I haven't been very active on the blog lately, but did complete some Inktober (but, of course not the whole challenge because, well, life.)

I'm not sure why these never made it to the blog.  Here is my Inktober roundup.

Inktober 2016 Day 2
Day 2, just doodling about the Occupational Therapy exercises that I'm doing with my young man.
Inktober 2016 Day 3
Day 3, not following themes at this point, just doodling some girls
Inktober 2016 Day 4
Day 4 - A flowy floral wreath
Inktober 2016 Day 8
Day 8 - Trying out a dip pen
Inktober 2016 Day 9
Day 9 - A's with a dip pen
Inktober 2016 Day 13
Day 13 - All sorts of ladies
Inktober 2016 Day 14
Day 14 - More ladies
Inktober 2016 Day 16
Day 16 - Went on theme for this one. Wet. (Not sure why I said it was Day 4?)
Inktober 2016 Day 17
Day 17 - Battle. This is my son's 'Team' at school, called The Catastrophe Crew.
Inktober 2016 Day 18
Day 18 - Escape. Luckily neither of my kids have done this one!
Inktober 2016 Day 19
Day 19 - Escape. Luckily neither of my kids have done this either...yet!
Inktober 2016 Day 20
Day 20 - Squeeze. Clara's hugs always come with an extra special squeeze
Inktober 2016 Day 21-22-23
Days 21, 22, and 23 - A few days wrapped into one (a cheat, yes, I know!) Big, Little, and Slow respectively
Inktober 2016 Day 24
Day 24 - Getting Hallowe'en-y now. One Dozen eyes
Inktober 2016 Day 25
Day 25 - My last one before life got in the way. Tired. Dead Tired

 

On my wish list as a kid was to fly in a hot air balloon.  I've been bungee jumping, skydiving, and piloted an ultralight plane, but no hot air balloon yet!
Maybe one day these two kiddos will join me. For now, though, I'll have to be content with making up Doodles and Stories for them about high flying adventures.

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Doodles of a perfect late summer day at the cottage.

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A joint project by Clara and I. Somehow her finishing touches totally complement the feel of the drawing.

Young rock star birthday card
Rock Star Birthday Card by me

I finished the drawing for Avalon's birthday. Avalon is a talented singer, and she's currently one of the lead singers with her local School of Rock House Band. She's only 12 but has presence beyond her years. She's a pretty good kid, I like her a lot 😉 Happy belated birthday sweet girl, Rock On 💕

I'm working on a little birthday drawing for my not-so-little niece on her 12th birthday.

Baby girl ballerina sketch
Prima Ballerina - Tori Walker

 

Today is World Ballet Day!  The things you find out on Instagram.  I get a lot of my reference for gesture sketching from ballet blogs, instagrams, and pins.  So, I thought I'd do a quick sketch of my little ballerina to honour the day.

Rough sketch of Mama feeding Baby

 

I've had a difficult time adjusting to drawing directly on to my tablet.  The feel is different from paper, and there is a slight offset and lag between the stylus and the cursor.  Last week I got the It3 Anti Glare screen protector and that has helped immensely to provide a more papery feel.   Now I'm working on doing an illustration from start to finish on my tablet.  The final inked version will be posted this week!

Note: The "Good Job" in the top left is a note of encouragement from my Dear Husband.  Sweet guy that he is 🙂

Ink drawings of different women
Sip & Stitch Gals

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Just some fictional ladies I'm working on for my local Sip & Stitch cover photo.

Sketchbook drawings for a future comic strip
Sketches for a future comic strip

There are days where, for one reason or another, I just don't get to sit down with my sketch book.  The kids, the errands, the extreme tiredness...life just gets in the way.  Sometimes this goes on for a few days, then a week, and then I start to look at my sketchbook with a combination of longing and fear.  I have a lot of ideas in my head, and I want to get them onto paper, but I'm afraid of what my hands or brain might have forgotten in their time away from the pencil.  I know this is ridiculous.  But, I am not naturally talented at drawing.  It's taken me a lot of practice and YouTube videos to feel good about where I am.  So, when I'm away for so long, I get afraid that I've somehow misplaced my ability to put lines on a page in a way that pleases me.

It happened to me this week, so I'm trying to get my groove back with some gesture studies and thumbnailing.  This, however, is some rough linework for my upcoming comic strip.