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List of Monthly Drawing Challenges for WHOLE Year

After totally missing out on Inktober recently, I decided to seek out some other monthly challenges. Why shouldn't we have some set cha...

Friday, October 27, 2017

Inktober: Some fav artists and thoughts on failure

This being the first year that I've done Inktober, I wanted to take a moment to break from my barrage of drawings and talk about some other artists also working hard at their Inktober drawings. I also want to take a moment to discuss my thoughts on failure and why it's a good thing but more on that later.

First, let's give round of snaps to all the artists out there putting out drawings for Inktober! Even if you only did one drawing this month, it still counts! There are so many wonderful artists out there! It feels great to through my lot into the mix. Now I want to talk about some of the artists that are killing it this Inktober.

Heikala @heikala_art
The artwork below is the one that got me hooked on this artist. Really reminds me of Ghibli style art because it's so transporting. It's a whole scene! Not just a character. They also do great process videos so you can see how they ink each piece! Very inspiring and helpful.
vickiscream @vickisigh
I just love this artist's use of colors. Each piece has that little spark of personality, very important to me.
Sibylline M @Sibylline_M
What's not to love! The line quality, the colors, ...those buns!

And that's it for now! I'm finding new fabulous artists everyday so I might do another post like this after Inktober wraps up.

Now about what I said about failure - Last year was when I first discovered Inktober, though I did some sketches with the hopes of inking some before the end of October... it didn't happen. I was left feeling poopy about not putting up a single inked drawing even thought being a part of Inktober was clearly something I really wanted. But I guess I just wasn't ready. I suffer from some pretty lame imposter syndrome stuff.

But I've been working hard at it all year. When this October came around, I was ready this time. I had created an environment at home where my pens and sketch books were easily accessed, where I had a clear desk and lap drawing table so that I could easily grab a sketch book and get to it whenever I was able to make a moment for myself. And that first day when I inked a drawing, it was the best feeling in the world. I scanned that thing and threw it up on the internet and BAM! I was already a step ahead of where I was last year.

Listen, all I'm saying is be kind to yourselves. I see and hear so much self-deprecation about not drawing 'enough'. I've seen artists that draw constantly but barely progress an inch and I've seen others that draw here and there, spend more time observing and doing training instead of drawing their own works, and they jump light years ahead in their art skills. And neither of those paths is wrong! There's a million different ways to 'be an artist'. For me, I know I'd rather love myself and do my art for me first and foremost. I can only do what I can do in any given day. And I need to recognize that I make the art, it doesn't make me. (I'm saying it like that because yes, I STILL struggle with it).

Seeing all these other wonderful artists out there being so successful at drawing daily for Inktober can be rough. Especially if we carry ourselves with the attitude of 'I'm not doing what they're doing so I must be failing'.

Whatever you're able to do, in that moment, is enough. Even if you just sat down on the couch and stared at a blank page for 10 minutes and drew a circle. Even if you glanced longingly at your sketch book from afar. It's what you could do so it's enough. I'm a big believer that tomorrow is a new day and another chance so give yourself a hug, get some rest, and try to make time for yourself tomorrow.

with love - M


Sketch Diary: Inktober Day 15 - A leeward gaze


I almost called this 'a windward gaze' but decided to check the definition and yup, I mixed them up. Since she's looking away from the wind, it's a leeward gaze. The more you know...

I'm halfway through Inktober!! It hasn't been easy but I'm happy with the outcomes so far. Gonna make it to that finish line... eventually.

with love - M

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Sketch Diary: Inktober Day 14 - The contemplative elf


What's she sitting on?! No one will ever know...

with love - M

Sketch Diary: Bucky feels portrait


All the feels while watching Civil War. It's supposed to be Bucky... I guess. This was not the portrait I was seeing in my head but I kept getting distracted by the movie. Usually I'll pause a movie at the spot I like so I can sketch whatever character it is but Joel was watching it with me and I felt bad. NO!! WE PAUSE NOW! for how long? FOR AS LONG AS THE DRAWING NEEDS! lolol

