Post-inktober Inktober, aka Inkvember

Aw. I completely forgot about Inktober and Drawlloween and all that fun stuff last month. I only remembered on the last day of October and managed to look up the day’s prompt, which was ‘friend.’

Dinosaurs are popular Halloween costumes. And I like chickens. So this is what I came up with in the last few minutes of October 2016:

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Perhaps I should work on polishing my drawings. I’m such a fan of messy drawings. They’re just exciting to look at! But I should learn to polish my drawings too. Perhaps that should be my goal via… Inkvember! There’s no reason that Inktober as a concept should only be done in October. Jake Parker is my new drawing hero.

Most awesome coloring book ever!

When I stumbled upon Shan Jiang’s Bicycle Coloring Bike at Buc ee’s one day, I didn’t think twice about buying it. It is a beautiful book, and not only does it make me want to color, but it makes me want to draw and animate too. In fact, with my love for bicycles and drawing and recent exploration of cats and China,  I’m a little jealous that I’m not the one who made this book! But happy. Jealappy. And jealspired, you know, like jealous but inspired…

I intended to practice some value and shading with this book, but the more I flip through it, the more I’m afraid to taint it with my experimental coloring. The book’s binding doesn’t make it exactly scanner friendly either. Guess I’ll just have to buy another one! Or make my own?? I did attempted to emulate one of the drawings, fascinated by their fantastical yet detailed grandeur and quirkiness:

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(Whoops, that’s a Terry bike now. Wheels in perspective is challenging! So is the geometric accuracy required to draw a bicycle convincingly.)

I suddenly remembered that I did start a series of illustrations shortly after I returned from China. I wanted to illustrate my discoveries and experiences of the bike culture from living there. This one was going to be a rather axonometric drawing of the daily bikescape:

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Magnolia Monsters

I was dumping out prebath water by the magnolia tree when I suddenly found myself face to face with this little guy:

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It’s the leftover of a magnolia flower!

Look at all those textures! I thought it was the cutest little thing and felt inspired to create little magnolia creatures…

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So tempted to write a children’s book now…

Warming up

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This bottom sketch is an homage to my first animation ever. It was about a horse and a dog. Hmm, perhaps a remake coming soon?

One of the reasons why I’d love the animation industry is because I can switch over to something else within the industry whenever I get a little burnt out from one thing, and still enjoy whatever I’m doing. For example, I’ve been trying to finish an animation and working on it for two days straight, but when I sat down at my computer today, I suddenly felt burnt out. So instead I decided to open my sketchbook and do some life drawing. I pulled up youtube to look for figure references, stumbled upon some drawing exercises via ChiuStream, and started drawing dogs and horses instead. That was fun, and now I feel warmed up and ready to get back into my animation!

Interpret the pasta sauce smear

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A fun twist on the Rorschach test, don’t you think?

I saw Phoenix:

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Blendo saw a robot penguin within the pasta bits:

My sister sees a… mohawk shadow king creature holding an octopus?

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So, what do YOU see??

Monday prompts, revisited

And just like that, it’s time for another Monday sketch post. This week’s prompts are from previous Mondays.

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A little out of season, but I needed something Christmasy in substance so I revisited this one.

And a rendition of last week’s prompt: