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Inktober 2018

Journal Entry: Thu Nov 1, 2018, 10:57 AM
I did Inktober for the first time this year, and I did every day (I had to play catch up but that was scheduling and lack of materials not laziness/procrastination). For those of you who don't know, Inktober is a month-long art challenge where you make an inked piece of art every day. That's the only solid rule. There's an official prompt list every year, but I didn't use it, and instead used a list someone made for a Dragon Age Drawtober (so, all Dragon Age-related prompts).

Here's my Inktober postmortem:

It was... a really cool experience. I got to try out a lot of techniques and things that I'd never really done before. I mostly used microns and ohuhu alcohol markers, but I also used some gel pens and ballpoint pens and watercolors and tombow markers too. I flip-flopped between wishing that I had just picked one style of coloring so that I could have a cohesive batch of art and being grateful that I hadn't so that I didn't get bored doing just one thing the whole month.

Obviously, I like some pieces better than others. Some of my mistakes happened in the sketch, some of them happened in the inking, some of them happened when I was laying down color. One thing I've definitely realized is the power of the white gel pen. Days 17 and 27 were saved with that gel pen, and it's a super useful tool that I won't neglect when I make more traditional art. I also realized how much I love the splotchy look of watercolor. I feel like if I wanted a flat, even wash I would have done it digitally. The texture is really cool, and I kept trying to push myself to get more of it.

Now, I also just, like, couldn't have done Inktober before now. The way that I work wouldn't have allowed it. I have a relatively new lightbox, and it was -invaluable- for this project. Nothing (except those first three days and 11 where the pen sketch is the whole point) was sketched on the paper it was inked on. Everything was at least edited digitally before being printed and inked traditionally.

I also don't know if I could have done this with any other prompt list. The official Inktober prompt list is just... too broad for me. I think of myself more as an illustrator than an artist: I draw characters -from- things (be they from my things or someone else's). If it's not a character I know with a story I know, why am I wasting my time designing and investing in them? Finding this DA prompt list was a huge help. The 3.5 games and my 14 characters plus all the canon characters from it was a broad enough pool to draw from that I didn't get bored or feel trapped and a narrow enough pool that I didn't feel overwhelmed by my choices, trying to find one of my 100+ characters to fit into that prompt. Plus, taking the time to write the characters I planned to draw next to their prompts and all that was also super helpful. Nothing could sneak up on me and make me waste time planning instead of drawing.

So, I don't love every piece I made but I made every piece and I'm proud of that. If I do Inktober again, I'd love to get one of those, like, wheels of ink bottles and play around with that, just to add some more variety to what I'm able to make. I will definitely need to pre-assess what my prompt list will be, but if I can do that, I think I'll be all set.

A few of my favorites:
DA Drawtober 10 by emilythesmelly DA Drawtober 11 by emilythesmelly DA Drawtober 27 by emilythesmelly DA Drawtober 18 by emilythesmelly DA Drawtober 20 by emilythesmelly

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I wanna do a 3 marker/pencil/watercolor challenge, but I never draw anyone who isn't already a character with a color scheme?
I'm nailing down my Dragon Age Inquisition timeline and Hawke is at Skyhold/with the Inquisition when The Winter Palace happens I was wondering if she would get an invite
And then I was like...
All of Orlais probably knows about the shit that happened at the last Orlesian party she went to.  Noble or not, Champion or not, no one is gonna send her an invite.  In fact, they're gonna send Josie a letter that says "hey this invite absolutely does not extend to Hawke."
me looking through my gallery: ugh I wanna redraw this and this and this
also me: bitch you've already got a list of shit you need to draw the first time
kasimira CASUAL by emilythesmelly
trying again with Kasi's ID finally
(still haven't done Gyde/Desta/Josiah but shh soon)
I... may need a character with a mullet?  Maybe I like that?


Millie Poirier
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FreckleF0x Featured By Owner 2 days ago  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks for the fav! Knowing someone enjoyed my work definitely helps motivate me, so I appreciate your support. Heart Heart Heart 
TeoMegalion Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2018  Student Digital Artist
Thanks very much for the Llama badge!)
I'm very happy - you inspire me to draw more arts)
My soul is sings and I running to draw new nice and better arts)
You can inspire me more - join to me, and you will see my arts before all!
Thanks very much for your inspire and have a nice day:
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Look - my soul burn, as fire,
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Far in space, further than Mars
Run! Come on with me -
Burn together! And you will see
My future arts!
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Thank you so much for the llama!
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Thanks for the fav on my Fran portrait!
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Thanks for the llama.
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Thanks for the llama:)
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Thank you for adding my work to your collection :) I’m happy you enjoyed it

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:woohoo: :party: :iconcakelickplz: !!! HAPPY BIRTHDAY !!! :iconcakelickplz: :party: :woohoo:

On behalf of the birthdays team, I sincerely apologize that your greeting has arrived late this year.

We hope you had an awesome day with lots of birthday fun, gifts, happiness and most definitely, lots of cake! Here's to another year!

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Happy Birthday! Have a good one! :D
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