I also have no concept of time... so yeah it might be a while.

with love - M

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Sketch Diary: Inktober Day 13 - Worried look in blue


Time for my blue period! Hah but seriously, brush pens are fun. I took more time on my lines for this one and I think it paid off. I was able to get those skinny lines and some nice fat ones, too. I dig how she turned out.

with love - M

Sketch Diary: Doing the up-do


I went through periods of love and hate while sketching this quicky. I did the head and arm and hair using a fast gesture drawing method but then went in for way too much detail too quickly with the eyes and had to pull myself back out again to do the rest of the pose. THEN I went back in for details.... the quick gesture drawing method really works the best for me. I don't know why I stopped in the middle of it. Whatever. I've been averaging 2 drawings/inkings a day lately so I'm still pleased as punch.

with love - M

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Sketch Diary: Inktober Day 12 - Harpy Queen


When I was inking this I stopped after the main outline and was like 'is that enough?'. But then I just kept going and going with the shadow areas. I was worried it was too much but I think it worked out ok.

with love - M

Sketch Diary: Slender all over


I didn't realize until after finishing this little sketch that I was definitely channeling some Keane. Specifically, her slender looking women in some of her paintings. She's mostly known for her 'Big Eyes' paintings but I like her other work, too. She had a wild ride though, if the movie was at all accurate. I recommend watching it regardless because it brings up the issues of selling prints versus originals, the desire to be in an art gallery, and just all around artist struggles.

with love - M

Monday, October 23, 2017

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Sketch Diary: Inktober Day 10 - bad posture lady


10 down! 21 to go... I'll get there eventually. It's a good motivator. An achievable goal mainly because I've been trying to sketch every day so I've got a bunch of pencil drawings ready to be inked. I should probably do a free form ink drawing at least once.

with love - M

Sketch Diary: Birdperson inspired


I sketched this after watching an episode of Rick and Morty so I guess it's Birdperson? He's supposed to at least have a human face but whatever. I thought this looked cool.

with love - M

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Sketch Diary: Inktober Day 9 - purple portrait


Note to self: don't play with brush pens when you're tired and don't feel like sitting upright to draw lol. What's funny is that I blamed the brush pen when I first inked this... like it was responsible for my shaky lines.

with love - M

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Friday, October 13, 2017

Sketch Diary: Inktober Day 6 - Woman looking up


A sketch from 2016 that I decided to ink for Inktober. I like how the hair turned out.

with love - M

Sketch Diary: Inktober Day 5 - Lady with tech wings


Tech wings? Yeah I dunno what to call them. Beep bop beep boop wings. The sketch for this is almost 2 years old - yeesh. I remember sketching this in the halls at Zenkaikon 2015. Excited to get to go back this year!

with love - M

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Sketch Diary: Inktober Day 4 - Dude sitting with a dog


Fell off the wagon a little with keeping up posts for Inktober so these next several will be rapid fire. As always, if anyone would like to color in any of my inked drawings, please link to the original here on my site and let me know! I wanna see! Don't be shy :)

with love - M

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Sketch Diary: Inktober Day 3 - Portrait of an undercut


Love this drawing. It's not perfect but what is?! Let's just appreciate this 3rd day of Inktober. Poison was the prompt of the day... I guess some people think undercuts are poisonous. I think they're fun and oh so practical for summer.

with love - M

Monday, October 2, 2017

Sketch Diary: Inktober Day 2 - Mirror, mirror on the wall


Who's butt is the fairest of them all? This gal! Hah not so much those feet though... Inktober Day 2! I guess this could fit the prompt for today - Divided. She's divided on what the heck to wear! Whatever. What's important here is that I drew something lol.

with love - M

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Sketch Diary: Inktober Day 1 - Sitting on a ledge


I made it! First day of Inktober! I did not follow the prompt for this one. This was a sketch from earlier in the year that I decided to finally ink. The prompts will be helpful when I run out of old sketches to ink, though. Thanks Jake Parker!


with love - M