As a quick recap, for those of you who aren’t familiar with it, Inktober is a fun art challenge that lasts through the month of October. It was started in 2009 by Mr. Jake Parker. An artist who said that he started it as a “way of challenging himself to improve his inking skills, and improve drawing habits.” It has become a fun, (sometimes stressful) way for many other artists to do this as well. Mr. Parker posts a list of words to be used as prompts to get you thinking about something to draw. He does mention however, that people can draw whatever they like, and many people do. I usually try to stick to the prompts. I did post the first two drawings of the challenge last week, so I thought I would stick some older Inktober or Drawlloween (another great challenge), sketches here as well to keep it interesting. (You can see these, and more from a past Inktober challenge on my blog post from July 9th, 2019, “Challenge Me”)
Some, maybe most of the one’s I did last year, had a decidedly more sinister aspect to them. I did this in keeping with the whole, Halloween month theme. I may do some in this vein this year, who knows? The following are the images I’ve done for the first seven days of this year’s Inktober, beginning with Day 1 “Ring”.
As mentioned in my last post, I decided to start out with a simple, easy picture for the first prompt, “ring”. (above), no pressure. You might ask yourself, ‘pressure? Why is there pressure’? Is there a prize involved, (no). Fame, fortune? (Nope). So why do literally thousands of people join in this challenge? Of course I can’t speak for anyone but myself, so I will give you my reasoning. I have no reasoning. No just kidding. I do like a challenge. It makes me think, often way outside the box, and gives me a chance to stretch my artistic chops so to speak. For me there is some stress involved though. And from different comments I’ve read on the Inktober twitter page, I’m not the only one. When I commit to doing something, I like, nay, I am compelled to follow through. Even though I do it basically for myself, I sometimes put pressure on myself. But then I remember the spirit of it, and find it is fun to do, and to interact with other artists and to see what they come up with. Day 2 is “Mindless” I decided not to go into the whole reason of why I ended up re-using an older sketch, as I explained it last week. So if you’re interested and (gasp) didn’t read last week’s post, you can find out why there. 🙂
For day three the prompt is “bait”. Trying to avoid the obvious, I went way out on a limb and did something that is maybe a little too sweet. But I was happy with it, so that’s all that matters, heheh.
Day 4 is “Freeze”. You may notice a little running theme. I had had it in mind to try to do all of my pieces with elephants as central figures. I’ve already missed a few on that. But again, no big deal. I did receive a very thoughtful compliment on this one, and that is always really appreciated. Like I mentioned folks doing this are extremely nice, and encouraging.
Day 5 is “Build”. Again, maybe I’m being a little corny, but this is a subject close to my heart, and if I can influence even one person to be kinder, and to want to help animals, then that’s OK.
When I’m doing any of these challenges, I don’t look at what others have done for prompts until after I’ve done my own so as not to be influenced. Drawings run the gammit from very simple, to extreme crazy-amazing work. I won’t lie, I do feel sometimes that I have to “up my game.” But that’s only for my own benefit. As an artist, I am always striving to stretch. These challenges aren’t a competition, and people are kind and honestly enjoy each other’s work. I highly recommend it for anyone. We are a week in, but you can jump in at any time.
Day 6 “Husky” This was a total “gimme” for me. I have a husky, and she loves to pose. (Really she just lays around a lot.) This is Kota.
Other than when I am painting abstracts, I’m mostly a realist painter. I have always admired fantasy paintings, and the artists who have the ability to bring that to new heights. So this last prompt for the week, “Enchanted” was a little trickier for me. I didn’t want to do anything trite, but again, it isn’t my usual style. After thinking about it a bit, I think I came up with a good mix of realism, and fantasy. Many times when I’m drawing or painting, time slips by me. I have often looked back at a piece and thought how it didn’t seem as if I’d done it, as if my paint brush, or my pencil is… “enchanted”.
Thank you for taking the time to read my blog. I hope you enjoyed it, and maybe learned a few things. See you next time!
The following artworks have a “space” theme, and in honor of the 50th anniversary of the moon landing I thought this would be an appropriate post. (At the end of this post, check out the photos my Dad, Anthony V. LoGiudice, took of our small black and white TV of the actual 1st moon landing back in 1969!)
There are many creative tools available to artists now to enhance an art piece or change it to make it even more exciting. I’ve discovered with abstract in particular, the use of some of these tools not only gives another perspective of a piece, but brings out or highlights aspects that had previously been hidden. Hidden or simply not as noticeable. I like some of them as much as the originals! With that in mind, I give you some original works along with some enhanced versions. And I hope to be producing prints of both the originals and the enhanced versions to add to the site for sale in the near future. These pieces would look great alone or as sets to “enhance” your space. And like an abstract art “Where’s Waldo”, you can look closely to see the things you may not have noticed, and let me know which “versions” you like. Enjoy!
“Interstellar String Theory l”
“Interstellar String Theory- Classic”
“Interstellar String Theory- Red”
I’m adding this little 2 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ chibi of David Bowie as “Major Tom” in this group because… space. Heheh.
(I’ll be making various chibi ATC, -Art Trading Cards to sell at upcoming comic cons.)
“Crystal Star Cave Explosion l”
“Crystal Star Cave Explosion- Classic”
“Crystal Star Cave Explosion- Dark”
“Crystal Star Cave Explosion- Red”
Breaking Through Daylight l”
Breaking Through Daylight- Classic”
Breaking Through Daylight- Red”
“The Jetsons l”
“The Jetsons Red,” “Classic” and “Dark”
Photos taken by my Dad, (who was an amateur photographer), Anthony V. LoGiudice, from our little black and white television, on July 20th, 1969 of the very first Moon Landing. With astronauts, Neil Armstrong and Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin. (Oh, and the president speaking to them from the white house- inset.)
Thanks for joining me, see you next time!
Hi everyone! Just a quick note to invite you to take a look at my latest abstract painting “The Jetsons”. As I was painting, it began to remind me of a cartoon I used to love as a kid, (in a very abstract, “out there” kind of way!)