Halloween

Inktober 2018: Together Alone

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.

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Inktober 2018: Characters

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…

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Inktober 2017 Gallery 2

I overachieved in 2017 and combined the official Inktober prompt list with the Dralloween prompts of artist Mab Graves. I kept it all in my sketchbook and brought back a few of the characters from previous years to have some fun with their development. Sketches and references shown. The last half of the month:

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Inktober 2017 Gallery 1

I overachieved in 2017 and combined the official Inktober prompt list with the Dralloween prompts of artist Mab Graves. I kept it all in my sketchbook and brought back a few of the characters from previous years to have some fun with their development. Sketches and references shown. The first half of the month:

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Inktober 2016 Gallery 2

I wasn’t feeling the prompts for any of the Halloween Challenges in 2016, so I came up with my own list. I also went back to a purely hand drawn challenge, working with microns and Pitt Pen markers in a battered Moleskine sketchbook. I loved this year — some fun, tiny toons resulted. The last half of the month (apparently I missed Day 21: Enchanted Edible… ?):

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Inktober 2016 Gallery 1

I wasn’t feeling the prompts for any of the Halloween Challenges in 2016, so I came up with my own list. I also went back to a purely hand drawn challenge, working with microns and Pitt Pen markers in a battered Moleskine sketchbook. I loved this year — some fun, tiny toons resulted. The first half of the month:

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Drawlloween 2015

A sample of the more presentable pieces from Drawlloween 2015. This was my first time participating in a major art challenge! I was very much trying to find a balance between hand drawn sketchbook doodles and a fun version of the more polished vector work I’d done as a professional designer. The results are very uneven, but still lots of fun and hey, everyone starts somewhere! This challenge pre-dates the iPad Pro by a month — I was still drawing in Photoshop with the pen tool using my laptop trackpad. This challenge gave me some characters I used again in later years, like my Amulet Witch.

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Recommended Reading

If you’re interested in my comics, these are my most popular series:
Surprise, about being thrown unexpectedly in touch with genetic relatives via a DNA site
Cultural Scripts, about how society communicates
Inktober Comics, because INKTOBER IS AWESOME!

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