Inktober Day 9 – Watch

I started to draw this pocket watch from Titanic but I lost interest. So then I decided to do a little master study of Satan Vanquished by Gustave Dore. Those angels might be The Watchers. It’s not great looking but it was really good practice.

I always feel like somebody’s watching me
And I have no privacy (ooh ooh)
I always feel like somebody’s watching me
Who’s playing tricks on me?

I bet nobody knows that song 😂

Inktober Day 6 – Spirit

It was a busy day so I tried to do some sketches. This first one is a bottle of Gin with a Djinn escaping. Might be a fun idea to explore some more.

I had fun drawing these next ones. Who doesn’t love a good alien abduction story? I know I do lol.

And sketches from the movie Spirited Away. I watched that about a year ago with my boyfriend. He watched it as a kid and wanted to see if it’d freak him out now like it did then. It was kinda weird.

That night I had a dream caused by that movie and just now while drawing I remembered that dream and felt all weird. Our favorite line was when that spider dude said, “She’s my granddaughter.” We laughed so hard lol. And his little black pom pom spider worker boys are so cute.

And finally, the one I put on Instagram this morning. It was my original idea. It’s a Ghost Tequila bottle. I thought the ghost design was cool and it gives me double for the word spirit. Well, that’s all folks. Tomorrow is fan. Another word that doesn’t have me all fired up.

Think of All the Luck You Got

Know that it’s not for naught . . . no, day 4 of Inktober is KNOT. Pronounced Kuh Not. Just kidding . . . heh, a lil’ word play there for ya’.

It took me pretty much all day but I finished it.

Turned out pretty cool. I didn’t know where I was going with it. But I like it. I like how the light in each image changes throughout the day starting at 8 am and ending with 7 pm.

Tomorrow is Raven and I don’t have an idea yet that I’m happy with. Well, I have one idea, but I just came up with it so . . . we’ll see. Oh, and 10 badass points goes to whoever knows what song I was quoting in the title and first line.

Nuclear Wessels?

Nooo, not wessels. The word for day 3 of Inktober is Vessels. I found this cool image of blood vessels that reminded me of a tree.

These particular colors wouldn’t show up on black paper so I used some hot pressed watercolor paper. I love how smoothly these gel pens glided over the paper.

I’m a bit nervous for when I have to add the black around those skinny little lines, but I want it to POP like it does in my inspiration photo. And I was thinking of adding a little tombstone and maybe some other little details. So, it’s blood vessels but it’s actually gonna be a gnarly tree.

This Ain’t Texas Hold ‘Em

I’ve had this idea for a while to make a card game based on iconic Texas thangs. The word for day 2 of Inktober is Suit, and I wasn’t interested in drawing a suit of armour or fashion, so I decided this was a good opportunity to explore the card idea.

My format inspiration is from these Tarot suit cards. But the overall game play would be inspired by Yu-Gi-Oh or Old Maid or UNO . . . something like that.

They’re not finished yet, but here’s what I’ve got so far.

And there you have it. I was struggling to fit the long horns on the Texas Longhorn so it’s blank for now. I’m thinking of trying out an old worn out wood background for these, possibly just under the barbed wire border, and then leave the space behind the image white.

Inktober 2021 Goals

I’m giving myself some freedom for this Inktober. I’ll just post the artwork as is, whether they’re finished or not. I’m also not restricting myself to using JUST ink. I’ll do as much as I can with ink, and then finish it up with whatever medium will work best for the look I’m going for.

I’m very pleased with how these are turning out. I love Texas and I love the barbed wire border and I’m excited to see what I can come up with.

This challenge really helps me get inspired to create artwork.

So, who else is doing Inktober? More importantly, who else loves Texas?! If you do or you’re proud to be a Texan just let me know in the comments what your favorite thing about Texas is.

One more thing: Jess Karp is such a good artist and she’s made her own Jesstober Challenge, so go check that out for a lil’ inspiration.