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Inktober 2018 - Pumpkin by Donny-B Inktober 2018 - Pumpkin :icondonny-b:Donny-B 11 0 Inktober 2018 - Skeleton by Donny-B Inktober 2018 - Skeleton :icondonny-b:Donny-B 13 1 Inktober 2018 - Nefarious by Donny-B Inktober 2018 - Nefarious :icondonny-b:Donny-B 1 0 Inktober 2018 - Defender by Donny-B Inktober 2018 - Defender :icondonny-b:Donny-B 2 0 Inktober 2018 - Whale by Donny-B Inktober 2018 - Whale :icondonny-b:Donny-B 12 1 Inktober 2018 - Star by Donny-B Inktober 2018 - Star :icondonny-b:Donny-B 12 1 Inktober 2018 - Chicken by Donny-B Inktober 2018 - Chicken :icondonny-b:Donny-B 1 0 Inktober 2018 - Poisonous by Donny-B Inktober 2018 - Poisonous :icondonny-b:Donny-B 2 0 Venom by Donny-B Venom :icondonny-b:Donny-B 9 0 Symbiote by Donny-B Symbiote :icondonny-b:Donny-B 4 0 White Knight by Donny-B White Knight :icondonny-b:Donny-B 2 0 Captain Marvel Minimate by Donny-B Captain Marvel Minimate :icondonny-b:Donny-B 2 0 Fish Tank by Donny-B Fish Tank :icondonny-b:Donny-B 8 2 Ink Asiatic Lilies by Donny-B Ink Asiatic Lilies :icondonny-b:Donny-B 1 0 Ink Ipomoea by Donny-B Ink Ipomoea :icondonny-b:Donny-B 4 0 Ink Sunflower by Donny-B Ink Sunflower :icondonny-b:Donny-B 1 0
  • Listening to: Shadow Forest (by Dark Fantasy Studio)
My approach to this year's Inktober challenge was a little different from the norm. I knew I wouldn't have enough time to do one drawing each day, so I set my goal at 2 drawings a week, and paced myself to keep the quality at a decent level. Each week had a slightly different approach, partially to keep it fresh and partially to stretch myself.
The paper and size were always the same, but the medium beyond that switched from week to week.
Week 1 was more cartoony in style, primarily utilizing Copic Markers and a White Charcoal Pencil for the detail.
Week 2 was focused more on detailed texturing, using Micron Pen in a heavy crosshatching style, and a White Uniball Pen for highlights.
Week 3 blended the first two approaches to a degree; Copic Markers and Micron Pen in a style that was somewhere between cartoony and heavily detailed. This was also when I deviated from the official Inktober prompt list and picked the themes for my own interests.
Week 4 turned out to be a stumble and set me back quite a bit, because I tried something completely beyond my experience - I wanted to really push myself and try to make a solid piece of art using nothing more than a cheap ballpoint pen. It took a couple botched drawings before I started figuring out the best way to approach the technique. I definitely still need to practice more, but this is a good start.

Inktober 2018 - Poisonous by Donny-B  Inktober 2018 - Chicken by Donny-B
Inktober 2018 - Star by Donny-B  Inktober 2018 - Whale by Donny-B
Inktober 2018 - Defender by Donny-B  Inktober 2018 - Nefarious by Donny-B
Inktober 2018 - Skeleton by Donny-B  Inktober 2018 - Pumpkin by Donny-B

Some key points I took away from my experience with this drawing challenge;
- Strathmore Toned Tan paper is not an ideal base for Copic Markers. It's also a bit too thin to keep from wrinkling under heavier ballpoint pen crosshatching.
- I have a lot to learn about how to apply white highlights.
- My pacing needs improvement
- Switching styles from week to week gave me opportunities to try new things that I needed more experience with, but I think in the future I will stick to one specific style for the duration of the challenge. I saw some areas where I really need to focus/practice, and sadly two drawings is not enough to make substantial improvement in those areas.

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Don Brosius
Artist | Student | Varied
United States
Self taught and always pushing to learn more. Training in Pencil, Micron Pen, Copics, and Photoshop, with Photography on the side.



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Ejderha-Arts Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm rather late but I still want to thank you for adding Inktober 2018 #13 - Guarded to your favourites. It's very much appreciated!
Have a wonderful day (and a lovely llama)! Llama jump 
KaidokJ Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2018   Digital Artist

Thanks for the fav on Inktober 15 - Weak a.k.a Beware the wild tube man


Not a great deal is known about the wilderness people of the inflatable tube. Many have ventured into the dark reaches of the urban sprawl, trying to document their carefree behaviour and unusual population patterns, but to this day, they remain one of nature’s greatest mysteries. Despite millions of Guarani spent in market research, many questions still remain. Where do these tube people come from? Why are they so energetically happy? What is it about car dealerships that seems to attract them? Do they ever wax poetic on their role in the cosmic samba that is life on this planet? Have they ever practiced ritualistic cannibalism? Join us next week as we attempt to answer some of these burning questions when we finally put a tube person through some “advanced interrogation”. Be sure to tune in.


KaidokJ Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2018   Digital Artist

Thanks for the fav on Inktober 14 - Clock a.k.a Totally Tick Tocked


I’ve been in a long running dispute with a random stranger over the viability of temporal homicide for quite some time now, and I felt it was necessary to set the record straight. To those unfamiliar with issue, I am of course referring to whether or not one can, in fact, kill a clock. Sure, it sounds like a pretty straight forward concept but some people can’t seem to get their head around it. This person even went so far as to demand proof that such a thing was possible, which is completely ridiculous. Where am I even supposed to find a suitable target for that kind of demonstration? Due to their notoriously laid back nature, finding a clock that might be deserving of murder is extremely difficult. Sure, I suppose I could just pick one up a Walmart but it seems particularly cold blooded to end the life of an innocent timepiece just to win an argument. I mean I’ll do it, but I’m gonna feel really bad about it afterwards. I just don’t know I want that kind of guilt on my conscious, if I really being honest about it.

Oh well, here it goes.


xDunkelseelex Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:iconthanks4fav: ^^
kiranox Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for the fav!
TomKellyART Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
hey cool thanks for the watch and the llama!!!!!!
EliTanDark Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2018  Hobbyist Artist
Thank you so much for adding my illustration "Inktober #7 2018 (#200)" to your favourites. It means a lot to me!Rose

                               Thanks for the Fav Neko Emoji-37 (Yay) [V2] Bunny Emoji-87 (Thanks) [V5] Llama Emoji-39 (Eager) [V2]

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gkgaines Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for the FAV on
Black Panther - Shuri by gkgaines
elinkalo Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2018  Student Traditional Artist
Hi, thank you so much for fav, I appreciate it! : aww:
You can check my gallery here:…
Have a nice day! - Elia
RRJones Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you so much for the Faves!!
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