I used the Folktale Week challenge as a side project for NaNoWriMo. Working within the world of my novel, I created seven folktales as worldbuilding exercises. These foundational stories enrich my story and drawing on the side helped me decompress from writing yet stay mentally connected to my book.
For a while, I was making small comics about moments and people in the cafe down the street. For the first half of 2018, I was funemployed between tech gigs, so I had lots of free time to spend curled up in the corner armchair teaching myself to draw digitally (you can see they get progressively a little better as the year goes by lol). Times change, staff turns over, and I don’t go as much as I used to… but I often miss these moments.
I split Inktober 2018 into several small projects. For the middle two weeks of October, I tried my hand at a short black and white horror comic. It ended up not being very scary, but creating a narrative out of the prompts was a fun challenge and I am proud of the tragic tale that resulted. People were divided about my schoolmistressy handwriting — some found it tough to read, others said it added a lot of personality.
I split Inktober 2018 into several small projects. The first week of October was dedicated to characters from previous years. These characters had been mostly hand drawn in years prior so I wanted to play with drawing them digitally. I didn’t get a chance to explore every relationship — example, the two Frankensteins. Maybe some other year…