eel, but I just did my best and soldiered on with something super simple, but it fits the prompt. Hey...they can't all be winners. Poor guy driving, it's so slippery on that road that he seems to be heading off the sign itself!

     Day 13 - Prompt "Dune" - Oh I had fun with this one! Now normally I have a lot of problems with perspective and although the tires are not perfect, they aren't bad at all. A cute little Dune Buggy racing along on sand dunes!

     Day 14 - Prompt "Armor" - Oh wait! This one may be my favorite. I just think he's adorable! Isn't he perfection? 

     So that's it for week two. 

     I actually started this post more than a week ago, but I'm having some home remodeling done and the workers are here putting in a new closet in my bedroom and everything is in disarray and I can't find any of my art supplies and I'm going to have to put this on hold for now. 

     But it has been fun up to now.

Wednesday, October 7, 2020

Inktober 2020 Challenge - Week One

      This year will be my first time joining the Inktober challenge. Inktober was created by Jake Parker in 2009 as a challenge to improve his inking skills and develop positive drawing habits, now thousands of artists take the challenge each year, you can learn more about it here

     Here's a list of the prompts for the month:

Prompts from Inktober website

     The rules are simple:

1. Make a drawing in ink (you can do a pencil under-drawing if you want).

2. Post it - post on any social media account you want or just post it on your refrigerator, the point is to share your art with someone.

3. Hashtag it with #inktober and #inktober2020

4. Repeat the process

     So that's the gist of it. I'm on day 7 which would be one week, so let me show you what I have done so far.

Day 1 - Prompt was "Fish" - I've mentioned that I'm learning the Zentangle process and I had just learned a new tangle called "Harp" and it reminded me of the fins of the Betta Fish or Siamese Fighting Fish, just love those beautiful fish! So here he is, a little fish with attitude!

Day 2 - Prompt was Wisp - This was a tough one for me. I could think of lots of things to draw but didn't trust my drawing skills enough. So this is what I ended up with "wisps of steam" rising out of a coffee cup. 

Day 3 - Prompt was Bulky - As luck would have it, this day I woke up with horrible allergies and my daughter suggested I take a Zyrtec, I did so right about 2pm that afternoon and I didn't wake up until around 11pm, needless to say I did not get one done that day, so I posted this.

Day 4 - Prompt was Radio - The vision of Ralphie and Randy from the movie A Christmas Story instantly came to mind and was the inspiration for this one. I especially love the way the little girls hair turned out.

Day 5 - Prompt was Blade - Again a tough one because I really wanted to draw a sword or a big knife, but I knew everyone would be doing that and I wanted to be unique and different. So I did end up drawing a sword but in the form of the emblem of a local high school. I loved the way the handles on the swords turned out!

Day 6 - Prompt was Rodent - Drawing a rodent was not at all appealing. I could have drawn a dead one in a trap, but that's just sad and wrong, so I decided I wanted to draw a mouse dressed up like a Mariachi, but what I found instead was a a Mariachi with a sugar skull face and that inspired me to draw my little Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) Rodent with a Sugar Skull (Calavera) design!

It's not the best rodent ever drawn, but I think it's the most unique!

Day 7 - Prompt was Fancy - So many things came to mind, but utmost in my mind was the song Fancy by Reba McEntire. I love that song and any time I hear it I sing at the top of my lungs, not worried who is listening! 

In the lyrics she sings "We didn't have money for food or rent to say the least, we were hard pressed. Then Mama spent every last penny we had, to buy me a dancin' dress. Mama washed and combed and curled my hair and then she painted my eyes and lips, then I stepped into a satin Dancin' dress that had a split on the side clean up to my hip.

So I drew a Fancy dress! So far this has been fun and I'm looking forward to the next week. 

Here's the link to Reba singing Fancy, it will bring tears to your eyes.