Welcome to my third year entry into the Inktober Art Challenge.
Another challenge this year is I have started work on a new animated feature film this October. So…my time is limited to a few hours late at night and on weekends. Instead of making one drawing per day, I decided to combine a few prompts to help streamline the creative process. After doing some research, thumbnails, sketches and storyline pitches in late September, I am ready to create. No doubt there will be some editing along the way. My prep process usually helps things move smoothly.
There should be about 10 ink paintings in all with short storylines in the description. Maybe some of these stories will develop into full children’s picture books someday?
This is fun and frustrating all at the same time but worth every minute.
You can see my Inktober artwork from 2017 and 2018 on my instagram feed here: https://www.instagram.com/derekmoorhouse/
October 1 - 2
Prompts: Ring + Mindless
They hide near the rings of Saturn while the alien spacecraft mindlessly searched for their ship.
October 3 - 6
Prompts: Bait + Freeze + Build + Husky
The bait distracted the bear and allowed the freezing builders and their team of huskies safe passage to the village.
The snow and wind lines were added in photoshop from scanned 4B pencil marks. I was afraid that I may ruin my picture if it was the wrong decision to add the wind/snow and I couldn’t edit it later. There might be a little overthinking in all this Inktober madness.
October 7 - 10
Prompts: Enchanted + Frail + Swing + Pattern
Rabbit quietly entered the frail Egg King's enchanted kingdom. She evaded the patterned rebels soldiers and swung onto her bike to escape.
I added some of the motion line from the previous illustration to enhance the movement of the bicycle escaping.
Prompts: Snow + Dragon + Ash + Ornament
The exhausted snow dragon was unable to make fire. A fine ash was all he could muster. At least Charlie's sad ornamented tree was safe.
Prompts: Overgrown + Legend + Wild
Colourful overgrown trees shade the underground hobbit homes. The Shire was very peaceful compared to the distant wild Misty Mountains bordering legendary Rhovanion.
I created this fall concept piece after watching the Lord of the Rings trilogy again for the umpteenth time and studying the conceptual artwork by John Howe.
The Shire in fall colours with pumpkins and The Misty Mountains in the distance. I wanted some interesting details in the line work but the colours to be loose, happy and peaceful. A place we all would like to return to after a great quest. Ramble on…
"Leaves are falling all around
It's time I was on my way
Thanks to you I'm much obliged
For such a pleasant stay
But now it's time for me to go
The autumn moon lights my way
For now I smell the rain
And with it pain
And it's headed my way
Ah, sometimes I grow so tired
But I know I've got one thing I got to do
Songwriters: Jimmy Page / Robert Plant -1969
NEXT POST: October 18
Prompts: Misfit + Sling