Featured Student Inktober Edition 2020


  • SVS Team

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    Inktober is almost upon us and we are going to be featuring a group of students that participate in the challenge! Anyone that participates in Inktober this year, even if you are not planning to do all 31 days, is invited to participate. We also want to know a little about your Inktober plan. In your post include answers to all of the questions below as well as 1-2 of the images you create for Inktober. Because we want you to include some of your Inktober pieces, the deadline for posts will be October 11th and not the end of September. We will then reach out to those that are selected the next week with a short Inktober themed Q&A that will be posted before the end of October.

    Planning Questions:

    • How often are you planning to participate (daily, weekly, etc)?

    • What are you using to guide your drawings (such as an overarching theme and/or the prompts list)? Give details.

    • When are you planning to make time to do your ink drawings?

    • Are you planning to use these drawings once your done other then just posting to social media?

    Instructions:
    To be considered share 1-2 of your best Inktober pieces (they need to be from 2020) on this forum post with answers to the planning questions listed above. Make sure to share your image by the 11th of October to be considered. Also, make sure your images are at least 800 pixels on the shortest side and do not exceed 1mb in size.
    Work will be selected based off of how well the work uses the following:

    Concept: How well does your illustration convey a clear concept/story. Is it a unique approach? Does it make me want to know more about what is happening in the illustration?

    Technique: How is the composition working? Does it have good use of lighting, rendering, mark making, etc.? Does the technique compliment the concept?

    Ink: Was it created using ink (either digitally or traditionally)?

    If you are selected, we will be emailing you using the email indicated on your forum account. Besides your art being displayed on the homepage, you will also be sent a few questions for a Q&A blog post that will be shared on the SVSLearn blog.

    I am excited to participate with all of you this year and can't wait to see what everyone posts!
    Austin



  • Hi @AustinShurtliff, thank you for the opportunity!

    Q&A:

    How often are you planning to participate (daily, weekly, etc)? My goal is daily; even if it’s just a fun piece that takes me 5min.

    What are you using to guide your drawings (such as an overarching theme and/or the prompts list)? Give details. I’m going for kids having an adventure, expressing emotion, and of course the Inktober and SVS prompts.

    When are you planning to make time to do your ink drawings? Although I work full-time in engineering and construction, and have a family to care for, I find opportunistic moments here and there to sketch and ink after work and after everyone goes to sleep. I’ll slap thumbnails down during lunch or brief breaks too!

    Are you planning to use these drawings once your done other then just posting to social media? Perhaps I could add to my portfolio if they add value; but nevertheless, I’ll use them to bring a smile to my family if nothing else.

    These were sketched on paper using Prismacolor Pencils and Inked using a Pentel Brush Pen & Copic Multiliner pen for fine lines.

    Thank you!

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  • I am participating daily, using sketches I drew in Sept from Google photo references for study, I am using the prompts, I work primarily in the early morning, I'm not planning to use my drawings for anything else, also I'm using different inking methods depending on the drawing - Traditional ink including ball point pen and digital. The two below are for the Day 1Fish (Traditional ink) and Day 3 Bulky (Digital).
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  • SVS Team

    @Jeremy-Ross looking good! Thanks for sharing your plan and these two pieces.


  • SVS Team

    @deborah-Haagenson these look great! I like all of the detail you did on the fish hook.



  • @AustinShurtliff Thank you! That was my first piece with traditional ink (pens).



  • How often are you planning to participate (daily, weekly, etc)?
    Daily

    What are you using to guide your drawings (such as an overarching theme and/or the prompts list)? Give details.
    Im going off the regular prompt list. Im trying to learn how well i use ink and watercolor together. The theme im going for is Frog Characters.

    When are you planning to make time to do your ink drawings?
    Im on the Inktober email list so I get the prompts a week before it’s posted on instagram. Before I get the prompts I go out and buy a nice sketchbook (preferably stillman and birns zeta series because they are pretty good for pen nibs and also washes) I use that week to plan out and do the sketches. The the month of September I did the watercolors on top of the sketches, as well as ink the first few. This leaves me with plenty of time to ink the rest without stressing.
    Are you planning to use these drawings once your done other then just posting to social media?
    Im not sure yet. My partner thinks these will make nice prints but I dont think im that good at watercolors yet for anyone to want to purchase them. Maybe ill do a test run on etsy and see the response I get.
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  • @AustinShurtliff Can we share Primal + Inktober (from the four extra prompts) artwork for the Featured Student Inktober Edition 2020? 😁



    • How often are you planning to participate (daily, weekly, etc)?
      --- I'll be posting each day

    • What list item are you using to guide your drawings (such as an overarching theme and/or the prompts list)? Give details.
      --- I've decided to do each item from the official prompt as a single panel comic

    • When are you planning to make time to do your ink drawings?
      --- I'll be spending between two and four hours each day drawing, inking and coloring (also with ink). Given my schedule, I'll be doing this whenever I can find the time throughout the day. Usually it's in the early afternoon, though.

    • Are you planning to use these drawings once your done other then just posting to social media?
      --- I'll be putting the best ones into a new 'comics' portfolio section on my website. I'm not exactly sure what to pursue with that addition, but I've enjoyed the project thus far and think there's potential to make something of it in some unforeseen way.

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    • How often are you planning to participate (daily, weekly, etc)?

    I am posting a new character illustration, along with a process video (IGTV), daily on my social media platforms.

    • What are you using to guide your drawings (such as an overarching theme and/or the prompts list)? Give details.

    I am following a prompt list created by @odnatamyara and @soniastegemann over on Instagram called Monster Mania. Every day’s prompt is a new monster to draw!

