Inktober 2019


Inktober 2019 - My third Inktober. This is from day 3 prompts: Bait + Freeze + Build + Husky


Inktober 2019

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:

Inktober 2018 Prompt List and my artwork collage.

Some planning and rough sketches in late September for Inktober 2019.

October 1 - 2

Prompts: Ring + Mindless

They hide near the rings of Saturn while the alien spacecraft mindlessly searched for their ship.

Ring and Mindless

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.

Bait Freeze Build Husky

Sketch with finished painting before wind/snow marks.

Wind and Snow Pencil Marks

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.

Enchanted Frail Swing Pattern

Rabbit and Egg King Detail

My roughs, pencil, ink and finished painting before some touch-ups in photoshop.

Pencil Sketch

October 11

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.

October 14

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…

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

Ramble on..."

Songwriters: Jimmy Page / Robert Plant  -1969

NEXT POST: October 18

Prompts: Misfit + Sling