Inktober 3: The Third One

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.

“Inktober 3: The Third One” has brought into focus the significance of following through on the creative goals I’ve set for myself. It seemed as though the less time I had to dedicate to drawing, the more I felt compelled to sit down and do it. Talk about frustrating, right? Well, there’s an upside– this particular road-block brought to light something I seemed to have forgotten about: drawing is a practice of self care.  I’ve spent several hours this month re-learning what it means to create my own joy at my drafting table, swathed in comfy clothing, and cancelling out any distractions with the hum spilling from my headphones.

Though things got tough towards the end, I  managed to hit a major spring of inspiration around day 22. Spooky seasonal festivities and gearing up for awesome events like Jiffycon2017 took me out of my regular routine to really shake things up, let loose, meet some fantastic folks, and experience the rich, creative work of my peers. I’m exiting Inktober inspired to keep creating, and really, what more could I ask for? So, without further delay, here it is!– Days 18-31:

 

#inktober Day 18: Finally. All. Caught. Up. Here’s a weird lil #quickdraw of Yurio showing off his printed leggings.
#yurionice #yuriplisetsky #fanart #sketchbook#splits #pumatigerscorpion #icetigerofrussia

#inktober Day 19: I have a head cannon that Maka and Soul read stories aloud together after they’ve had a particularly tough day on the job. 💪🏼✨
#souleater #soulevans #makaalbarn#dynamicduo #readingaloud #meister#soulresonance #drawingoftheday#micronpens #pigmamb #📚

#inktober Day 20:
“Listen, Senpai, I don’t really care whether you recognize me as a boy or a girl. In my opinion, it’s more important for a person to be recognized for who they are rather than for what sex they are.” 👏🏼❤️👏🏼🎉👏🏼🔥
#haruhifujioka #ouranhighschoolhostclub#drawingoftheday #inspiringquotes #yes #🔥

#Inktober Day 21: I love my badass sons #yuriplisetsky and #otabekaltin⛸✨
#drawingoftheday #fanart #quickdraw#yurionice

#inktober Day 22: The Keystone Mystery Society! 👻🔮👻
#intober2017 #mystery #spooky#drawingoftheday #micronpen #pigmamb#halloween #spookyadventures #sketchbook#👻

#inktober Day 23: It may have been Keith’s birthday, but #pidge will always be my fav 💚 Here’s an aged up version of them, inked in green #gellyroll pens ✨
#voltron #voltronlegendarydefender #fanart#pidgegunderson #pidgeholt #greenpaladin#lovethem #drawingoftheday

#Inktober Day 24: Brokuto and Kurbro 👯
#haikyuu #kurootetsurou #bokutokotaro#brotp #oyaoyaoya #ohoho #volleybros#drawingoftheday #nekoma #fukurodani#sketchbook #fanart

Some major #inktober catch up! Day 25: I’m watching the new season of #voltronlegendarydefender and now I’m drawing vaguely shippy fanart? Oh well, c’est la vie ✌🏼✨
#mattholt #shiroganetakashi #voltron #fanart#cestlavie

For #inktober Day 26: Scab Gruffton, Ghost and Bravery– three characters I made for the world of #fuelpriest : a diesel punk #rpg by #timelesscaverns . These three characters make up the crew of The Princess Millipede– a patchwork airship with a haunted engine and jury rigged guns. I can’t wait to play again!
#tabletop #characterdesign#drawingoftheday #💕

I realize it’s now November, but I promised I would follow through on completing #inktober , even if it takes a few extra days! Day 27: Here’s a character named Prima that I played as last weekend during Brodie Atwater’s LARP “Here Is My Power Button”. #LARP #charactersketch#drawingaday #followingthrough #AI#hereismypowerbutton

“C’mon Hermes, let’s keep moving”
Day 28: Kino
#inktober #kinosjourney #kino #quickdraw#sketchbook #copicmarkers #sharpie#pigmamb #theythem #💕

Day 29: Aggie ✨🔮✨
Agatha is a character I played this past weekend at #jiffycon2017 during @bloodletterpress ‘s #starsfallup game slot. Aggie is a mortician in Pilot city, with a gift for talking to the dead, and a walk in closet to die for! Their fuzzy little friend is a kitten named Marrow.
#inktober #drawingoftheday #characterdesign#witchy #magic #🔮 #tabletop #RPG

Day 30: Almost there! Today’s drawing is another #witch ✨🔮✨ I haven’t come up with a back story for this cutie yet, but that’s ok!
#witchy #drawingoftheday #inktober #magic#micronpen #🔮

Day 31: The classic #hogwartsau ✨🔮✨ I’ve taken two of my fav volleyboys and sorted then into their houses! #hufflepuff for kind and patient Asahi, and #gryffindor for brave and determined Nishinoya.
That’s a wrap! A few days late, but I saw it through to the end #inktober2017 💪🏼✨
#haikyuu #asahiazumane #nishinoyayuu#drawingoftheday #sketchbook#limitedcolorpalette #fanart #volleyboys

Phew! The Inktober marathon is over, but remember: things are just starting to heat up! Take your inspiration, and run with it. Go wild! Make a pretty illustration. Create something totally gonzo. Write a slice of life comic. Let your geek flag fly!

Until we meet again–Congrats on making it to the finish line! What were you most proud of drawing over the last month? We’d love to know! Tag us on Twitter @hey_blp , or on Instagram @bloodletterpress .