    • When are you planning to make time to do your ink drawings?

    In previous years I have failed doing all 31 days of inktober! This year I vowed it would be different! I started sketching and planning in early September. I even went so far as to concept out all 31 days and scrap them to start over. Instead of the complex ideas I originally had, I decided to create simple and appealing characters to expand my portfolio. In late September I started inking to have some photography and video footage edited for October 1st. I find I work well in batches, it’s easier to schedule in a few FULL painting/inking days rather than have my creative energy scattered and possibly miss a day because, well, life in 2020. Now I just have a few more pieces to finish and videos to edit and I will finally have accomplished my life’s mission of finishing inktober, mouhahah!

    • Are you planning to use these drawings once your done other then just posting to social media?

    I am planning to have all my originals (ink on watercolour paper) up for sale on my new website/shop (launching end of October...I hope...cough cough) Prints eventually. And I would love to make a little zine with my 31 characters. Even if I only make a copy for myself! I’ve grown quite fond of the little ghouls 😁

    Thanks so much for takin the time to read all my jibberjabber! 😊

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  • Hi @AustinShurtliff !
    -How often are you planning to participate (daily, weekly, etc)?
    ~Every day!
    -What are you using to guide your drawings (such as an overarching theme and/or the prompts list)? Give details.
    ~I’m going right off the prompt list. Sometimes it’s just the first thing to come to mind, almost like improv. “The word is Chef, Spongebob is a chef, I’ll do a Spongebob”. I’m also trying to keep it varied. If I do full color one day, maybe I’ll do black and white the next. Or if one is a character, the other might be a scene.
    -When are you planning to make time to do your ink drawings?
    ~I’m furloughed so I have all the time in the world. But each drawing varies between 2-8 hours.
    -Are you planning to use these drawings once your done other then just posting to social media?
    ~I would like to turn some in to pins maybe? Ultimately this was just a great opportunity to build my portfolio and test some new things.
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  • How often are you planning to participate (daily, weekly, etc)?

    About once a week.

    What are you using to guide your drawings (such as an overarching theme and/or the prompts list)? Give details.

    I follow the prompt list. Unless somethings different happens while experimenting

    When are you planning to make time to do your ink drawings?

    One the weekends

    Are you planning to use these drawings once your done other then just posting to social media?

    Im thinking about turning the drawings into products such as blankets, textile pattterns...etc.

    This drawing was done after experimenting with brush and ink from HabbenInk workshop course.

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  • This is very exciting! Here are my submissions and answers. Note that these illustrations are all traditionally made.

    Participation:
    Daily! I enjoy difficult tasks and the aspect of staying in it to make 31 pieces of art is a driving force for me. I am, however, planning drawings ahead of time.

    Guide:
    A lot of my recent work has been coming from the monthly challenges here. I want to take this time to pull in some inspirations from my own life and really make images that I'm happy with and want to make. I'm not necessarily aiming for a deep story in these images, but I would like there to be something interesting to pull viewers in, and having good design is key. I will pull from the prompts if I find one inspiring or if something I have planned happens to line up. Outside of the narrative elements, the main thing guiding my inktober is wanting to bring something unexpected to inking. There is something to be said for traditional line focused inking, but that is not an enjoyable process for me. I want my work this month to challenge what people think of for inktober.

    Time:
    I'm fitting little pockets of work in when I can. I enjoy waking up early, so I'll get some prep or ink time in before my day job starts. I'll also work on inktober a bit after work, as well as on the weekends.

    Uses:
    Social media is my main use for these, I want to focus on growing that more. In addition though, I want some of these to be added to my potfolio. It's exciting to see that my inktober work so far fits right in with my digital work. Lastly, if any pieces garner a lot of attention I want to set them up for prints and private sales of originals (if there is interest.)

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  • SVS Team

    @Oriana-Fernandez yes! Any artwork you create for Inktober Can be submitted.



  • @AustinShurtliff First of all, thanks for the opportunity and for the upvotes on some of my previous posts!

    I do have a few questions, though:

    1. Can I enter even though I'm not an official SVS student? (I'm just on the forums)

    2. Are we allowed to submit fanart?

    3. May we submit work that's more historical/historically based or realistic in tone/nature?

    Thanks in advance!


  • SVS OG

    @Melanie-Daigle very cute!



  • **@AustinShurtliff said in Featured Student Inktober Edition 2020:

    Planning Questions:

    How often are you planning to participate (daily, weekly, etc)?
    I'm planning on at least 31 posts. I'd like to get one out everyday, but I'm not going to stress about it if I end up posting a couple on one day if I need to catch up.

    What are you using to guide your drawings (such as an overarching theme and/or the prompts list)? Give details.
    I'm using the Inktober prompts list, trying to just capture the idea in a simple image.

    When are you planning to make time to do your ink drawings?
    5am, before life gets too busy. I'll sketch up rough ideas during the little moments of the day, but I like having a good chunk of quiet focus time to work on the finished picture. Working at 5am gives me an hour before the day starts.

    Are you planning to use these drawings once you're done other than just posting to social media?
    I don't have any definite plans. I admire people that make good use of their art pieces in several different ways, but for now I'm just focused on learning and improving my skills.

    Rodent (relaxing in a warm cup of tea):
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    Fancy:
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  • SVS Team

    @Jonathan-Malski great questions! You are welcome to participate even if you are not a subscriber right now. This monthly contest is open to everyone on the forum. You are free to post fan art, but due to copyright laws those images might not be able to be posted in the student gallery on the homepage or in the Q&A blog post. Historic and realistic art is all welcome.


  • SVS Team

    @Kyle-Tobey these look great!