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Inktober Ends: Week Four in Review

And that’s that, it’s the end of the month, the end of Inktober. It’s a weird mix of feelings, relief at the end of time pressures, sadness at the end of the community and joy at having completed the challenge.

This last week (and a little bit) flew by and was full of fun prompts.

One notable pick from this week was to revisit a witch I’ve drawn before, which to me only meant one witch. It was a picture that I drew around four years ago when I was working nights and tired but I was so proud of it and still am! It helped me see that I could achieve what I wanted to if I only put the work in. And now, having revisited it I see that even more. Being able to see the change is motivating, so if you are having trouble with any creative endeavour look back on something you made some time ago and focus on the improvements.

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LB got up to some cute shenanigans over the week. I really enjoy drawing him just living, enjoying his little life and having fun with his friends. As conceited as it may sound I love the characters and find them very cute. That’s what I’m trying to focus on, things that I enjoy, fun things that keep me going back to drawing, that’s what these have taught me.

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So that’s it for this Inktober journey, it was challenging, informative and fun. I made some artist friends who were going through the same things and I hope that after the haze of Inktober fades I will make many more!

If you want to see more from me then Instagram is the best place and you can find me @smidgedraws

Thank you for reading my reviews for this Inktober, I’m sure I will be back at some point with other art projects.

Whatever you’re doing this year, have a-

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Tools used:

Pigma Microns and a sketchbook

ipad pro 12.9 inches, apple pencil, procreate.
Smidge, of Smidge Draws for CreatorConsortium.com

Inktober Continues: Week Three in Review

Another week has gone by in the blink of an eye and so we have arrived at my third review. This week my brain became scrambled quite early on! I have no idea how it happened, but I misread a prompt from my digital list and created a completely unneeded illustration. Though I felt extremely embarrassed at the time, it allowed me to create a piece to catch up with which I was really pleased.

 

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My favourite of my traditional Inktober pieces were two connected drawings. They were just silly pictures that were easy interpretations of the prompts but by golly gosh they were fun and (I think) very cute!

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This next picture is my favourite of the week! It felt a bit cheat-y and I loved it! Creating digital art is still very new to me and the little things make me giddy. So the prompt was twin witches and it wasn’t long before the idea of bookends came to mind and voila! I copied and flipped the sketch of one twin, so it was easy to then add details that made them different.

 

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So that was pretty much my week, filled with art and checking with J.A that I had read the prompts right.

If you like these check out the rest on Instagram or Twitter where I can be found @SmidgeDraws

Tools used-

Pigma Micron pens, Sketchbook

ipad 12.9 inches, apple pencil and Procreate
Smidge, of Smidge Draws for CreatorConsortium.com

Inktober continues: Week Two in Review

Welcome back! It’s the end of the second week and with it brings another review. I’m sat here staring at very cute pigeons, thinking back over this week trying to remember what I got up to, but I just keep being distracted by the cuteness!

Right, they have flown the coup as it were, let’s get back to the business of ink. This week we had some interesting prompts, a couple that challenged me and a piece of fan art.

Most of my ideas this week came quite quickly except for “Cruel” which was mostly because I didn’t want to put my signature chatacter LB into a bad situation. But I connected it to “Whale” with a nice picture on the next day to help ease myself into drawing the bad one. I like how I drew both of these prompts, they were simple and more precise than I have been before.

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For the most recent piece I had to do some research into 1960’s Mod style. The problem I have with the internet, and even most books, is that there is so much misinformation, lies and mislabelled pictures. I never know what is right and correct and what is completely wrong. So I asked for help from J.A and he gave me the idea for this picture of a mod witch on a vespa. It’s not as dynamic as I’d like but that’s going to take practise!

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Last but not least we have the piece of fan art that I am really happy with! One of my favourite films is Kiki’s Delivery Service so when a prompt was Witch Fan Art I knew what I had to do! I really think that LB makes a good Kiki.

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So that’s it from me for another week. How are you getting on? Is it going well, badly, quickly? Do you wish it was over or would go on foreeeeever?

See you next week!

Tools used-

Sketchbook, Pigma Micron pens

Apple ipad Pro 12.9inches, Procreate and the apple pencil

Smidge, of Smidge Draws for CreatorConsortium.com

Inktober Begins, Week One in Review

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Hello there! My name is Smidge and this is the first post I’m writing here on CreatorConsortium.com.

It’s Sunday afternoon, it’s the end of the week and the end of the first week of both October and Inktober. If you aren’t aware Inktober is a month long artistic challenge, created by Jake Parker. Basically, it’s a challenge to draw every day of October and, as the name suggests, use ink.

For this year, my third, I have attempted to do both traditional and digital. My reasoning is that I wish to improve, and what better way than with this community challenge.

Each year there’s an official prompt list, which is a list of words to give you a starting point and I think that it is fun to see what other people come up with for the same word. I haven’t followed it before nor any of the other prompt lists from other artists, but this year that has changed! I’m following two lists, the official one for traditional and one from an Instagram user called snowwhitekt for digital.

So far it has been both fun and frustrating! My art skills are fairly limited, having only been drawing for about four years now, and it’s showing when I come to draw things other that cute little bears.

For the digital prompt list I wanted to do lots of witches in fun and complicated places, but my skills are not up to that just yet. But I’m glad that it’s come to that; needing to push myself to get better and to do the art that is in my head!

I’m proud of what I’ve accomplished so far this month and am excited for the rest of the month.

Here are a few from my week, for all of the others, check me out on Instagram: smidgedraws

First up, my favourite of the traditional set is my character LB gazing upon a rather nice looking cake. I love this one because it has some detail and because I think LB is very cute (I could be biased though).

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Next is something of an experiment, I tried doing an isometric room using Procreate’s drawing grid. It was really satisfying to fill the room, but I ran out of ideas and time before filling it completely. It’s something that I would like to build on in the future.

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And last but not least is the first picture I put up for Inktober. It’s another of my favourites and it’s because of the details. I often have little patience and skip over details that I know would help the picture, however, as I progress through this challenge I’m learning to take my time, which is great!

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Are you taking part in Inktober? If so comment and let us know where to find you so we can cheer you on!

I’ll be back soon for a round up of the second week! I hope to see you then!

Tools used for Inktober-

Sakura Pigma Micron pens, sketchbook is a random one from supermarket: ASDA.

ipad pro 12.9 inch with apple pencil and Procreate app

-Smidge, of SmidgeDraws for CreatorConsortium.com