In case yall couldn’t tell from our barrage of selfies and excited squealing this past weekend, BLP had an absolute blast at Arisia. We came, we sold stuff, we met a whole ensemble of really rad people and came away with our heads full of new ideas. In this Going Around we wanted to take a moment to reflect on the most meaningful moments and events that happened for each of us during the weekend.
Sometimes, it’s nice to gaze up into the stars and get some perspective. You might contemplate the supermassive black hole at the center of our galaxy, or try to hold in your mind the fact that even the emptiest bit of space you can see is filled with stars too far away for us to see from our planet. You might wonder if there’s intelligent life looking back at us, and what their memes are like. Maybe you’re tracing one of the constellations, ancient storytelling tools drawn through light-years of space, shapes that will last the course of human history several times over before the ever-shifting universe pulls them apart. Maybe you’re just thinking about Carrie Fisher or Carl Sagan. This week, our panel of contributors share with you some of our favorite stories that take place in the final frontier.
Well, here I am, a few days late and a dollar or so short–but, I am here, and that counts for something. It’s been an adventure fighting the inky beast, but guess what? It turns out that the ol’ beasty is actually pretty rad, and instead of fighting them, I should have just been like, totally embracing this inky fiend all along, you know? Anyway, all’s well that ends well, so with a cramped up drawing hand, and stars in my eyes, I can finally close this chapter of my sketchbook with a sense of pride. Continue reading Inktober 3: The Third One
As it would turn out, even the best laid plans have their way of going awry. You might recall that in last week’s Inktober Round-Up, I set a goal for myself this year: stick to a particular theme for each week of the challenge. I had intended to warm up with a few days of fun and fluffy fan-art before diving into a week full of witches, spooks, specters, and things that go bump in the night. This worked…for a few days. As my girl Emily Dickinson once said, “The heart wants what it wants”, and much to nobody’s surprise, my fragile little heart burns bright with an ardent nerd-fire that has yet to be quelled. So here I am– a few days later than anticipated– proudly delivering another hot batch of fan-fueled Inktober magic:
Hey all, I (Nagi) am in charge of this week’s Going Around feature. I wanted to stick with the theme of fall, but we already did spooky last week. But the autumnal times are also periods of wonderful color, at least if you’re living in certain climate zones. So I want to ask:
Why is color important in creative media? What are your favorite examples of color in a piece of art or a narrative?
People of the internet rejoice: Inktober has been off to a great start! Friends near and far have been hard at work, pressing that pen to page every day, getting one step closer to the finish line! “But what’s drawing so much inspiration from these people?”, you might ask. Well, truly awful puns aside, that’s a great question. The answers you get will differ from artist to artist. Some folks like to stick to the official list. Some folks will follow alternate lists, much like this one I posted last week. Then, there are folks like myself, who, despite their best intentions, are a bit all over the place. This year, I’ve decided to (more or less) stick to a particular theme for each week of Inktober. This week’s theme has been “Fanart”, with a more specific focus on anime and manga series that have wormed their way into my heart.
It’s the most wonderful time of the year: scratchy sweaters, stuffing your face with pumpkin spice everything, and huddling around the ol’ bonfire for some skin crawling stories with friends. October is simply 31 days of all the best things that Autumn has to offer. Among these offerings is the beloved (and at times anxiety-inspiring) tradition of “Inktober”. Created by Mr. Jake Parker in 2009, the premise is simple: make an ink drawing once a day, for thirty-one consecutive days. Much like its literary sibling “NaNoWriMo”, Inktober is meant to inspire and challenge artists to improve their skills, and experiment with new ideas.
This year will mark my third consecutive Inktober, and I could not be more excited. You can bet your buns I’ve got a sketchbook and fresh pencils just waiting to be put to work. While Inktober is meant to be a fun creative exercise, sometimes it can be tougher than you thought to squeeze that drawing a day into your schedule. Perhaps you only have ten minutes to dedicate to your drawing, somebody’s getting married, you’ve begun living the plot of a heist movie, you’re facing a rough depressive streak or, maybe, you have just plain run out of ideas. Well, no worries babes, Miki’s gotcha.
You can find Mr. Jake Parker’s official Inktober 2017 page here.
Parker’s prompts tend to be single words, implying action or character qualities. I’m here to provide a list of 31 alternative/additional prompts to keep tough stuff like you producing quality Inktober magic when the going gets tough: