Inktober week 2

  • I hope no one minds but the other Inktober thread was becoming a bit unwieldy and hard to get to the new awesome drawings everyone was posting so here's an alternative if you like.

  • I was getting a little frustrated with the quality of my brush pen work so this one's a throwback to my comfort zone. Ball point pen, hatch marks and weird ideas.


  • @Jonathon-B Awesome work on this one!

  • SVS Team SVS Instructor Pro SVS OG

    Love this. My favorite of yours so far!

  • Very cool!!

  • Thanks Guys. @Lee-White. This is the kind of thing I do when I'm not thinking too hard and just letting my subconscious go to town. This is also the stuff I enjoy the most and get the most compliments about. However I've never been able to figure out how to marry this kind of work with actual illustration. Is that even possible? As much as I enjoy drawing like this, as soon as I get a commission or an assignment I tighten up and lose the sense of energy and randomness that I like seeing and doing. One of the things I really like about your work is the looseness and how it looks like something you did in your sketchbook on a whim even though you obviously put a lot of thought and work into it. You make it look simple and easy. (Ahhh if only...) Finding a "style" isn't really a problem I struggle with so much as letting it show through while I'm interpreting someone else's needs or ideas. It's like my default for trying(key word there) to get everything drawn perfectly and rendered exquisitely takes over and then it looks bland and boring. Anyway, this is something I would really like to figure out, so if you have any advice at all I would be super stoked to hear it. Thanks

    As an example Here is a peice I did out of my sketchbook for my own selfish purposes and an assignment I did for work. gorilla_gangster.jpg

    pirate girl 001.jpg

  • OK, I got a little sidetracked there. This is my official entry for today's Inktober. Inkbrush, micron 05 and ball point.Let's_Eat.jpg

  • SVS Team SVS Instructor Pro SVS OG

    jonathon, I hear what you are saying about staying loose for client work and I agree that it's extremely difficult. It's one of the things that almost everyone struggles with. As an instructor, I tell my students that typically their sketches will be the first thing that starts to look good, then the studies and personal paintings will look good. Finally, the professional work will start to match that quality as well.

    It's the last thing that matures in someones skill set, so don't worry too much about it. I think you are on that edge and will probably break through this problem sometime very soon. You have a great design sense and it looks like you are getting the technical chops squared away as well. Now just hitting the content and keeping that energy is what you have to focus on. As you get experience under your belt, you will start to see the cool possibilities in even mundane professional job. However, the personal pieces will almost always be better than the pro stuff. Any time there is a client it typically waters down the process a little.

    Keep it up! I think you are great and only getting better. : )

  • @Lee-white , Thanks Lee, That's really good to hear. I'll keep plugging away and working at it. My goal is to have a portfolio ready by next summer that I can start looking for some children's book jobs. You guys are really helping me get there and this forum has helped me focus on what I need to do. So thank's again.

  • Inktober Day 10 . Back to the brush pen. I really want top get good at this one because I love how it looks when it's done well.

  • Love the drawings, very creative, and awesome, energetic line work!

    @Jonathon-B @Lee-White - The conversation you just had about skill showing first in sketches before showing in commissioned work is SO helpful. I get so impatient with my slow progress, glad to hear there are tiers to growth. I'm catching up on the SVS forums after a couple busy weeks, and I'm so glad I found this thread.

    Thank you!

    PS- @Lee-White: I'm currently watching your visual storytelling class - loving the clear instruction and valuable content.

  • Had a bit of a crazy week and didn't get a chance to do any Inktober stuff, but I think I'm back on track. Here's a little fan art for ya. Finally upgraded my inkbrush and Holy Moley! it's a huge improvement. Using a Pentel (something). It's all in Japanese so I don't know what model it is but I'm really loving it.


  • Little Audrey: inkbrush pen and marker.


  • How the hell I missed your inktober, totally dig the first two.

  • @Jonathon-B


  • @Jiří-Kůs Thanks 🙂

  • Inktober Day 22. You can always trust a man who loves his pets. Brushpen with digital color.


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